cord basket

I probably shouldn’t admit this, but in the three years we’ve lived in this apartment, I’ve never had a trash can in my craft room. Usually there’s a stray Joann’s bag I can throw extra bits of string or scraps of fabric into, but sometimes I just have a Designated Trash Spot– an area I loosely aim for when tossing clipped threads on the ground. It’s a problem I decided to remedy today by making a cord basket.

suppliesUnlike other baskets I’ve made, this one is not woven. Coils and coils of cotton cord are held together with a simple zig-zag stitch, creating a sturdy yet bendable vessel. This idea’s been popping up seemingly everywhere I look, and I finally grabbed some cotton sash and sat down at my sewing machine for a couple hours.

cord basketIt’s not quite as polished as it could be, but I’m pretty happy with the end result. As far as trash cans go, it’s quite a looker. I’m excited to have a new container-making-method at my disposal, and I’m also excited to finally have a place for trash.

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47 Responses to cord basket

  1. Cheryl says:

    Wow! This is absolutely brilliant and I can’t wait to try it (you can never have to many buckets, you know!). I stopped over here from Craftgawker, and I’m really digging’ your site. Looking forward to seeing more posts from you!

  2. Jessica says:

    thanks so much!

  3. Kim says:

    This is fantastic – I need to make a dozen of these, in all shapes and sizes. Beautiful work!

  4. Jessie says:

    It looks great! Did you use a machine for the zig zag stitch? I worry my machine wouldn’t be able to deal with a cord that thick.

  5. Jessica says:

    Kim- thanks!
    Jessie- i used a singer confidence– just a regular home machine. the cord is pretty thick, but it’s also soft. i had no trouble at all with my machine.

  6. nice basket! found this post after checking my webshop stats

  7. Lori says:

    I love the look of your basket! I have a coil of this rope waiting for me to do one of the fabric wrapped baskets but I never seem to get to it. Now I’m thinking I like your idea better… hmm..

  8. Amy says:

    This looks great! I’m tempted to make a huge one for some of my daughter’s toys, but I know better than to attempt that….right?

  9. Jessica says:

    Doug- thanks! i had some really great inspiration!
    Lori- thank you!
    Amy- i say go for it!

  10. Ashley' says:

    Do you have a tutorial for this?

  11. Jessica says:

    yep, i linked it in my post, but i’ll put it here, too:

  12. I love this! I want this! Thank you so much for sharing. I found you via Craftgawker, and I’m so glad | did. This little piece of loveliness made my day.

  13. Jessica says:

    oh, thank you! i’m so glad i could brighten your day!

  14. Jenn says:

    What a great basket, think I’ll be busily making a couple for the kids this week – do you know if they hold-up well in a larger size?

  15. Ashley says:

    So pretty! How much cord did you end up using?

  16. Caroline says:

    This looks great! Did you do the fabric wrap, or just sew the cord together?

  17. Jessica says:

    Jenn- i can’t say for sure since this is the first one i’ve made, but it definitely seems sturdy enough to go quite a bit bigger.
    Ashley- thanks! i used a little over 100 feet of cord on this one.
    Caroline- why, thanks! i just went with plain old cord and thread.

  18. kelli says:

    ummm, this is amazing. i love this idea.

  19. victoria says:

    Just found your blog and love it. Did you line your basket?

  20. victoria says:

    also what type of cord did you use?

  21. Jessica says:

    Kelli- thank you!
    Victoria- thanks! my basket is unlined, but that’s a great idea for future baskets! I used #6 cotton sash– it’s commonly sold as clothesline and comes in 100 foot bundles.

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  24. Bonnie says:

    If worried about strength, you can use upholstery thread. This is such a lovely way to “store” waste. I have the same problem in my room, so this will be a great addition. You can even dye the cord before sewing with unsweetened Kool-Aid! Thanks for a great idea. Will keep poking my head in your blog.

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  26. Erin says:

    This is amazing! I’m SO going to try this. What are the approx. dimensions of your lovely bin?

  27. Jessica says:

    thank you, erin! it’s about 7 1/2″ high and has a diameter of around 8 1/2″.

  28. It’s really beautiful! Thank you for sharing and your photo is so nice!

  29. Jessica says:

    Thank you!

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  32. esther says:

    This looks great! I can’t wait to try it out. Did you just get the cord at a craft store like JoAnn Fabrics, or did you have to special order it online? Thanks!

  33. Jessica says:

    esther– i ordered mine online, but most well-stocked grocery stores should carry it (it’s commonly used for clothesline).

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  35. esther says:

    Hi, it’s me again. Any tips for how to shape the sides so that they’re more perpendicular to the bottom? Mine looks more like a fruit bowl, and I can’t figure out what I’m doing wrong.

  36. Jessica says:

    hi again! when i made mine, i was sure to hold the base perpendicular as i started sewing the coils that made up the sides. that seemed to do the trick. let me know if it works out!

  37. esther says:

    Hi, yup, that helped! Guess I wasn’t tilting it enough the first time around…and I also was letting the rope out too loose, which is probably why the bowl ended up a bit lumpy. Thanks for the tip!

  38. Ellen says:

    Hiya Jessica, I have been so obsessed with the project I even dreamed about it twice in the last week. I truly don’t want to annoy you with questions you’ve already answered but I genuinely don’t understand what “#6 cotton sash” is and where to get it. Is that number 6? Hash 6 really means nothing to me at all, being German and used to m, mm and cm and living in the UK (where I am sure people would also use the distance between their nostrils as official increments of measurement) – Also, as a guide, how much did you pay for the rope you used in this?
    Thank you so much for your patience and the inspiration to make this!! Ellen

  39. Jessica says:

    hi ellen– i’m so glad you like the project and am happy to answer your questions! the number six cotton sash is 3/16 of an inch thick (about half a cm). The number 6 seems to be an arbitrary label– the cord comes in several sizes and all are numbered (i have seen 6-12). the cord i used was 100% cotton, but it’s often sold with a reinforced nylon core. i haven’t been able to find where i originally bought it, unfortunately. it was kind of a shady website, but was on sale for under $4 a bundle. i found a similar product on amazon, here:

    i hope this helps!

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  43. Leigh says:

    You are simply amazing!! I feel “craftier” just knowing you!
    I hope all is well with you both! Love your blog!

  44. Jessica says:

    Thanks, Leigh!

  45. Lindsey says:

    How do you get your baskets to be straight up? mine all look more V shaped

  46. Liza says:

    Hello, I have a question about a form.. because a sewing baskets too and i have a problem that I can’t save a form! the basket goes biger and biger in a both sides… how to do straight basket like you did?
    thank,waiting for answer:))

  47. Jessica says:

    Liza, if you hold the bottom of your basket perpendicular to your sewing machine base, the sides will be straight. Good luck!

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