Flat-Bottom Rug Basket

I’ve just reorganized by craft room, which is actually named “Studio Sydney.” I craft, paint, crochet, sew, do floral design, and more — whatever I’m in the mood to do. As my mother used to say, “Jack of all trades; master of none.”

My husband and I have a four-bedroom home, but we’re alone — making plenty of space for me to declare some as my own.

Ha ha!

So, several years ago, I staked claim to what we call the back room. As Daffy Duck says, “It’s mine, you understand. Mine, all mine! Mine, mine, mine.”

It was a bloody mess, with piles of projects strewn all over the floor, supplies all over the work spaces, and not enough work space to get things done in there. I would move things into our kitchen and work at the kitchen counter.

It’s not something you’d see trending in a magazine; it’s not bright white and all matchy-matchy. Using what I had, now there’s definitely a home for everything. And with my new standing desk that I added, there’s also more work space. There’s a lot going one — I know. But I don’t care, it’s my room, with my mom’s chair, pillows she made for me, and all the things that comfort me.

Anyway, back to the Rug Basket project. In the process of reorganizing Studio Sydney, I realized that I want to learn some new-to-me techniques — maybe take on weaving. That led me to thinking about how trendy macrame is today. As they say, “Everything old is new again.”

Today’s home decor is all about textures — which I absolutely love. Macrame, weaving, and sewing have come of age, again, and I’m ready to dive in.

If you lived through the 70s and early 80s, then you most likely came through those decades having macramed a thing or two — maybe plant hangers or a wall hanging? I did a little bit, but my big sister is the one who mastered the art of macrame. She made the most gorgeous hanging light for our dining room and this wall-hanging pictured below. I have no idea what I did with either of them, but I do know that I sure wish I still had them.

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My big sister and her husband with the macrame wall-hanging right behind them.

Okay, back to the Rug Basket — I really mean it this time.

Today’s project mixes the texture of loopy rugs with a little bit of macrame. Let’s get started.


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Two Dollar Tree bath mats and some macrame rope. The bath mats are about the size of placemats, but perfect for this project. Of course, you can use whatever you’d like to use for your basket. You’ll also need your hot glue gun and you might want to use some finger protectors, because the glue will ooze out and burn your fingers.

Put the two mats together, right sides facing. The two short sides will be the sides of the basket and one long side will be the bottom of the basket. Mark 4-inches in from each side. Remember this long side is the bottom. Then hot glue the two rugs together on the bottom, but only between the two marks. Hold them together until the glue has cooled. Then glue both sides down from top to bottom, holding in place until the glue has cooled.

Following the photos below, bring the bottom of the rug (right where the hot glue began) to the edge of the side (right where the seam formed by the hot glue is). Apply hot glue, then squeeze and hold in place until the glue cools. Repeat this process on the other side. This process forms a four-inch wide flat-bottom to the basket. If you want the bottom of the basket to be wider, then mark the bottom of the rugs about six-inches in from the edge.

Turn the two rugs inside out and you will see the flat-bottom and the basket will stand — not quite straight, but good enough to hold things.

Now comes the pretty part — the macrame edge. I used 24 pieces of rope that were cut about 24-inches long. Using an icepick, I poked 24 holes across the top open edge of what would be the front side of my basket. Then using the standard lark’s head knot, attach the 24 pieces of rope one at a time by folding one cord in half and pushing it through the hole in the rug. Then you bring the two ends of the rope up into the loop formed when you pushed the rope through the hole. Tighten the knot. That is a Lark’s Head Knot.

Then I did five rows of alternating square knots to form a sort of checkered pattern. Click here to see a short video on how to make the square knot.

Once I completed the five rows of square knots, I cut off the excess rope and called this project “done!”

I love it.

Here’s the thing — I didn’t have a pattern to follow or instructions posted by another crafter. I simply had some leftover Dollar Tree bath mats that needed to be used for something. I also had some balls of yarn that needed to be put in something so they’d stop rolling off the shelf they were stored on. The perfect marriage.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Jill Cleveland says:

    Very cool – certainly updates macrame!


    1. Thanks, Jill!! Hope you’re doing well.


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