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Contemporary, practical, feminine. A basket like a woman architect would design it. And we love it too. Let’s learn to make these exquisite felt rose bud baskets!

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How to Make this Felt Basket

The picture is self-explanatory, isn’t it?

Contemporary, practical, feminine. A basket like a woman architect would design it. And we love it too. Let’s learn to make these exquisite felt rose bud baskets!

felt baskets
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How to Make this Felt Basket

I initially thought this picture was self-explanatory, but some readers liked a bit more instruction, so here they are …

Instructions

1. Print the attached hexagon template to the size you think you want for your basket.

2. Cut the printed hexagon shape of paper. You’ll see, once folded, it will remain roughly the same size. This will help you gauge how big or small to cut your shape.  Now cut or extend your initial paper template to the size you really want.

3. Next, use a ruler and a rotary cut to make slits from each adjacent corner as shown.

4. Fold up the each side, layering as you rotate to the next.

5. To hold in place, you can stitch the final corners down or hot glue. (Or if you prefer, make some stitches, add a button… as you wish.)

And you’re done!

My Tips on Making Your Own Basket

Some additional tips which might be useful as well:

1.  DESIGN TIP: If you want to open/close this basket, secure hidden snaps on the inside of the rose petals instead of glue dots.

2.  Keep this real simple, but experiment!  E.g.

  • Vary sizes
  • Vary color. Try this in your favorite color, ‘Tangerine Tango’ (orange/red).
  • Vary materials. Remake in thin felt and embellish with embroidery.
  • Vary function. Don’t only use this as a knitting basket. Think desk accessories, think key basket, think iPod accessory holder, think potpourri holder…
  • Vary ‘the look’. Pair with other fabric (origami) hexagon baskets with rose print. I can see these lovely Japanese kimono silk baskets in my mind’s eye.

Inspiring Design

Ryan from the Blooming Thread designed this basket. What I liked best at Ryan’s blog is the sign which used to be at the bottom of the page, reading ‘Always Radiate Sunshine’. I’ve never met Ryan, but I’m guessing that this would sum her up. Love her rose craft. Her website is no longer there, but her creative ideas bringing sunshine .. are living on.

Image: Ryan/Blooming Thread

Learn More about Felt

All kind of FELT projects (most with tutorials, some even with video). Be sure to also my recent article about which felt to use for what.

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