We picked up this industrial wire basket at the world-famous Brimfield Antique Flea Market. This is a basket from Kaspar Wire Works, but you can find this type of wire basket many places. I’m going to weave strips of fabric through it to make a unique decorative storage basket. This is a no sew project that’s great for using all your old scraps of fabric on.
Pull one end of the fabric through the top wire so that the ends match up. Weave the fabric over and under the wires. Continue weaving the same way across the bottom and up the other side.
Leave the ends loose for now to hot glue later.
Beginning at the opposite side from where you started, weave another strip of fabric. Go over the wires that you went under on the first strip and vice versa.
Continue weaving until the sides and bottom are filled.
Skip the corners for now and weave strips down the front, across the bottom and up the back. When you get to the bottom, start weaving the fabric over and under the other strips of fabric. It helps to attach a safety pin to the end.
I’m going to continue like this until I get to the label on the front.
To cover the label on this basket, I’m going around the back side of the label so that you can’t see it from the inside. I’ll cover it up with a new label made out of chalkcloth later.
This basket has a loop on the front that I can’t go over, so I’m just going to glue the fabric to the back of it.
Continue until just the corners are left.
The chalkcoth for the label has to be cured first. Rub a layer of chalk on it, then wipe it off, put more chalk on it, and wipe it off again.
I’m going to cut it to the size I want, which is about 1½ by 3 inches.
Finally hot glue the chalkcloth on to the original label, making sure to glue the corners down well.
The edges are left raw for a rustic look, but you can tidy them up by cutting off any long threads that frayed while weaving.
The basket is done!