How to Make a Modern Raffia Basket
Make your own raffia basket easily using Nutscene twine and raffia. These make the perfect gift, and can be personalised to suit the tastes of any recipient. These make great baskets for fruit or eggs or, on a table for hot bread with a bread cloth inside. Read on to find out how it’s done with this tutorial written by Debbie von Grabler-Crozier.You Will NeedCraft EssentialsHow to Make
Note: seam allowances are all ½ cm (1/4”) unless otherwise stated. Please read all instructions through and assemble the equipment before beginning.
1. Begin by threading the needle with a manageable amount of twine and selecting a small amount of raffia. I would say about the thickness of your little finger is perfect.
2. Wrap the end of the twine around the end of the raffia for about 3cm.
Top tip! Some glue helps to keep it in place. Work towards the end because this will be in the right place when you curl it around.
3. Keep winding and bring the raffia around, catching it with the jute and curling it around the original wrap.
Top tip! As with most makes like this, starting off is the hardest. If you find it hard to pull the needle through, have a pair of pliers to hand and use these to give the needle some leverage.
4. This is the plan for the next few coils too. This makes the base and it can be as large or as small as you like. Add in more raffia as you need it. Twist the raffia slightly to keep it neat as you work.
Top tip! Don’t add the raffia in all in one go. If you do it gradually, it will be seamless and only you will know where the joins are.
5. To build the sides of the basket, start to manipulate your raffia so that it is not right next to the one next to it but slightly above it.
6. The next rounds are ‘stacked’ on top of each other as you coil and build the sides.
7. Finish off (whenever you think that the sides are high enough) by wrapping the twine around the free end of the hank of raffia that you are adding and the row below it. This makes a really strong finish. Add a small amount of clear drying glue to the end.
Top tip! Gluing will hold this fast and ensure that it cannot come undone.
8. Finish by sending the needle through the wrap and snipping the end of the twine and any raffia sticking out the other end. Trim any sticky out bits of raffia around the basket too but don’t obsess. This is meant to be a rustic basket and will suit very well as a boho addition to your house.