1. Scraps of fabric. 1" to 1.25" by the width of the fabric works best. The large basket in April Rhodes' Bound fabric collection took about 50-60 pieces and this basket measures 13" in diameter and 8" tall.
2. Cording. Bonnie Craft Cord that is 6mm in diameter is what I used. This is a cord is 100% polyolefin. It worked great because I was covering it up completely. If you plan to leave exposed areas of cord, I would suggest a cotton cording. Although I have not tried it myself, I have heard that cotton clothesline works great. Look for this in the sports and camping section of the store.
3. Thread. This basket is made using a zig zag stitch therefore, you can use up quite a bit of thread. I will let you be the thread police here, but think about using a less expensive thread.
For the stitch setting, I used a zig zag stitch set at 5 wide and 2 in length.
Starting your basket is probably the most difficult part. That being said, don't get discouraged early on. Just keep trying!! Simply wrap the fabric around one end of the cording, coil your end up slightly and start stitching. It takes a bit of finessing but you'll get it!
To add a new section of fabric, simply overlap your other end and continue twisting.
Keep the bowl flat until you have the size you would like for the bottom of the bowl.
That is all! Simple as can be. There are so many variations to this basket. I look forward to seeing what you all come up with! Please enjoy and let me know if you have any questions.