How to Make a Coiled Basket

You don't need a class in basket-weaving to get the hang of creating a handmade basket. Coiled baskets can be made by a novice.

You will need

  • Dried marsh grass
  • Raffia
  • A no. 18 tapestry needle

Step 1 Form a bundle of grass Dampen a pencil-thick bundle of dried marsh grass.

Step 2 Wrap the end of the bundle with raffia Tie raffia to one end of the bundle and wrap the loose end around the bundle about 10 times as you move up its length. Leave a small gap between each wrap.

Step 3 Coil the bundle Bend the bundle around itself tightly so that it forms a coiled circle with the wrapped end at the center and the loose end free.

Step 4 Extend the coil Wrap the raffia three times around the uncovered part of the coil, and then use a threaded needle to connect the raffia to the wrapped part with a figure-eight stitch. Pull the stitch tight. Continue sewing figure-eight stitches until the coil is covered and closed.

Step 5 Repeat the same pattern Extend the loop, wrapping the next section of the bundle with raffia and sewing it to the loop underneath with a figure-eight stitch. Continue binding and wrapping at 1-inch intervals as you enlarge the circle.

Step 6 Finish the basket Attach the final coil end to the previous one with a figure-eight stitch, and then wrap the raffia around the final two rows and the previous row. Thread the raffia back through the figure-eight stitch and cut it free.