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County Fair Basket Pattern Sheet

County Fair Basket Pattern Sheet
by Martha Arterburn and Beth Hester

Each year Martha Arterburn, County Extension Agent for 4-H Youth Development, and I put our thinking caps on and "design" a basket for a 4-H Basket Workshop here in Allen County, Kentucky. This year Martha was gifted with several boxes of reed from two generous local basket weavers and those sizes of material and donated handles were our inspiration.

The County Fair Basket has a wooden base, handcrafted oak Swing Handle and 5/8" stakes; it's woven with 1/4" natural and dyed flat and flat oval. An easy and fun basket — just a great little weaving project!

Size: 8" diameter x 7" tall

FREE - Online Pattern Sheet for County Fair Basket - FREE

Summer Shoulder Bag

Summer Shoulder Bag

by Beth Hester

As women we often find ourselves hauling an extra load — be it books and papers as we head to a gathering, snacks as we watch children practice or perform, our tablet or laptop, knitting/handwork (just in case we find some time during the day), or our current favorite book from the library.

When designing this Shoulder Bag I was thinking of the summer ahead, upcoming travels and family gatherings. In addition, I wanted to use up some short ends of dyed reed that had accumulated from classes and other projects. This basket's size is 3" x 13" x 13" tall and each row of weaving is about 3 feet in length. I'm giving you the 'Recipe' I used, but I encourage you to think of your particular needs, get out your leftovers, add a pound of 5/8" Flat for stakes and some weavers, gather your rim materials and choose the style handle that appeals to you!

FREE - Online Pattern Sheet for Summer Shoulder Bag - FREE

Instructions for a Ladder Back Chair Seat

Weaving a Ladder Back Chair Seat with Flat Reed

Sometime in the early 1980s, Lestel Childress, a fifth generation white oak basket maker from Park City Kentucky, showed Beth and I how to weave a seat for a ladder back chair. The following instructions are based on Lestel's method. Instead of white oak splits, we are using flat reed for our chair seat. Flat reed is inexpensive, makes a strong chair seat and will last for years.

FREE - Online Instructions for Weaving a Ladder Back Chair Seat - FREE

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Flat Reed
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Sarah's Wedding Basket

Sarah's Wedding Basket Pattern

2013 by Beth Hester and Colette Brann

FREE - Online Instructions for Sarah's Wedding Basket - FREE

Sarah's future Mother-In-Law, Colette, wanted something special for the upcoming rehearsal dinner party. So, Beth suggested they weave a basket around their antique Blue Mason Jars.

This quick and fun project makes a very attractive flower vase. By only weaving the bottom and top the blue jar shines through.

I think the guests will be impressed with the handmade woven touch!

Smoked Reed
Smoked Reed

Mule Skinner Basket Pattern

Mule Skinner Basket Pattern

2013 by Beth Hester - Lynne Marrs Hammer Ferguson

FREE - Online Instructions for the Mule Skinner Basket - FREE

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Melon Shaped Egg Basket Instructions

Melon Shaped Egg Basket

2012 by GH Productions Inc.

FREE - Online Instructions for the 10" Melon Shaped Egg Basket - FREE

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Apple Basket with Swing Handle Instructions

Apple Basket with Swing Handle

2012 by GH Productions Inc.

FREE - Online Instructions for Apple Basket with Swing Handle - FREE

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How to make the perfect scarf joint

How to Make a Perfect Scarf Joint for Your Rims

2012 by GH Productions Inc.

FREE - Online Instructions for Carving a Scarf joint - FREE

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An Easy Method for Sharpening Your Hand Plane

2012 by GH Productions Inc.

FREE - Online Instructions for Sharpening Your Hand Plane - FREE

Small Egg Basket Instructions

Small "Egg" Basket

Scott Gilbert

In South Central Kentucky the rib construction basket is commonly called the Egg Basket.

The egg basket is not difficult to make. There are only 4 basic parts: The hoops, the lashing or "eye", the ribs and the weaving.

This little basket would make a lovely holiday decoration and would be fun to make with your friends. Enjoy!

Diameter: 4"

FREE - Online Instructions for Small Egg Basket - FREE

Round Reed
Round Reed

Homemakers Basket Pattern sheet

Homemakers Basket Pattern Sheet

Beth Hester

This beautiful and sturdy basket was created for Janis Steele, President of the Meador Homemakers Club.

It's one of those baskets you'll enjoy weaving—just add your own variety of color and materials for the accent rows and you're set with a basket to use or one to give as a gift.

Basket size: 12 in. diameter x 9 in. tall.

FREE - Online Pattern Sheet for Homemakers Basket - FREE

Dyed Reed
Dyed Reed

Out the Door Quick

Out the Door Quick

'Out the Door Quick' is just that—quick and easy. It's great for hanging on a doorknob or peg in your kitchen or family room—the perfect place to keep keys or paperwork. Make up a couple of these and use them to help you stay organized, or make them as gifts!

