I have lusted after these baskets (pictured above) all summer, but they are usually out of stock and also way above my budget (£270), so I thought I would create my own version of the Muzungu Sisters basket. It involved several evenings sitting making pompoms and tassels round the kitchen table but I can think of worse ways to spend my time.
I found the plain palm leaf shopping baskets online for £12.99 and £4.99 (I decided to do a mini one for Daisy too) and bought most of the wool on eBay. The rest of the trimmings I picked up at my local haberdashery store. Other essential items included craft glue and a darning needle. I also bought proper pompom makers on Amazon as I struggled to make them tight enough using a cardboard ring. I cannot recommend them highly enough. The whole lot came to approx £40.
I drew a plan of what I wanted and began by gluing my pompom trim along the top of each basket. I then glued on the mirrors and threaded the pompoms through, around each mirror, using the darning needed, tying the loose threads to each other inside the basket to keep the pompoms secure.
I found some gold sew-on decorations (the kind of packets you buy for children’s crafts) and threaded those on with matching gold thread, again tying the ends of the thread together inside the basket.
Obvioiusly, while I wanted my baskets to feel like a Muzungu Sisters basket, I didn’t want them to be a complete imitation, so I made some tassels (You Tube is brilliant for this), and threaded them around the basket handles.
So there are my pompom and tassel baskets, all ready for our holiday in the South of France next week, where I’m sure they’ll feel quite a home. Look out for them on my Instagram!