DIY Braided Jute Basket

DIY Braided Basket @themerrythought One of my friends bought me a big braided jute basket for Christmas that I just love – I take it everywhere! I was staring at it the other day and thought… Okay, I can make one of those. So I grabbed some jute and got to braiding! I decided to make a smaller version for carrying around supplies for whatever project I’m working on.
DIY Braided Basket @themerrythought What you need:
Jute (I used an entire roll, if you want a bigger basket, buy two)
-Sewing Machine
*Optional -Leather

How to make it:
-Cut six – 10″ pieces of jute. Take three and stitch across the ends. Braid them together and then stitch up the other end. Repeat with other three pieces. (These will be the handles.)
-Cut three long pieces of jute, tie them in a loose knot at one end and start braiding them together. (You will have to do the braids in a few section or else they start getting tangled.) Make a loose knot in the second end.
-Repeat with as many sections as your jute will allow.
-Take all of your long braided sections and start sewing them together… Unknot them and finish the braid and then stitch the ends together to form one extremely long braid. Stitch across the very beginning and end of braid the keep them together like with the handles.
-Start at one end of the braid and form a circle. Start sewing the braids together by using a zig-zag stitch. Continue wrapping the circle and stitching the braids together until the circle is as wide as you want the base of your basket.
-Once you’ve got the base set, continue stitching around the circle but begin bending this row so that it is standing up once they’ve been stitched together.
-Continue sewing braids around to make the sides. (The base of your basket should be facing out, perpendicular to the ground while sewing this part.)
-When you have enough braid left for about 2 or 3 more rows, sew in your handles. Just stick them in between the rows your sewing together.
-To finish, gradually start sewing your end down into the inside of the basket so it tapers off. Trim the excess braid off.
-I added some leather to the handles just because I had some leftovers from another project.
DIY Braided Basket @themerrythoughtWovenBasket4 This project is a bit time consuming but totally worth it! Don’t worry about making your stitching perfect – it’s a pretty forgiving material and you can hand-stitch any big gaps easily afterwards.

We’d love to see yours if you try it!

xo. Caitlin

  • AndiMonday, March 31, 2014 - 12:31 pm

    Love it!ReplyCancel

  • adkissoneMonday, March 31, 2014 - 12:38 pm

    I have been admiring baskets similar to this, looking for a way to make one for my new apartment! So thank you!ReplyCancel

  • merlaMonday, March 31, 2014 - 6:18 pm

    really beautiful an usefulReplyCancel

  • ShaktiTuesday, April 1, 2014 - 6:17 pm

    good grief. this is gorgeous!

  • janTuesday, April 1, 2014 - 8:08 pm

    wow nice job!ReplyCancel

  • Chelsea JamesWednesday, April 2, 2014 - 10:00 am

    How big was the roll of jute you bought for this basket?ReplyCancel

    • Caitlin McGrathWednesday, April 2, 2014 - 10:27 am

      I believe it was 135 ft. I added a link to the same kind of jute that I used into the instructions.ReplyCancel

      • PippaFriday, May 16, 2014 - 10:05 pm

        Can you explain how you sew the ends together (to make one long piece) in more detail please?ReplyCancel

        • Caitlin McGrathFriday, May 16, 2014 - 11:00 pm

          To make the one long braid you will just use your sewing machine to sew a straight stitch at each point where you are connecting the braided sections you made. So at the very beginning you will just be sewing across the three pieces of jute forming the first braid and when you connect that braid to the next one, you will be sewing across six pieces of jute (three from the first section of braid and three from the second section.) Let me know if it still isn’t making sense and I’ll try to take a photo of how that step should look!ReplyCancel

  • StefanieMonday, September 15, 2014 - 3:16 pm

    How did you keep the jute from fraying?ReplyCancel

    • Caitlin McGrathMonday, September 15, 2014 - 7:58 pm

      Do you mean the ends? I just stitched them into the inside of the basket and I haven’t had any problems.ReplyCancel

  • missellabestTuesday, February 17, 2015 - 12:18 am

    Hi, I’d love to try this project but unsure of the stitching – could you include some more photos of the different stitches you used? ThanksReplyCancel

    • Caitlin McGrathTuesday, February 17, 2015 - 9:34 am

      I used a plain straight stitch to attach the braids together at the beginning to form one long braid and once that was made, I used a wide zig-zag stitch for forming the basket. I only used those two settings for the entire basket. Hopefully that helps a little!ReplyCancel

  • mrs.williamFriday, October 23, 2015 - 12:12 pm

    This is a lovely basket, thank you for sharing it! What type/size needle is required to be put into the machine for this jute rope texture?ReplyCancel

    • Caitlin McGrathSaturday, October 24, 2015 - 10:03 pm

      I just used the needle that’s always in my sewing machine and it worked fine.ReplyCancel

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