Created by Delane Kolbe of Lebanon, Tennessee, this neat little basket measures about 6 in. x 4 in. at its base. Make this easy piece 10 inches tall or make the shorter version at just 4.5 inches tall. Either way, you'll weave with natural and dyed reed, finish with a standard rim and use a short length of Shaker Tape for the handle.

FREE - Online Instructions for Out the Door Quick - FREE

Marie's Handbag Basket Pattern

Marie's Handbag

This little Basket Handbag is named in memory of Marie Levan, Marsha Holm's niece, who lost her 2 year battle with cancer, October 2008, at the age of 37. Marie was a pre-school teacher, a wife and a mother. "She was full of life and love," says author Marsha Holm. "One of her loves was for purses and I think she would have liked this one!"

Basket size: 9 in. x 5 in. at rim; 8 in. tall.

FREE - Online Instructions for Marie's Handbag - FREE

Flat Oval Reed
Flat Oval Reed

FREE Show Your Spirit Basket Pattern

Show your Spirit!

Carry this tall, striking basket to your favorite sports team's tailgating events, to the pool, to crafting classes or anywhere you are hauling a load. The wooden base adds to the durability and the Shaker Tape Handles are flexible and strong. Made of natural and dyed reed material.

Personalize with colors of your favorite team or any colors you desire.

Special thanks to Lynne Marrs Hammer Ferguson, Artist In Residence, Kentucky Library and Museum / Western Kentucky University, for her inspiration in developing this pattern.

FREE - Online Instructions for Show Your Spirit - FREE

FREE Instructions for Shelly's Basket

Shelly’s Basket
Designed by Shelly Bychowski

You’ll be inspired to make several of these — weave them all natural or add bands of color. Start with an 8” slotted base and a few rows of twining on 1/2” flat stakes. Weave stop-start rows and finish off with 5/8” flat oval rims. What could be easier?

Shelly’s Basket was designed “out of necessity” as a waste basket by a friend who enjoys basket making and is a ribbon-winning needleworker from Northern Illinois. Shelly hones her skills at Basketcases, a wonderfully unique quilt shop and basket studio in Clare. Thanks for sharing a great basket, Shelly!

FREE - Online Instructions for Shelly's Basket - FREE

Helpful Hints
Helpful Hints

Add runners to your basket

Add Runners to your Basket

Putting runners on a basket is very easy but it does require some woodworking experience.

Runners not only add value to your basket but they give it extra support and help protect the basket's bottom.

Do it yourself or ask a friend with woodworking tools to help.

FREE - Online How-To for Adding Runners to a Basket - FREE

Cane Webbing Instructions

Cane Webbing Chair Seat Instructions

If your chair has a groove around the seat opening, then choose Cane Webbing for replacing the seat.

FREE - Online Cane Webbing Chair Seat Instructions - FREE

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Melissa Basket Pattern

Melissa's Basket

Originally made for Michael Sims' niece, Melissa, in December 1999, this popular basket is generously sized and easy to make. It's a great beginner project.

FREE Online Melissa Basket Pattern FREE

A Woven Heart

A Woven Heart
Joyce Lantz
Sylva, NC

I loved these little woven hearts when I first saw them at Dogwood Crafters in Dillsboro, NC. When the crafter retired, I began making them for the shop, a craft cooperative. The originals were mainly red for Christmas and Valentine’s Day, but I choose to make them in many different variations for all occasions. They are easy to make, fun to give and always bring a smile.- Joyce Lantz

FREE Online A Woven Heart Pattern FREE

The Garden Basket Free Pattern

The Garden Basket

by Beth Hester

The Scottsville, Kentucky Garden Club organized a basket workshop for its members and they asked me to create a useful basket with wooden base, braided seagrass and one of our signature oak swing handles. They've named it 'The Garden Basket'; it's pretty, it's practical and it's one you'll use often whether outside in the garden or indoors. Starting with an 8" round slotted base and using 5/8" flat for the spokes, this easy-to-make Garden Basket has accent rows of #0 seagrass, braided seagrass and moss green dyed reed. What a great addition to your collection. Finished size: 10" Diameter x 7" High.

FREE Online The Garden Basket Pattern FREE

Basket for Janice

Basket for Janice

by Beth Hester

Generously sized with 2 beautiful 12” Oak Swing Handles, this basket is easy to make and recommended for beginners. Designed for my special friend Janice Walden—a gardener, basket maker and champion quilter—it has a filled bottom and is woven in plain weave with smoked and natural reed.
Finished size: 12” x 18” x 8”.

FREE Online Basket for Janice Pattern FREE

FREE 4-H Williamsburg Basket Pattern

4-H Williamsburg Basket Pattern

2009 by Beth Hester

The Basket Maker's Catalog is again privileged to teach a group of Allen County Kentucky 4-Hers. This summer's 4-H Basket Project is the Williamsburg Basket, made with a medium-sized Williamsburg 'D' Handle; it's accented with 3 rows of green (the official 4-H color).

FREE Online 4-H Williamsburg Basket Pattern FREE

Gracious Goodness Carrier

Gracious Goodness Carrier

by Beth Hester

In the Spring of 2009 a group of friends requested I design a basket that would be perfect for carrying casserole dishes of food and other items to community potlucks and church socials.

