Over the past several years, I’ve seen so many cool baskets. Metal, wicker, fabric, or leather, I like them all. So useful, almost everywhere. I was especially intrigued by a clever folding basket design.
A brilliant origami-esque design uses slits to hold the shape without help from other materials. No sewing, snaps, buttons, zippers or anything of the like. Wanting a basket to store magazines, I used iron on interface (essentially a sheet of hem tape) to fuse two pieces of fabric together and prevent fraying.
Before cutting, I created a template on Kraft paper. The areas inside the white show one-quarter of the design. Just flip to make the other sides.
With my template ready, I traced it onto my fabric, cut, and put the handle through the tabs.
Instant no sew basket, albeit a floppy one.
Honestly, it does keep my magazines contained, but isn’t anywhere near rigid enough to carry. If you make your own, use a few more layers of fabric. The stiffer/sturdier, the better.
After this basket failure, I dug in Ben’s leather cache and found a thick, saddle/belt type leather. He said he didn’t need it, so I made a leather tote to store newspaper.
Same process, but the heavy leather is perfectly sturdy and oh so handsome. A welcome addition to our fire supply area, now that temps are dropping.