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Felt Basket

Instructable for a felt basket where you can store your stuff in.

Supplies

  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Crochet yarn
  • Sewing thread
  • Needle
  • Paper clips
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Stanley knife
  • Felt: 30 X 30 cm and thickness 2 mm

Measuring Distance

  • (Take the ruler and place it on the felt).
  • Mark 4 dots at 9 cm from their nearest sides.

Draw Lines

  • Connect the 4 dots by tracing 4 straight pencil lines (two horizontal and two vertical).
  • Clearly indicate on thet dots where the two lines intersect.

Make a Diagonal Cut

  • Use the Stanley knife to make a diagonal cut from the dot.
  • (Where two lines intersect) to the corner of the felt mat.
  • Do this for all 4 corners.

Fold Edges

Fold the edges back to give the basket a better shape.

Opposite Corners

  • Pin together the two opposite corners with a paper clip.
  • Make sure that the top edge of both corners makes a straight line.

Positioning Corners With a Paper Clip

The paper clip will prevent the corners from moving while connecting the corners on the opposite side.

Fix the Inner Corners

  • Make sure that the top of the inner corners makes a straight line.
  • Pin together both corners by using two pins on each side.

Remove Paper Clips

Remove the paper clips.

Supplies for the Sewing of the Inside Corners

  • Cut off a piece of 30 cm thread.
  • Better too long than too short.

Needle and Thread

Pass the thread through the eye of the needle.

Make a Knot

Tie a knot at the end of the wire.

Sew the Two Corners Together

  • Sew the two corners together with a straight stich.
  • Start at the corner and on the outside.

Make a Knot

  • When you have reached the end, tie a knot and make sure that the knot is on the outside.
  • In a later step, the two outer pieces will cover the knots.

Thread Cutting + Repeat

Cut the thread and repeat the steps in step 10 on the other side.

Positioning the Remaining Sides

Attach the outer sides to the inner circle with a paper clip.

Fix the Remaining Corners With Paper Clips

  • Pin the remaining corners to the circle with a paper clip.
  • Do this on both sides.
  • Now you can adjust the opposite sides to make the edges fit nicely together.
  • Make sure there is no space between the inside and the outside.

Pin the Outher Sides

  • When all the edges fit nicely to one another, stick a pin through the outer side and the already sewn corner of the inside.
  • Do the same on the opposite side.

Crossed Corners

  • Then insert a straight pin through the corners of the outer sides.
  • Insert the pins vertically and in the middle where the two corners cross each other.
  • Draw a pencil line on the left-hand side of the pin (approximately 2 mm).
  • This will make a space of about 4 mm.

Cut the Corner

  • Cut off the corner on the line.
  • Save this corner for the next step.

Cut the Second Corner

  • Use the saved corner to draw a line on the opposite corner.
  • Cut out this corner on the line.

Positioning the Lose Ends

  • Pin back the two loose ends with a paper clip.
  • Adjust until the upper edges make a straight line.
  • It may happen that the cut ends do not have the same length or are not making a straight line. This can be solved by trimming the edges.
  • But beware: the more you cut away, the bigger the space between the ends!

Mark Dots

Mark 4 dots on the felt.

The Connection

  • You can use crochet yarn for the connection.
  • If you don’t have crochet yarn, you can double fould the thread and make the cross stitch twice.

Sew the Connection 1

Push the needle through the back of the felt.

Sew the Connection 2

Insert the needle now diagonally in the front of the other end.

Sew the Connection 3

Insert the needle on the same side in the remaining dot from the back of the felt.

Sew the Connection 4

Insert the needle at the front of the remaining point.

Sew the Connection 5

Pull the thread through the inside of the basket.

Sew the Connection 6

  • Then insert the needle at approximately the same height from the inside to the outside.
  • Make sure you go through one layer of felt.

Sew the Connection 7

  • The wire must be located between the two layers of felt.
  • This should not be visible between the ends.

Sew the Connection 8

Make a knot.

Repeat

Repeat step 23 to connect the other side.

Finished!

The felt basket is finished. Now you can use it for many purposes, for example as a pencil box.

Enjoy it!

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