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So my mom had an old wicker basket that I had broken the handles off when I was younger. And since her birthday is coming up I decided to fix it up for her. So I used an old leather belt to make some new strong handles. I hope you and my mom like it. 
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Step 2: Cutting and Adding Fasteners

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Take your old belt andcut it into two 13.75" pieces.
Then take one of the pieces:
a) about 1/2" from the edge make a slit big enough for the "legs" of the brass fastener to fit through, then about 3/8" (towards the opposite end of the piece) from that slit make another slit.

b) now about 1 5/8" from the center of the two previously made slits make a mark on the piece, then make two slits, each one should be equidistant from the mark.

c) now repeat this for the opposite side of the piece

d) repeat the above for the other piece.

e) just slide the brass fasteners into the slits and your set for the next step.

Step 4: Fin

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Now your done! Go do some laundry
jgodsey10 months ago

where did you get the heavy brass fasteners? more importantly what were they called. i can't seem to find that style. are they for leather work?

Wicker baskets are nice to have around for holding everything from laundry to magazines and soft cover books to pets. :) But looking at this basket, it looks like it's seen better days. No matter - it can be spruced up still!

If you buy vinyl lacing (the stuff kids use to make braided key ring attachments) in any craft store - maybe even wider vinyl lacing too but I've never checked - you could wrap the entire upper edge, looping around and going through the spaces at the top part, it'll prevent any more wicker from breaking off while holding the broken part together. You could do it in brown or a nice coordinating colour like green. It'll make your mom's basket last many years longer and make her twice as happy!
ChrysN4 years ago
Nice, I'm sure your mom will appreciate it.