Do you remember the fabric bread baskets from way back when? Weren't they awfully cute? Especially the way you tied the corners or could put them away flat. I recently saw one online with what I thought would be a free tutorial, but it turned out to be one where you had to "pay" to have the instructions downloaded. Oh no! There are too many free sites available or you could just improvise and make your own, like I did. All of the tutorials I found required some sewing like here and here, but there are a lot of crafters who don't like to sew or can't sew, so I came up with my own version using Aileen's Tacky Glue. I chose this glue because I've used it before with fabric ( I glued fabric to bench legs for an upholstered look) and it dries clear, and also, it's what I had on hand, lol!
To Make this No Sew Basket, I used:
- Burlap (I had 1/2yd of 45"wide burlap which was more than enough)
- Jute twine (cut into 8 - 12" pieces)
- Mod Podge
- Poster board
- Aileen's Tacky Glue or fabric glue
- Scissors or paper cutter
- Yard stick
To prevent the burlap from raveling, I painted mod podge on first. While that dried I drew a 16"x16" square on poster board for my pattern. I divided the large square into 4" squares for a total of 16 squares.
I used this pattern to cut out two burlap squares.
To make the fabric boxes sturdier, yet easy to fold, one of the burlap squares is reinforced on the inside with lightweight cardboard. Using the poster board pattern as a guide, I cut out (1) - 8"x8" square (center) and (4) 3 1/2"x8" rectangles (sides) of lightweight cardboard.
Place the cut out sections of cardboard on top of the burlap, lining them up so they are evenly inside the fold lines. Make sure that the cardboard sections have a small gap between them, making it easier to fold, and also, a 1/2" or less burlap border (to fold) around the entire edge. If you were sewing this, it would be called a seam allowance.
Glue the cardboard sections to the inside of the burlap using fabric glue that will dry clear.
After the cardboard dries, begin folding and gluing the edges down, one side at a time, making sure the folds are even.
I placed a heavy board on the entire burlap square so the ends would not lift up while drying. Allow the folded edges to dry completely.
After drying, I folded the sections up into the shape of the box just to make sure it would fold properly.
Measuring 4 inches from the corners and beside the cardboard, I glued the twine ties down in the folded area. I used clips to hold them in place until completely dry.
With the second burlap square, I started folding and gluing the edges down, one side at a time, to line up exactly with the first burlap square. I placed a large board on this, too, until it was completely dry.
After drying, I laid it on top of the cardboard burlap piece, and folded it along the same folds. Then I spread fabric glue (first burlap piece) along the edges (border) and on all of the pieces of cardboard (used an old credit card to do this). *But not on the burlap in the four corners. Place the second burlap piece on top - lining up all the edges and pressing and smoothing together the two pieces. I used clips on the corners and sides and where the twine pieces extended making sure all areas were sealed together.
*I also put heavy books on top where there was space just to make sure the burlap was flat and together while drying.
Make sure you allow this to dry completely.
Bring the corners together at the twine and tie to form your basket!
This fabric basket was easy to make, and looks adorable! The drying time made it a rather lengthy project, but well worth it! You can use it in so many ways.
The outside sides can be decorated if you like. Stenciling, beads, appliques or flowers.
This no sew fabric basket makes for a fun item when filled with treats, flowers or even supplies for a favorite hobby like crafting! You could do a little bit of this . . . or a little bit of that . . . the options are endless!
Take a little time to enjoy!
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