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Posted by on Aug 23, 2011 | 2 comments

Freecycle Upcycle: Basket Weaving with Old Maps

Freecycle Upcycle: Basket Weaving with Old Maps

With Freecycle, in a small town, sometimes what goes around comes around. Katie emailed to tell me she got a pile of old maps from Freecycle from someone named Holly at such-and-such an address. I wonder out loud if Holly is my friend Holly. She’s one and the same, it turns out! Holly doesn’t yet realize Katie and I took those old maps of hers and upcycled them into a rather cool plaited basket. We followed the instructions on Make Projects site for bias plaiting. We started by cutting the maps into long strips with a rotary cutter. We folded the edges to the center and then folded the entire piece in half to make the strips thicker. We made 16 strips this way. Next, we wove the base. We used twine to mark the base of the basket. The next step required one of us to hold one side of the loose plaits while the other one did the three-dimensional weaving to make the sides. That was the...

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