Today in my Sewing 101 column at Design Sponge I’m showing how to make a sewn and woven basket made from… an old pile of packing paper!
Thanks to a couple of online purchases, I had this huge pile of packing paper hanging around in my craft room. The pieces were really nice and long, and they just seemed to have so much potential. I couldn’t bear to just stuff them in the recycling bin.
…and made a pretty basket! I have to say, I’m kind of amazed that humble packing paper could be so transformed. I have this basket sitting on my dining table now (loaded up with that scrumptious MadelineTosh sock yarn and gorgeous needles by Indian Lake Artisans), and every time I walk by it I actually forget that it’s paper and momentarily think it’s suede, light-colored leather, upholstery webbing, or burlap. I actually had to laugh last night because my eyes kept playing tricks on me with this basket and making me do double-takes. Magic? Perhaps!
So head on over to Design Sponge for the full how-to and free pattern! And by the way, if you don’t have plain brown paper around, I think this method would work great with gift wrap or leftover wallpaper.
(PS: A quick shout-out to Indian Lake Artisans, the company that makes the knitting needles shown above. I happened to meet the company owners when I stopped by their booth at Vogue Knitting Live. It’s a small company run by a husband and wife team, and they’ve developed these fascinating hexagonal knitting needles. It’s a little hard to tell in the photo, but rather than being round like traditional needles, these are shaped like a hexagon! This shape is said to help keep stitches more uniform while also being easier on the hands. They’re made locally in Michigan from responsibly-harvested local wood, and each set is topped with a beautiful copper decorative shape. I just love a good sustainable-local-crafty-small-business story. Check ‘em out here!)