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DIY Woven Basket From a Tomato Cage

So, I’ve been into this weaving thang lately. Because of it, I’ve hoarded yarn like a New Zealand ewe in the dead of winter. My hoarding tendencies have forced me to come up with storage options that are a) pretty to look at and b) fun to make. And that’s what this DIY is all about.
All the materials you need.
All the materials you need.
You’ll need:
* A tomato cage that’s been sawed/cut
* Twine, string, rope…whatever suits your 50 Shades of Grey fancy
* Painters tape (not shown because you know what it looks like and I simply forgot to include it in the pic)
But all you do is tie a knot and start weaving your twine/rope in an over-under manner. I decided to use two colors (yellow and white) to give my basket a little interest. Weave one color at a time.
Bring yarn over and under.
Bring yarn over and under.
One thing to remember is to not pull down on the rope too tightly. If the tension is too tight, your basket will go wonky. Using painters tape to secure your weave will help a ton.
Great for yarn storage!
Great for yarn storage!
Into your new home you go, little balls of yarn.
Ta dah!
Ta dah!
When it comes to crafting, there’s no denying that I’ve become a complete basket case.
Go get your weave on!
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Have a question about this project?

2 questions
  • Paula Wheeler
    on Dec 3, 2018

    Why cut it down? Couldn't you use the full size for a taller basket ...more vertical storage always needed for crafting.

    • Kathie Elia
      on Mar 28, 2019

      Of course you could go taller but if your using it for yarn storage and that ball of pink yarn that you want to use is at the bottom of your tall basket then you would have to empty it all out just to get to it.

  • Cynthia
    on Mar 28, 2019

    Is this a true basket with a bottom as well as sides?

    If so, how did you do the bottom of the basket? Did you use the stronger twine for the bottom? And if you did the bottom, wouldn’t it be harder (or almost impossible) to then do the sides with the yellow and white?

    • Kathie Elia
      on Mar 28, 2019

      The picture shows that she weaved in a circular pattern to close off the bottom.

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  • Dineen Ford
    on Mar 28, 2019

    A comment rather than a question: this is very simple project as it actually involves no actual weaving. You have prepared a warp for weaving with the tomato cage. One could go further and weave among the vertical yarns (or the spokes of the bottom) to give more solid walls to the basket. A very clever idea to reuse tomato cages and a yarn stash.

  • Dana Brown
    on Apr 4, 2019

    Cute cute cute. And thanks for the giggles. You are pretty funny.

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