Create additional storage for your home with this easy no-sew braided basket – made from an old pot!
A little over a fortnight ago I posted about making some no-sew mini baskets to store/organise some of my craft supplies. A few days after sharing the baskets, I started wondering if I could make a similar no-sew basket big enough to store a throw blanket.
After a little brainstorming and a shameful amount of Pinterest browsing (I get distracted, okay, mum), I decided to use an old plastic pot as the base for a bigger no-sew basket.
Here’s what the pot looked like before:
Here’s what the pot looks like now, after it went on one of those makeover shows:
My favourite part about this project is how easy it is. All it involves is braiding some sash cord, gluing the cord to the pot, and lining the pot with an old pillow case. Because ain’t nobody got time to sew a basket liner (it wouldn’t be a very good no-sew project if you had to sew something, after all).
If you need some additional storage around your home, scroll down to see how easy it is to make your very own no-sew braided basket!
P.S. If you like no-sew projects, you might also like:
- Easy no-sew removable cushion cover
- 10 minute no-sew cafe curtains
- No-sew ruffled farmhouse curtains
- No-sew mini storage baskets
(Why yes, I am obsessed with avoiding sewing at all costs.)
Upcycle an old pot into a pretty no-sew braided basket
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To make your no-sew braided basket, you will need:
- An old pot, washed thoroughly.
- Sash cord. The amount you need depends on a few variables. See below for more information.
- Jute rope
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks.
- An old pillowcase
- Several safety pins, two hair ties, and a pair of scissors.
Calculating how much sash cord you need
How much cord you’ll need depends on variables such as the size of your pot (width and height) and the thickness of your braid. The easiest way to figure out how much cord you need is to buy one packet of cord, braid it, then wrap it around your pot.
If your braid covers 1/3 of the pot, you’ll need to buy 2 more packets. If it covers 1/2, you’ll need to buy 1 more packet.
I’m sure someone more talented at maths can come up with a formula, but that person is not me. I can’t even do long division. I don’t even know what the ‘long’ in long division stands for.
To begin, cut your sash cord into three equal parts. Tie the strands together with a hair tie, then braid the cord as you would your own hair. To limit the amount of tangling, I braided a few loops then use an additional hair tie to keep the braid in place while I untangled the rest of the cord, like so:
When you’ve finished braiding your cord, slide the top of the braid through one of the holes at the bottom of your pot. Remove the hair tie and apply a generous amount of hot glue to attach the cord to the pot.
With your cord in place, begin wrapping the braid around the pot. Apply hot glue to the back of your braid as you go to keep everything nice and secure.
Stop braiding when you’re about 2 inches from the top of the pot. It’s now time to make your handles!
Drive a pair of scissors into the side of the pot to make two holes. Repeat on the other side.
Cut a piece of jute rope approximately 12″ in length. Tie one end of the rope and thread it through one of the holes:
Loop the rope through the other hole. Tie it off like so:
Repeat on the other side of your pot so that you have two handles.
With your handles firmly in place, wrap the remaining braid around the pot until you reach the top. Secure the end of the rope with a generous amount of hot glue.
The final step is to create the lining for your basket. As this is a no-sew project, I decided to use an old pillowcase to line the basket. Pop your pillowcase inside your basket then use a safety pin to pin the pillowcase at the back, like so:
And with that, your no-sew braided basket is all finished!
I hope this project inspired you to make your own no-sew basket! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch via the comments below.
Have a lovely day xoxo
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