I had some braided t-shirt yarn lying around – actually, tons of it – when I decided to make something with them. Rather than knitting the yarn into a basket, I decided to wrap the yarn into a braided t-shirt yarn basket.

braided basket

The braided t-shirt yarn basket is great for storing crafting materials, decorative items, or little knick-knacks that need a home. It is a lovely decor item for a desk or accent table. Plus, it is washable, so it’s easy to clean and maintain.

interior of pink braided t-shirt yarn basket

I wrapped pink cotton yarn around the braided yarn until the base of the basket was approx. 3” diameter. Then, I wrapped the braided yarn on the of the outside of the base. I continued stacking and wrapping until I use up the skein of braided yarn. Finally, I shaped the basket into a rounder, bowl shape.

You can make this in an afternoon, or during a weekend. The materials are very inexpensive. If you have a few old t-shirts, scissors, tapestry needle, and a skein of cotton yarn, you’re good to go. Just remember to wash your old t-shirts first before starting.

Here are the instructions:


braided yarn and pink yarn for the braided basket

1 braided t-shirt yarn ball

1 skein cotton yarn in coordinating color (I used Lily’s Sugar ‘n Cream cotton yarn in Hot Pink)

tapestry needle




Make the base

Cut a 1.5-2’ strand of cotton yarn. Place aside.

Trim tip of the ball of braided t-shirt yarn.

Bend tip over to form a loop. Wrap cotton yarn around the middle of the loop, then tie a knot.

wrap yarn around loop then tie knot

Flip braided yarn over so that the knot is at the bottom (the top is facing up towards you).

begin wrapping yarn around loop

Thread opposite end of yarn through the eye of the needle.

Begin by wrapping the yarn around the loop until you reach the base.

wrap yarn around loop until you reach the baseThen, insert the needle below the space between the 2 sides of the wrapped loop. Pull the yarn through space.

Fold the braided yarn around and above the center of the loop, then wrap the pink yarn around it. Next, bring the yarn through the space between the braided yarn on top and the wrapped center loop.

Continue wrapping as follows: bring the needle from the bottom of the base, through space between the base and braided yarn, around and away from the center, then down again to the bottom.

When you run out of pink yarn, attach a new piece of yarn to the old piece. Tie both pieces into a knot. Thread the tip of the new piece through the eye of the needle, then continue wrapping.

attach new piece of pink yarn to old piece

Make the basket

When the base of the basket is at the width that you want, place the braided yarn on top of the one below it.

Continue wrapping the braided yarn with the pink yarn in the manner stated above. Remember to add another pink yarn strand as you run out of the previous one.

Finish the basket

When you use up the braided yarn, finish the basket by bringing the pink yarn through the knot at the end. 

Wrap the yarn around the knot, then remove the yarn from the needle. Make a knot at the tip of the yarn.

Trim the excess pink yarn and the excess tassel strands of braided yarn around the basket, making knots.

Shape the basket with your hands to make it more round.

Display your basket on a table or shelf. Add a few knick-knacks to it.


I would love to know if you tried making this project. Please let me know through the Comments section below, or share your braided t-shirt yarn basket on Instagram @spinstersimone with the tag #braidedbasket.

Let me know if you have any questions about this project, or if you want to see more projects like it. Just leave your comments below.

If you like this project, then check out my other upcycling projects.


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