October 11, 2012

Folded leather basket :: a minimalistic DIY

Folded leather basket :: a minimalistic DIY

I love minimalism, as I truly believe less is more.
I have always loved geometry.
I love figuring out how things are built.

Lately I have been drawn into building shapes, going from something flat to something three dimensional and functional with the least steps involved. The teddy bear key chain is one example.

So, when I came across this fabulous basket and DIY on Pinterest, I couldn't get to my craft's table fast enough. In no time, I made a bunch of leather mini baskets based on the same principle, but instead of using a hexagon I made use of squares. And leather - what else!?

Folded leather basket :: a minimalistic DIY

This is an easy and fast craft, which requires minimal supplies:
a (small) piece of leather, a hole punch, rivets and rivet setter, a cutting tool, and a ruler and pencil.

Now if you don't have access to leather, try using heavy weight felt as in the original tutorial, or use foam sheets. Or with the holidays just ahead of us why not try making some baskets out of nice and heavy card stock, replacing the rivets with eyelets or brads. These baskets would make perfect packaging for those homemade cookies.

Before you get started and especially when using precious materials like leather, I recommend making a paper version first, just to make sure you got the dimensions right.

I made two sizes of baskets:
- a 15 cm square results in a 7 x 7 x 4 cm basket
- a 10 cm  square results in a 5 x 5 x 2,5 cm basket

To give you a rough idea: one of the larger baskets is holding (part of my) washi tape collection and the other one a bunch of large paper clips. The small one holds quite an amount of small paperclips. 

Folded leather basket :: a minimalistic DIY

Instructions:

1. Make a paper template or download the template here.
2. Cut the leather and make the diagonal incisions as shown (for a 15 cm square, cut 6cm diagonals; for a 10cm square this would be 4cm diagonals)
3. Punch 4 holes as shown in the picture and template.
4. Set rivets (I found the table corner to be very useful for this, but make sure to protect your table appropriately). Shape your basket by inserting the two remaining flaps.

Folded leather basket :: a minimalistic DIY

26 comments:

house on hill road said...

this is simple and beautiful! thanks for sharing the how-to.

Funny Squirrel said...

Thanks. This is really a good idea!

heodeza said...

This is lovely!
So simple and so pretty... thank you for sharing!

Ine said...

wow!!!!
love it!!!
i think i have to make this for xmas:)

Cris M said...

Hi Pascale,

Your blog is sooooo nice! Thanks for sharing your crafts and days in such a beautiful way.

Warm hug from Buenos Aires,
Cris M

mandy said...

I love these simple baskets! What a great little pattern.

Frances said...

Your appreciation of minimalism is well-served and displayed in this design!

It's great that it can be made up in so many different materials. I can imagine that with a felt version, you could substitute a button, or some sort of embroidery stitch for the rivet. Or for holiday cards some sort of dazzling glittery something or other.

Merci! xo

bloglessanna said...

I love this! Just need to purchase some rivets and I'm away... Thanks for the tutorial.

jane said...

I love these! Thank you.:)

Mimii said...

Ooooooh I love !!

audrey couture said...

I love minimalism too, your work is so simple and essential...

Ella said...

Hi there! I really like this tutorial. I was wondering... where do you purchase your leather? Is there a site on the internet? Thanks!

xo, Ella

http://anoldfashionedgirlblog.blogpspot.com

AVY said...

Really cute :)

/Avy

http://mymotherfuckedmickjagger.blogspot.com

JTS said...

This is lovely. I am going to try it with felt. Thanks for sharing!

floortje said...

just one word...beautiful!

Elli said...

Absolutelly love it!!

Anna said...

these are so so beautiful! lovely.

cleartheway said...

I LOVE these.

Beth said...

These are SUPER cool.

Eszti said...

These baskets are adorable, thanks for sharing the how to!

Anonymous said...

was sad the template to download was asking for a purchased membership before it would let me :(

Pascale said...

Huh?! Are you sure about this? All my tutorials and templates are available for free...

Pascale said...

to @Anonymous:
1. I went back to Scribd: if you sign up for a (free) account you can download it without any problem, also for free...
2. the template is kind of straight forward, so you could try to make your own.
3. as said before: everything you find on my blog is available for free (though I'm wondering sometimes what I would have earned if I would have charged a small fee for every download or tutorial used - not much probably because people are only interested in what they can get for free...)

michel stong said...

I love this project. And I love your blog! A new find!

Anonymous said...

SIMPLICITY . . . "less is more" concept in the design of these leather baskets, ideal to keep anything and everything organized. I LOVE these! Thanks for sharing this tutorial. Sarah Helene in Minneapolis

Lydia Elbour said...

Jaime bcp
http://singulière.com/

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