Here’s how I made this sturdy robe basket. It’s perfect as an Easter basket and all it requires is some clothesline, dye, and a sewing machine!
Rope Easter Basket Materials & Tools
- 100 ft cotton clothesline (cotton is important if dyeing)
- fabric dye (I used Tulip’s Tie-Dye Party Kit)
- rubber bands
- zip-loc bag
- rubber gloves
- sewing machine
- pins or clips
How to Make a Rope Easter Basket
Dye the Clothesline
There are many options and products on the market to dye the cotton clothesline. I chose to use the blue and yellow dyes from Tulip’s One-Step Tie-Dye Party Kit.
Remove the packaging but keep the rope coiled up. Thoroughly soak the clothesline in water. Wrap with rubber bands to keep the clothesline wrapped together.
Dye the rope according to your dye’s package instructions.
I dyed a third of the rope with half of the blue bottle and another third with half of the yellow bottle. Carefully flip the pile of rope and repeat. I then combined the remaining blue and yellow dye to make green and dyed the middle third of the rope. Flip and repeat.
Place the rope into a sealed plastic bag and let sit. The package recommends letting it sit for 6-8 hours, I had to let mine sit for 24 hours.
Rinse the rope under cold water until the water runs clear. Put the rope into a garment bag and wash in the washing machine in hot water with laundry soap. Dry in the dryer in the garment bag.
Sew the Rope Basket
Cut approximately 140 inches of rope to use for the handle and set aside. Cut off any frayed ends. You can start by sewing either the basket or the handle.
For the basket
Coil a few inchs of the rope into a tight spiral and place a pin to hold it in place.
Begin sewing the coil using a zig-zag stitch. You’ll want the stitch to be wide enough to grab half of the width of the rope. I used a stitch width of 5 and length of 2.5.
Continue sewing the base of the basket until it’s the desired width. Mine is approximately 9 inches wide.
To begin making the sides of the basket, lay the rope on top of outer ring of the base and continue sewing. This is one of the hardest parts but very worth the effort.
Once you have one ring all the way around the base you’ll be able to turn the base on it’s side and continue sewing up the sides of the rope basket.
To end the coil, backstitch a few stitches over the end of the rope to secure to the top of the basket.
For the basket handle
You’ll need about 140 inches of rope to create a 17 inch handle.
Fold a long coil (approximately 15 inches long) and begin sewing with a zig-zag stitch.
This will create an oblong piece for the handle. End the rope the same way as with the basket sides.
Hand stitch the handle onto the basket sides.
You now have a sturdy rope Easter basket to fill with Easter goodies. This rope basket works perfect for our toddler boy and will hold up for years to come. BONUS…it’s machine washable! :)
I love that this basket takes on the shape and look of a traditional Easter basket with a handle.
I made an Easter Rag Basket for my niece a few years ago. Check it out here.