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Crochet Basket from Upcycled Bed Sheets

I’m doin’ a happy dance because it’s the last Tuesday of the month. And, that means it’s Reduce, Reuse, REFASHION time. Simply put…I like to take an article of clothing, textile, accessory, etc. and show you how to turn it into something completely new. Today, I’m going to make a crochet basket using using this yarn I created below.

Upcycled Sheets Made into Yarn by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Now, don’t laugh…remember I’m a homeschooling mom to 6 kids who also happens to own her own business and blog. With that being said, forget the fact that I started this “yarn” over ten years ago. There, I said it. This “yarn” is made from old bed sheets I sourced from my home and the thrift store and torn into strips.

Originally, I had a larger pile, but with babies, remodeling, and so much more, this project fell to the wayside. I gave away a few, but hung onto these three. My original inspiration was to make a rug for my kitchen. Well, after two additional remodels, the yarn wouldn’t match my decor. So, today I’m opting for a basket…a HUGE basket.

DIY TIME

First, before you freak and say that you couldn’t crochet a stitch, let me say…YES you can. If you can follow directions, hold a hook in one hand, and yarn in the other, it’s worth a try. I am self-taught from a store-bought kit and love to crochet as part of what I call my stitch therapy. While it’s typically my cabin fever cure, I like to crochet whenever I can. You can see my crochet stool cover HERE.

To make your yarn for a crochet basket, simply snip hashes in the short side of your sheet fabric at intervals as wide as you want them to be. I used a 1 ½” interval. Then, tear your fabric into strips. No need to waste time cutting, just RIP IT! {{a blast!!}} note: you can also make t-shirt yarn for this as well.

Next, you need to join your strips. You can do this before you wind it into a ball or as you go. To join, here are the steps:

  1. Snip ½” slits in each end of your piece of yarn.
  2. Insert one yarn piece into another.
  3. Take the opposite end of the yarn piece you inserted and put it through the opening on the same piece of yarn.
  4. Pull the yarn tight to make a knot.

How to Join Fabric Yarn by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

CROCHET TIME

Obviously, you’ll need a pattern. If you are familiar with crochet, you’ll start your foundation chain ring and then make it as big as you want the base of your crochet basket to be. Here’s a pattern you can go by to create 3 different sizes. Since my goal is a large basket, I kind just had at it and did as I pleased using a single crochet stitch with a size 10 hook. I cannot say enough how much a blessing a stitch marker is. You want to keep track of your rounds so you don’t pull your hair out. I made my own stitch markers years ago. Isn’t it cuuuute?

Handmade Honey Bee Crochet Stitch Marker by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Crochet Basket Round Base by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

My base is about 16″ diameter and will have a sort of ombre style going lighter as I work up.

Adding Crochet Basket Colors for Ombre Effect by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

THE REVEAL

After a few hours of stichin’ fun my crochet basket is complete. woot!

Handmade Crochet Basket Made from Upcycled Bed Sheets by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #handmade #crochet #diy #home #farmhouse #homedecor

Ombre Crochet Basket Handmade from Bed Sheets by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #crochet #handmade #home #basket #farmhouse

For added function and style, I added two leather handles from leftover scrap from my past leather projects. (our leather bench hack, my office chair, and pot holder)

Leather Handles on Crochet Basket by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #basket #diy #farmhouse #home

Top view of DIY Crochet Basket by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #handmade #crochet #crafts

It’s the perfect size to fit my two wool throws. I just love cozying up in those and they needed their own special spot to be tucked in too. Also, my basket was made only of single crochet stitches, but I did a reverse front post stitch along the top edge to give it more of a stance. Plus, it adds contrast to the pattern.

Reverse Front Post Crochet Stitch for Basket Edge by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #crafts #home #crochet

Farmhouse Style Crochet Basket from Upcycled Bed Sheets by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #crafts #basket #handmade #crochet #farmhouse

Can you tell I had fun? I sure hope so! I do enjoy crochet, but most of all inspiring you. Now, maybe, you’ll think twice about tossing those damaged bed sheets, eh? tee hee.

Upcycled Bed Sheets Yarn into Crochet Basket by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #crafts #crochet

In addition to leaving some comment love below, do pin and share to inspire others too.

Don't toss those damaged bed sheets! Upcycle them into this DIY crochet basket | Details by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #crochet #upcycle #refashion #basket #farmhouse

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Comments

  1. Rebecca - NC says

    Oh my goodness…. that is incredible!!!! It is truly trash to TREASURE. And oh so chic! Just look in all the new design magazines and you’ll find lots of this style…. all expensively priced. Oh the things I WISH I could do…. 🥰

    • Larissa says

      It is so fun to create for our homes. You gotta give crochet a try, Rebecca. Single crochet is easier than most think. Thank you so much for the love! 😀

  2. Sherin says

    Now I have to learn how to crochet!! This idea is just too good!
    Is there no end to your talents Larissa?

    • Larissa says

      woot, woot! That’s what I like to hear, Sherin!! Thanks for the smile. Give it a try!

  3. susan says

    Love this one too! I just brought some old sheets home from the camper! What size hook did you use?

    • Larissa says

      Thanks! I forgot to mention it’s a size 10. Thanks for the reminder!

  4. Little Debbie says

    Wow!
    Rebecca NC is right!
    That is right on trend and very pricy!
    I need to run out and buy a large crochet hook….
    Thanks for the motivation! 😍

    • Larissa says

      Go for it! No regrets here…tee hee! I use it to make chunky afghans, scarves, and such. Have fun!

  5. Tammy says

    I hearby pronouce you Queen of Everything! You are one talented woman Larissa.

    • Larissa says

      bwahahaha!! You just made my whole week! 😀 You’re a hoot, Tammy, and I accept your nomination. Now, tell my husband, please. 😉

  6. Mary formerly of the boondocks says

    Larissa this is truly an original idea for fabric. I have never seen a basket look so good from sheets!!

    • Larissa says

      Right? I used to have so many “yarn” balls and just ran out of time. Time to make more! Thanks for the love, Mary.

  7. Marie B. says

    Well after seeing this I’m never buying a woven basket again! I bought a similar basket last year for our living room $$$. It never in a million years occurred to me that the tote in the storage room filled with old sheets could be crochet into a gorgeous basket. HELLO! Pinned because this is so happening at my house. Great gift idea too!

    • Larissa says

      haha! That’s what I love to hear, Marie! Right…so many possibilities. I still want to make a rug, but need different colors this time. I’d love to make one look like a giant doily. Thanks for the love!

  8. Linda C Johnston says

    You put me to shame!!! I wish I could do a fraction of what you do. Now, of all things, at my age I HAVE to learn to crochet! lol! Great job. I just love this basket! Pinned this for sure!

    • Larissa says

      You crack me up, Linda! haha! You do have to learn…really! It’s so fun and therapeutic. I started in my early twenties, so it’s never too late. Thanks!!

  9. Pzhrynieb says

    My mom knitted and sewed. My Grandma sewed and crocheted. I loved sewing. Now it’s time I take up crocheting. I love this idea. With a friends help I should be able to do it too!

    • Larissa says

      That’s the spirit!! You sure can. Getting started is the hardest part, but yarn is so forgiving and once you get it down the bounds are limitless. Have fun!

  10. Kaycee says

    Hi Larissa, Wait, what….sheets? Girl, I love your woven basket! I love the sheet/fabric colors you used and the addition of the leather handles was brilliant. Have a great day.

  11. Kim Banko says

    What a great upcycle Larissa!!

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