Dorothy Oliver and Loes Snoodijk
To make a moses basket you will need:
Brown canvas, one piece for basket 5 1/2 inch x 5 1/2 inch or 140 x 140 mm.
Strands pulled from canvas for plaiting, 10 inch or 260 mm. in length, to make handles and top edging for basket, the leftover canvas can be used to make other projects, keep any leftover strands as they will come in handy.
PVA glue mix, 1 part glue to 2 parts water
Small pot to put the glue in
Babyshampoo bottle, cover with cling film as this will make it easy to get the canvas of.
Pair of scissors
Wet the canvas with the glue mix. Squeeze out as much as you can.
Moulds over bottle, hold in place with rubber band. Pull canvas though and smooth out. Put in a warm place to dry.
When dry remove canvas from bottle and cut carefully to shape,
Make plait with 9 strands (9x3),
Glue on handles with PVA glue (full strength). Then glue plait around top edge of the basket.
You can finish the basket in your own way, it looks good lined with fine fabric and narrow braid inside top edge or trim with lace for more frilly effect.
Cut a piece of fleece like fabric for mattress (size of bottlebase).
Make a cover from crape bandage, carefully pull out threads from around the edge and middle to make a pattern, put a small blob of glue at corners to stop it from fraying.