How to Transform a Basket Using Colorful Raffia

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I have been really into colorful raffia lately! It looks great in so many DIY projects, like the "Raffia Fringe Bag." You will love to make this high-end style basket for your home.

Step 1: I know some people are intimidated when you use the word embroider. But, this is so darn easy!

This Seagrass Basket with the colorful raffia make it look like a high end purchase from Anthropologie.

(If you work better with a step-by-step video you can scroll to the bottom this post.)


  • + Sea Grass Basket
  • + Assorted Raffia
  • + Large Eye Needles
  • +Gold Scissors (My favorite Scissors!!!)

Step 2: Trace 3 circle across the top of your basket.

I used a glass as a template...with "1" large circle in the middle.

Then I flipped the cup to make "2" small circles on each side.

Step 3: Thread your large needle with raffia with a knot at the other end.

Then push through the center of the circle until the knotted end hits the back of the basket.

Step 4: Now take your needle and push through the outer edge of your circle.

Step 5: Now repeat the steps....

Push your needle through the center, from the backside of the basket, and then to outer edge of circle.

Step 6: Keeping repeating the steps until you cover each circle.

...notice how I didn't always go straight through center.

I kinda went next to the center at different times.

Viola....Look how adorable this looks already!

Step 7: Next, take a different color raffia and pull through the back through. the center of each circle.

Then, make a loss knot and slide it to the center of the circle.

(If you need extra help to understand this part you can always watch the video below.)

Step 8: Make a knot in the center of each circle.

Step 9: Of course I can't just have the three flower patterns. I need more!

So, I added a running stitch along the center.

A running stitch is really easy. You take your needle from the back and just go in and out all the way around the basket.

Step 10: I added more knots, in white raffia, all over the top of the basket.

Doesn't it look so cute?!

Step 11: And if that wasn't already cute can add "Xs" all over the bottom of the basket.

Step 12: Now for the icing on the raffia basket cake...tassels!

Measure your raffia at about 5" and wrap it back and forth until you have about 10 layers.

Step 13: Next, take a 7" strip of raffia and loop it through all the loops.

Then take another strip of raffia, in another color, and wrap it around all the raffia...about 1" below the top.

Step 14: Trim the ends.

And your done.

Step 15: Now add them to the basket handles for an added touch.

How beautiful is this basket?

Move over Anthropologie!

This DIY Project is so easy and the video tutorial is so easy to follow.

To read a more detailed tutorial head over to my blog!

I can't wait to hear what everyone thinks of this project!

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