Young Son, age 13, is a Boy Scout. Scouting is a terrific program–leadership, camping, service.
You may have heard of merit badges, those small round marks of accomplishment that are sewn onto sashes across the land, showing that a scout has acquired a certain amount of skill in subjects ranging from lifesaving to rabbit raising.
Young Son went to summer camp this year and came back with a dreaded “partial finish,” meaning he started a badge but didn’t complete all the requirements. The subject? Basketry.
He made one basket, a nice round one of reeds. He learned how to cane a seat. But, he did not finish his square basket.
After studying the requirements, we determined that there was no requirement specifying the materials used in the basket construction.
So, we searched and BEHOLD! the saving tutorial: Woven Fabric Basket.
Young Son selected 2-1/2″ strips from the bin. Interfaced.
Sewed. Got poked with pins.
Nearly gave up.
Ta-dah! A finished basket. And a finished badge. Whew!
ps–This is a really good tutorial and the results are quite sturdy, more sturdy than I expected. We are impressed and plan to try a few different shapes, perhaps making a narrower one for a pencil holder and a wide, flat one to hold bread at the table. Any other ideas?