Sunday, October 11, 2009



Dorothy Oliver and Loes Snoodijk

To make a moses basket you will need:

Brown canvas, one piece for basket 5 1/2 inch x 5 1/2 inch or 140 x 140 mm.

Strands pulled from canvas for plaiting, 10 inch or 260 mm. in length, to make handles and top edging for basket, the leftover canvas can be used to make other projects, keep any leftover strands as they will come in handy.

PVA glue mix, 1 part glue to 2 parts water

Small pot to put the glue in

Babyshampoo bottle, cover with cling film as this will make it easy to get the canvas of.

Rubber band

Pair of scissors

Wet the canvas with the glue mix. Squeeze out as much as you can.
Moulds over bottle, hold in place with rubber band. Pull canvas though and smooth out. Put in a warm place to dry.

When dry remove canvas from bottle and cut carefully to shape,
Make plait with 9 strands (9x3),

Glue on handles with PVA glue (full strength). Then glue plait around top edge of the basket.
You can finish the basket in your own way, it looks good lined with fine fabric and narrow braid inside top edge or trim with lace for more frilly effect.

Cut a piece of fleece like fabric for mattress (size of bottlebase).
Make a cover from crape bandage, carefully pull out threads from around the edge and middle to make a pattern, put a small blob of glue at corners to stop it from fraying.


  1. Thanks for your kindness.

  2. The photos seem to be missing in this tut, or I can't see them for some reason. Please can you put them back once more? Thank you!