No Sew Basket

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.

No-Sew-Folding-Basket-Quarter-Template

With my template ready, I traced it onto my fabric, cut, and put the handle through the tabs.

No-Sew-Folding-Basket-Fabric-Front-Detail

Instant no sew basket, albeit a floppy one.

No-Sew-Folding-Basket-Fabric-Front

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.

No-Sew-Folding-Basket-Fabric-Inside

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.

No-Sew-Folding-Basket-Leather

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.

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3 thoughts on “No Sew Basket

  1. I don’t know if it’s just me but I am confused about the template. I have no idea where to start but I’d love to try making one of these!

  2. Okaaaaaay. I also don’t understand about the template, and maybe also the folding, and maybe also the handles, and maybe also the size. Can it be folded and unfolded easily (many times)? I think a detailed tutorial is in order. Please.

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