Discover and save creative ideas
    • Eileen Alps

      Design Sponge DIY Recycled Paper Sewing Basket

    • Becky Isom

      SEWING 101: RECYCLED PAPER BASKET from design sponge

    • Shirley Witt

      SEWING 101: RECYCLED PAPER BASKET Thanks to a few recent online purchases, I had an enormous pile of long brown packing paper strips in my studio. I couldn’t bear to just recycle it; it seemed to have so much crafty potential. So tasked with the challenge of creating a project to help get organized for the new year, I decided to turn that pile of paper into a woven basket. Folded into strips and edged with stitching, the paper took on a whole new quality that calls to mind upholstery webbing or even leather. This project is super easy to do, takes only an afternoon and is a great way to give new life to leftover materials. Let’s get started! — Brett Bara Read the full how-to after the jump! Materials long lengths of paper (I used packing paper, but wallpaper scraps or gift wrap would work great, too.) sewing machine glue or hot glue paperclips   Instructions 1. Fold and sew the strips. Starting with a large piece of paper (mine was 30″ wide), begin folding the strips. Simply fold up the edge about 1″, then continue folding it over and over onto itself, creasing the paper well with each fold. The number of folds you make will depend on how heavy your paper is; I folded mine so that there were about 10 layers total. The goal is to make strips that feel sturdy but not so stiff that they won’t be able to bend around the curves of the basket. Next, sew along one edge of the strip, about 1/8″ or so from the folded edge. Then repeat along the other edge of the strip. Repeat this process to make as many strips as you plan to use for the base of your basket. I used eight total. 2. Weave the strips. Weave the strips together so they create a large cross shape. If there is a wrong side to your strips (i.e., a side where you see the raw edge of the paper or any other flaws), situate these so they are facing up, which means they’ll be hidden on the inside of the basket when it’s finished. It helps to secure the overlapping strips around the perimeter so that things won’t slip around too much while you’re working. Next, measure the width of one side of the cross. Add about 2″ to that measurement then multiply by 4. This is the length your strips will need to be to create the sides of the basket. Make several strips to this length, using the same method as above. Then begin weaving the long strips to create the sides. The first round is the most awkward — I find it helps to temporarily hold the strips in place with paperclips as you go. To finish off the ends of the first round, just overlap the two ends and tuck them in (you will probably have to trim them so that the ends will hide behind another strip rather than poke out). At this point, you can either paperclip the ends or secure them with a dab of hot glue. Then simply continue creating rounds in the same way, moving the paperclips up on each round as you work. I did four rounds total, but you can make your basket as shallow or as tall as you like. 3. Finishing To finish off the top edge of the basket, fold all the strips to the inside . . . . . . and then trim the raw edges and tuck them into strips from the rounds below. Secure all the folded strips in place with a bit of glue so none of them sneak out of place. And that’s it! Use this basket to corral household clutter or craft supplies, and if you get tired of it, well, just recycle it. Happy organizing!

    • Tracy Johnston

      DIY Recycled Paper basket from Simply fold long strips of packing paper or cut up paper bags lengthwise and stitch them and then weave together. Cute, can't wait to try.

    • Vicki (

      sewing 101: recycled paper basket | Design*Sponge What a great way to reuse brown paper packaging

    More from this board

    DIY gift bags

    Extracto de vainilla casero via

    Composting is an easy responsibility for kids and a great way to teach them about earth science as well as reducing waste.

    TWIG Garden Markers would be so easy to make using stamps or permanent markers

    Strawberry seeds ~ Semillas de frutilla

    Growing ginger indoors.

    Planting ginger root

    lets grow sweet potatoes! ~ Boniatos

    growing potatoes... I am never successful with potatoes, except when I chuck them in a hole and forget about them!

    Guide to growing gorgeous garlic ~ Plantar ajos.

    how to grow your own garlic sprouts ~ Brotes de ajo.

    Making this!! So cute for all my books in the class room and completely free

    DIY: headbands

    How to Grow Garlic ~ Cultivar ajos en casa.

    Love!! Transform an old crib into a loft toddler bed! Simple, cheap, practical, fun for the kiddos, and super cute. #diy

    Ana White | Build a Easy Scrap Wood Crayon or Pencil Block Holder

    DIY Honey Shampoo for silky smooth hair!

    DIY: Wall Shelves From A Shoebox

    DIY: Mini Wall Art From Shoebox Lids

    DIY Rug from a table cloth and maybe some felt or carpet cusion underneath. This could be sprayed with a varnish of some sort to be durable. Great idea!

    DIY Photo Clipboards: Great for kids' artwork | Love Grows Wild

    Glue Snowflakes. Lay wax paper over snowflake template. Draw lines with glue. Sprinkle w/glitter. Dry overnight. Add string to hang.

    DIY Chocolate Chip Flowers - how cool is that!

    How to Fold a Paper Box: 19 Steps - wikiHow