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Stitched Tassel Coil Basket Makeovers

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It’s that time again! Time for the Thrift Store Upcycle Challenge! This time I found a cylindrical woven coil basket made from some type of natural fiber. Possibly African or Native American made, the jury is still out on this one. The other basket is a pretty popular one made from cording and is zig zag stitched with teal thread.

I knew right away the tall cylindrical basket needed some fun tassels, but the teal cording basket had me stumped. After much contemplating, I decided instead of painting the basket, I would play around with yarn to make a fun pattern.

I saw a corded basket similar to this one from Anthropolgie some time back that had white stitching. I added black and blue stitching to give it that great color pop! Both of these baskets are super easy to recreate. Here’s how I made them!

Coil Tassel Basket


  • Embroidery Floss: Dark Green, Light Green,  Pale Green, Peach, Bright Orange
  • Sharp Scissors
  • Large Eye Carpet Needle


Start by making the tassels. One skien of embroidery floss makes two tassels.

Tie two ends of the embroidery floss skein with a 7-inch piece of embroidery floss.

Tie off each end tied end with a small piece of matching floss.

Trim the center of the floss to separate the tassels. Trim tassel to the desired length.

Thread one end of the tassel string through a large carpet needle.

Thread both ends through the basket and tie in a knot on the inside. Repeat around the basket making each tassel the same width and height apart.

Stitched Coil Basket



  • Thin Yarn: White, Blue, Thick Yarn: Black, White
  • Sharp Scissors
  • Large Eye Carpet Needle
  • Floral Wire


The easiest way to thread yarn through a needle is to fold a small piece of floral wire across the yarn.

Put the ends of the wire through the eye of the needle and pull the yarn through it.

Start stitching the thin white yarn in a zig zag pattern around 1.5 inches apart. Repeat the yarn going around the basket 3 times. Tie off the knots on the inside of the basket.

To make the tassels:

Using a long piece of yarn put the needle through the basket 3 times. Leave the yarn slack and do not pull all of it through the basket. Create three loops of yarn.

Tie and knot a small piece of yarn around the top section of the loops.

Trim the ends. Repeat going around the basket.

Stitch the thick black yarn on top of the white zig-zag stitch. Stitch the thin blue yarn, thick white yarn, and thick blue yarn as a border to the top of the basket. Tie all knots on the inside of the basket.

I hope you liked my boho basket makeovers! Of course, my favorite is the tall tassel basket. The colors are so fun and funky! I have it on my entryway table for a little pop of color when you walk into the door! The stitched basket has a new home in my powder room!



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Now for more fun ideas from the Thrift Store Challenge!

The Rules:

  • Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
  • There’s no monthly theme.
  • There’s no budget to stick to.

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  1. I love how you added tassels to the container! Oh my gosh! So cute! I also love the colors you selected for them.


  2. Loooovvvvveee these! This has been on my to-do list for a while, and seeing your projects may have just bumped it up a bit!! Pinning & sharing!

  3. What a smart way to update baskets! I need to get busy making some tassels, I have never made a single one! Yours are always so pretty!

  4. These baskets are so cute now, I love the tassles, and how easy it was to make them perfectly with your little trick. The larger basket is awesome too, it made me look at one I have wondering if that would help jazz it up a bit :)

  5. This is so fun. I would have never thought to add tassels to baskets. You are so creative.

  6. Stop it!! I had no idea tassels would be tbat simple, and both of your containers are go-jus!!!

    1. Thanks so much! Glad you liked them and yes you can make small tassel super quick that way.

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