Use a couple of pins to secure the ends of the strip so that it doesn’t come loose. If it does loosen (don’t worry, that will happen right away if it does), start over and be sure to wrap with a longer overlay fold, around four inches.
Continue wrapping the fabric, making the cord grow longer and longer with the fabric wrapping. Be sure to pull the fabric tight so it is not loose. You want it to hold in place. When you get to end of the strips, grab three more.
As you did at the beginning of the cord, wrap the new fabric strips around the cord, covering the ends of the first strips. Continue wrapping until you have used all of the fabric strips. You will now have a very long piece of cord wrapped in fabric.
Continue up the sides until you have reached the desired basket height. If you want your basket to have handles, follow these steps. Using your needle and thread, very securely loop around where you want your first handle to start, going over the same spot, securing it into place at least five times.
When you reach the end of the eight inches or desired handle length, bring the loop back to the basket and secure into place by wrapping the thread and needle around and around in the same spot at least five times. Once you have secured both handles in place, it is time to start finishing off the basket.
Wrap the fabric back around the end of the cord, completely covering it. Take the loose fabric strip ends and thread through the top two spirals. If your basket is nice and tight, like it should be, you may need to use a knitting needle or some other pointed object to force the fabric through.