They love the generous size of this Carrier and especially appreciate the two beautiful white oak handles, handmade in our shop in Scottsville, Kentucky, that lay flat on the rim for serving.

FREE Online Gracious Goodness Carrier Basket Pattern FREE

4h - Swing Basket 2008


4-H Swing Basket Pattern

2008 by Martha Arterburn & Beth Hester

This new basket was created for beginning 4-H basket makers. We hope you'll enjoy this FREE Basket Pattern using the unique 8" x 12" 'D' Swing Handle.

Many thanks to Martha Arterburn, Allen County, Kentucky Extension Agent for 4-H Youth Development.

FREE Online 4H Swing Basket Pattern FREE

soteria green

Soteria Green Basket Pattern

by Beth Hester

In 2008 my sister, Mary Hester-Gragg, opened a new location of Soteria, her Health Food Store, in White House, Tennessee. To promote basketry classes at Soteria and the philosophy of reuse and recycling, this shopping basket was designed to fit behind the driver's seat or in the trunk of your car.

It's a great piece that you'll enjoy using time and again.

FREE Online Soteria Green Basket Pattern FREE

Waxed Linen Ornament Pattern

Waxed Linen Ornament — for Vadie
by Beth Hester
The Basket Maker’s Catalog

New for 2008! Lovely needle-weave ornaments--perfect for your holiday tree, for hanging in a window or trimming a present. A wonderful gift as well.

FREE Online Step-By-Step Waxed Linen Ornament Weaving Instructions FREE

Online Footstool Assembly Instructions

Simple Wooden Footstool Item # 6888E
Assembly Instructions

FREE Online Footstool Assembly Instructions FREE

Weave your own Shaker Tape chair, rocker or stool.

Shaker Tape Seating for Chairs, Rockers and Stools
from The Basket Maker's Catalog

Shaker Tape seats are quite beautiful and will give you years of great service. Whether you're seating a chair or a stool, you'll enjoy this easy weaving adventure!

FREE Online Step-By-Step Shaker Tape Weaving Instructions FREE

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NEW for 2007 - Mini Loaf Holiday Basket

New for 2007, the Mini Loaf Basket is perfect for the holidays. Imagine your friend's delight when they receive this basket - made by you - filled with your fresh baked holiday bread or other goodies. They'll enjoy using your basket year after year.

Easy-to-make kit includes all materials you need with step-by-step photo instructions. The Mini Loaf Holiday Basket features 1/2" and #2 natural reed, 1/4" and #3 dark green dyed reed and a pair of ash side handles. We'll even include cable ties so lashing the 3/8" flat oval rims will be a cinch! FREE On-Line Instructions HERE

Peppermint Twist

NEW for 2006!

Peppermint Twist

Swing Your Partner Basket Instructions

Peppermint Twist
by GH Productions Inc.

FREE Peppermint Twist Basket Instructions


Swing Your Partner

By Beth Hester

FREE Swing Your Partner Instructions

June Blue - FREE Pattern Sheet
Spirals in the Smoke - FREE Pattern Sheet

Springtime Tote Basket
NEW 2006!

by Beth Hester

FREE Online Pattern Sheet

June Blue

by Joan Tuck

FREE Online Pattern Sheet

Spirals in the Smoke

by Janice Walden

FREE Online Pattern Sheet

Simple Gift
Card Basket

Simple Gift

by GH Productions Inc.

FREE Online Pattern Sheet

New for 2001

FREE Card Basket Pattern in Adobe Acrobat Format. It's easy to view and print your instructions with Acrobat Reader.

Cardbasket.pdf (66 KB).

Napkin Basket with Star Wire Hanger!

This 6" x 3" x 6" basket is great for holding napkins, paperwork or even pencils. You can easily add dyed weavers or change the wire hanger to match your decor.

FREE Napkin Basket Instructions.

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Snowman Basket Pattern

This Easy-To-Make basket is a great project for the holidays and it would look fantastic hanging on your tree or sitting on your mantel with your other holiday decorations. Plus, they make quick and easy gifts.

Remember. . . Once your friends see your Snowman Basket they'll want one too. So order plenty of supplies and take advantage of our holiday sale prices.

FREE Snowman Basket Pattern.

Holiday Delight Basket

FREE Holiday Delight Basket Pattern

Imagine Your Tree covered with dozens of delightful Holiday Baskets.  These baskets, that you and your family made, are sure to find a place in your home for years to come.

This basket measures 3" x 4" x 5" including the handle. The base is plaited and the sides are woven in a chasing weave using #1 Round Reed. The basket is finished with a 3" Round Ash Handle and lashed rims.


Candy Cane Basket

FREE Candy Cane Basket Pattern

This easy-to-make Candy Cane Basket would look great sitting in your kitchen or hanging near your phone.  It's perfect for holding pencils, candy canes and all sorts of things.  You could even place a small jar with ivy or a potted plant inside the basket, plus it makes a great gift.


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