Macrame Sewing Baskets

Friday, May 2

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Not sure how I came up with this idea. One day last summer I was making macrame baskets and it just popped into my head.

Why not make a sewing basket to hold all the gadgets a seamstress needs within reach!!??

I had plenty of macrame cord and rings so I got started designing one. First on paper, then I started testing what length of cord I would need to make a long row, a sennet, of square knot buttons, SKB. I wanted the SKB’s to go around the basket to hold scissors, cutting tools, etc.

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I ended up fusing the cord several times when I was short on cord but not yet at the desired length. So my first attempt was kind of makeshift. Though you would never know it since I am a master at burying my flubs within the knots. 🙂

So after a few test runs, I was ready to make the SKB sennet with the correct yardage of cord. I have to tell you, it was kind of genius the way I turned the square knot buttons to go horizontal instead of vertical. But that was the only way the tools would fit per my design. They needed to hang downward.

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I also knew I wanted to store spools of thread right on the basket so I put elastic around the inside rim to hold them.

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On the navy one and red/black/white one, I added elastic around the bottom area so thread could be accessible from the bottom as well as the top. You can unwind the thread right from the elastic, no need to remove it. That is another cool feature of these baskets.

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Inside the basket has a clear plastic liner to hold even more supplies such as glue, ruler, fabric, zippers, buttons, etc.

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They all have removeable carrying handles. Some handles hook on, some tie on.

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I am proud of how the baskets turned out. I made eight and sold five. I have a green one started and need to finish it.

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My favorite is the beige one with the buttons. The buttons are on the front side only.  This was the first to sell.  Maybe it was the buttons.

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11 comments on “Macrame Sewing Baskets

  1. Belinda says:

    I really like the sewing baskets. 🙂 Do you have one that is warehouse sized? I sew a lot and that little bsket might hold 1/8 of the sewing supplies that I have. 😉

  2. Quilty says:

    She needs a 40 gallon drum, Donna. It would take you a lifetime and enough cord to encircle the globe, but you’d do that for a fellow Crafter, of course! 😉

  3. don_mae says:

    I was thinking wheelbarrel. 😀 All decorated with ribbon and lace. LOL!!

  4. Belinda says:

    Yes, both a wheelbarrow and a 40 gallon drum will work, so please get started on it, Donna! 😉

  5. Lillian says:

    Wow you are doing so good with your sewing. I haven’t been on the board lately I hurt my back and the Doctor can’t see me until this comomg Tuesday.

    I love all your totes. I loved the one quilty sent me I was so surprised I still smile when I think about getting the package I was so tickle and happy.

  6. don_mae says:

    Hi Lillian!! You should post a picture of the tote Quilty sent you. I would love to see it. Thanks for the compliments on my work. I am having fun sewing. Hope you will be ok soon and back at the Cafe. We miss you.

  7. yamuna says:

    Hi feel like making a novel idea as a spoon and napkin holder . The outer slots for spoons and centre basket for folded napkins May be yu are more creative to add innovations

  8. don_mae says:

    Hi there, that’s a great idea. Basket could be smaller or maybe even square. Thanks!!

  9. nadjla says:

    thank you very much for this picturesn and this very beautiful things

  10. Wow! Beautiful baskets!

  11. Noah Bartolata says:

    Please make a tutorial on this!! I really love the baskets 😀

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