Even felines are interested in this charmingly shot and narrated tutorial on making a minimalist-chic basket with metallic thread, clothesline, and a Singer. That's it. http://onmyhonoriwilltry.blogspot.com/2012/01/cotton-clothesline-baskets.html
Basket: How to make a coiled basket. Cotton clothesline wrapped in hemp twine or maybe raffia. Can wax it for protection and a little waterproofing. Also, consider adding very modern metal purse feet to the bottom? The basket will be used at a lot of outdoor events, plopped into the dirt, etc.