Soteria Green Basket

Size: 7" x 11" (base) Height: 10"

Soteria Green Basket Pattern

by Beth Hester

Please print this FREE pattern sheet and share with your friends.

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.

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Materials / Supplies

Description Item Add to Cart
60 ft. - 3/4" Flat Reed - Stakes Item 1034P Add*
45 ft. - 5/8" Flat Reed - Weavers Item 1058P Add*
20 ft.- 1/4" Flat Smoked Reed - Weavers Item KF14F Add
8 ft. - 5/8" Braided Seagrass - Weavers Item 4158F Add*
4 ft. - 3/8" Flat Reed - Weaver Item 1038F Add
2 Yds. - 1" Shaker Tape - Handles Item 2601Y Add
8 ft. - 1/2" Flat Oval - Rims Item 3312F Add
4 ft. - #3 Seagrass - Rim Filler Item 4073F Add
9 ft. - 1/4" Flat Reed - Lashing Item 1014F Add

* These items have been rounded to 1 pound/coil because it is less expensive to purchase 1 pound than to purchase the foot quantity.

Hints in working with Reed:

  1. When the pattern calls for soaking your flat reed, soaking 1 or 2 minutes in warm water is usually long enough to make reed flexible; seagrass needs only to be spritzed. Soak the Flat Oval Reed for 5 to 10 minutes in hot water. If reed becomes dry while you are weaving, dip it in water for a few seconds.
  2. Do not soak your reed too long; it will become mushy.
  3. Flat reed has a smooth side and a rough side. You can determine the rough side by sharply bending a wet piece of reed in half. The rough side will usually fray or splinter more than the smooth side.
  4. Keep your weaving even as you make your basket. When weaving the sides, do not leave spaces between the rows of weaving.
  5. As you weave, gently push or pull on the stakes to keep them vertical and to maintain a pleasing shape. Square the corners a bit on each row of weaving; also, square the corners of your rims.
  6. Reed should be completely dry before being stored.

Photo 1

Weaving the Base

Cut 7 pieces (stakes) 36" long and 11 stakes 34" long from 3/4" Flat Reed. Soak all the stakes. Mark two stakes--one that's 36" long and one that's 34" long, in the center on the rough side of the reed with a pencil.

Place a twist-tie around the 36" marked stake and lay it on top of the 34" marked stake at a 90 degree angle, aligning the marks. See Photo.

NOTE: The twist-tie identifies the center of the base. All stakes will be woven rough side up and placed about 1/4" apart; as you add each stake to your base, align its ends with the ends of these center stakes. Weave all 36" stakes parallel to the center 36" stake; weave all 34" stakes parallel to the center 34" stake.

Photo 2

Next, weave a stake above the center horizontal stake and one below, placing each of these stakes under the center stake. Align stake ends. Next, weave 1 stake to the right and one to the left of center; weaving over the center stake and under the other 2 stakes. Space all stakes just about 1/4" apart and align the ends. Secure with clothespins as needed. See Photo.


Continue adding stakes, working outward from the center, until you have interwoven all 18 stakes. The woven area (base) should measure 7" x 11" with stakes extending about 12" from the edge of the base on each side.

Soteria Green Basket

Soak the base and upset the basket by creasing each stake at the edge of the base.


Weave the sides in plain weave (rough side to the inside) according to the following: Item
Rows 1 - 8 5/8" Flat
Row 9* 1/4" Smoked
Row 10* 5/8" Braided Seagrass
Row 11* 1/4" Smoked
Row 12 5/8" Flat
Row 13** 1/4" Smoked
Row 14** 5/8" Braided Seagrass
Row 15** 1/4" Smoked
Row 16 5/8" Flat
Row 17 3/8" Flat

*Weave Rows 9, 10, and 11 in same pattern

**Weave Rows 13, 14, and 15 in same pattern


Pack rows. Crease, trim to length, then tuck each stake where the top row of weaver is on the inside of the basket. Hide each tucked end behind the rows of smoked and braided seagrass on the inside of your basket.

Cut all remaining stakes flush with the top of the basket.

Insert the ends of the shaker tape handles (1 yard each) underneath the top row. See basket photo at the top of the page for placement.

Soak the 1/2" Flat Oval. Determine the rim lengths, allowing about a 4" overlap. Mark and carve each overlap.

Attach rims and #3 Seagrass rim filler to the basket with cable ties.

Using 1/4" Flat Reed, single lash the rims to the basket (creating a backstitch at the handles if desired).

Pull Shaker Tape to desired length and trim. Tie a knot in the Shaker Tape on the inside of your basket and use needle & thread to secure the knot.


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