How To Make An Easy Heart-shaped Yarn Basket! by Michele Cooper - Musely
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How To Make An Easy Heart-shaped Yarn Basket!

posted in DIY & Crafts
06/29/2014
  • Supplies:

    sturdy cardboard for your frame

    scissors to trim

    a hole punch

    yarn (I used a small skein and had tons leftover)

    felt to line the inside and cover the underside

    glue for your felt

    tape to tidy up your pattern

    a needle big enough to thread your yarn through to finish off the top

    Cut out your pattern, and hole-punch each of the little slats close to the end. Be sure to keep the edges of the slats intact.

  • When you trim it up, make sure there’s a gap big enough to slide your yarn into between each of the slats. If you need to trim any down, they don’t have to be 100% exactly the same size, just similar.

    Bend your slats upward and tape your extra slats onto the holes in the pattern. Because this is a heart-shape, you have to cut them out separately. If you modify this idea to be a square or a circle, you won’t have that trouble.

  • Just a note, though – you’ll need an odd number of slats. It will make better sense why when you begin weaving, but the odd number will ensure that you weave covering both sides of the slats (you may or may not have noticed that the two halves of my heart don’t have the same number of slats, there’s one extra.) I’ll point it out what the odd number does when we get there.

  • I glued my felt on now to the inside and underside of my basket. It’s up to you, though. I will mention this – I don’t feel like I was really careful enough with the shape I added to the bottom side, and the edges of my cardboard showed a little (take a look near the point). So when you do it, be sure you cut your piece as closely as possible to your pattern so that it reaches all the way to the edges.

  • Now, pick a point to start. I started at the heart’s point. Start your yarn, weaving in front of and the behind the slats as you go. I just worked right off the skein. I still have no clue how much yarn I used.

  • When you get back to the point, the fact that you traveled around an odd number of slats means you’ll now be weaving on the opposite side of each slat as you did the first round. You don’t have to weave tightly, but do make sure that your yarn is pushed firmly down toward the bottom as you go – if it gaps at all, you’ll be able to see cardboard on your finished piece. Especially if you are upcycling scrap cardboard (which may be printed!) you want to make sure that doesn’t show through.

  • I hope you have fun making these. Who knew it was so simple? Thanks for looking and have a great day!

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