(Ph. © Genevieve Garruppo/Lonny)Sewers, start your engines! You know those amazing African woven baskets that have been popping up everywhere from interiors maven Michelle Smith's understated powder room to designer Ariane Goldman's family-friendly retreat? I had my eye on this stunner—which, let's face it, I'll probably still get because it's awesome!—but then DIY expert Kiera Coffee showed us how to create our own stylish rope basket, and now we're hooked. Here's how to make it for yourself.
(Ph. © Kiera Coffee)What you'll need:
-- laundry rope to your desired length
-- thread in the color of your choice
-- spray paint (optional)
-- lamp cord (optional)
1. Coil your rope and secure it with a zig-zag stitch on your sewing machine. The first coil needs to be held in place but after that it's easy. (The white rope I use here is laundry rope sprayed with various colors of paint.)
(Ph. © Kiera Coffee)2. Once you have a big enough circle for the base for your basket, angle the rope upward as you sew to create a lip. This seems like it won't work but it does!
(Ph. © Kiera Coffee)3. If you want to switch ropes (this black rope is lamp cord), just hold the old rope and the new rope together, and continue stitching. I changed to black thread for the black cord, but contrast thread would be nice, too.
(Ph. © Kiera Coffee)4. Continue zig-zagging until you reach your desired height.
(Ph. © Kiera Coffee)5. Finish off your basket by sewing down the end of the rope against the lip.