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I’ve always wanted to try basket making. They are beautiful and useful- the same as inkle bands. So, I got this crazy idea; why not weave a basket with inkle bands?! Inkle band basket tutorial final

The inkle basket is created by cutting 1 or 2 inkle bands into strips and weaving them together in a simple over under pattern. For a little contrast, I used two different bands to make the basket , but it would look really nice made out of one band too.

Supplies needed:

1. Inkle band(s) 2. masking tape 3. extra yarn, floss, or thread 4. all purpose glue 5. knitting needle (optional) 6. scissors 7. straight pins and embroidery needle 8. something to measure with 9. clothes pins

1. Inkle band(s) 2. masking tape 3. extra yarn and thread 4. all purpose glue 5. knitting needle (optional) 6. scissors 7. straight pins and embroidery needle 8. something to measure with 9. clothes pins (*not pictured: 1/8″ (3mm) wide coordinating satin ribbon and sewing thread)

We have to do a bit of math to determine the length of inkle band you will need.

Multiply width of inkle band by 3 = width of basket base
Multiply width of basket base by 3 = length of one *vertical inkle strip
Multiply length of one *vertical inkle strip by 6 = total length of band needed for *vertical strips of the basket

Then:

Multiply width of basket base by 4 = length of one *horizontal inkle strip
Multiply length of one *horizontal inkle strip by 3= total length of band needed for *horizontal strips of the basket

*vertical and horizontal refer to the direction of the strips as they are woven to make the sides of the basket.

example: band is 1 inch wide
1″ x 3 = 3″
3″ x 3 = 9″
9″ x 6 = 54″
3″ x 4 = 12″
12″ x 3 = 36″

Following the example above, with two bands, as I did, you would need one band at least 54″ for the vertical strips and one at least 36″ for the horizontal strips. If using only one band the two totals need to be added together. Your band would need to be at least 90″. These totals are excluding fringe. The width of the bands will determine the final dimensions of your basket.

So let’s get started!

You will need 6 vertical strips and 3 horizontal strips each cut to the lengths you calculated.

To prevent the ends from raveling, seal the ends. Thread a needle with sewing thread. Put a bit of glue on the end of the thread as wide as the band. I call this glue thread. Yes, I thought long and hard on that name.
inkle band basket tutorial step 9.5.

Insert the needle into the “tunnel” between the warp layers, one or two rows from the top edge. Pull the needle and thread all the way through until the glue thread is sandwiched in the band. Press firmly with your fingers to seal.
inkle band basket tutorial step 9

Trim the strip above the glue thread row. Apply glue along the top of the cut edge. Let the glue dry for at least 15 minutes. Your strips should be good and sealed now.
Inkle band basket tutorial step 9.2

Now we are ready to make a basket!

Begin with 4 vertical strips placed like this. Inkle band basket tutorial step 1

Then:
Inkle band basket tutorial step 2

And last strip placed; your base is built. The base square should be centered with the strips edges being evenly lined up on all four sides. Tip: Use a knitting needle to help nudge the strips into place.
Inkle band basket tutorial step 3

Use the masking tape or straight pins to secure the base so it doesn’t shift while you weave the walls.
Inkle band basket tutorial step 4

Begin building the walls by weaving a horizontal strip around the base strips.
Inkle band basket tutorial step 5 Inkle band basket project step 6

Add glue to the overlap of the horizontal strip inside the basket.
Inkle band basket project step 7

inkle band basket project step 8

Oops, the strips in this picture are not sealed…

As you continue building the walls of the basket it might be helpful to fold the vertical strips over the horizontal strips to aid in keeping everything in place.

This is what it will look like when all of the sides are built.
Inkle band basket project step 10

Whipstitch around the top edge with the embroidery needle and ribbon, securing the vertical strips to the horizontal strip. Be sure to insert the needle below the glue thread row.
Inkle band basket tutorial step 11.

Braid handles out of the fringe you cut off or lengths of yarn. Wrap the ends with yarn and sew to the basket.Inkle band basket embroidery edge

And ta-da, you have a woven inkle basket!
Inkle band basket tutorial final

My basket is filled with some fibery goodness that just arrived in the mail. Can’t wait to empty it and fill it again. What will you fill your basket with?

warp, weave, be happy! ~ Jennifer