Stitching baskets and bowls out of cotton clothesline are a popular project. See how it's done here!
What You Need:
- Quarter-inch cotton clothesline
- 90/14 needle
- Open toe foot
- Zig-zag 5 to 5.5mm wide and 2 to 3mm long
How to Stitch a Rope Bowl
Completely unravel the clothesline and place in a basket or bowl on the floor in a loose pile.
- Roll the end of the clothesline inward a few times into a circle and pin in place.
- Sew a top-stitch across the top.
- Use a zig zag stitch for the rest of this project. (I set the length on 4, the width on 5 and tension on 3.)
- Place the circle under-and to the left of-the presser-foot.
- Sew the two outer layers of clothesline together while rotating counter-clockwise.
- Pinch those two outer layers of clothesline together and continue to sew while rotating in a counter-clockwise direction. (At this point, you may feel more comfortable to speed up.)
- Once you have reached the desired diameter, begin to guide the bottom of your basket upwards toward the sewing machine.
- Sew until desired height, but still leaving plenty of slack left to use at the remaining end of the rope.
Adding a Handle
- Place your hand in the space between the top of the basket and loose rope to mark (or pin) your handle.
- Measure halfway across and also pin so the second handle is evenly placed.
- Leave gap for handles and-very slowly-begin to zig-sag stitch again, use your index finger and thumb.
- Do this until you reach desired height and/or almost run out of rope.
- Tuck loose end of rope inward and sew into place.
Wrapping Up the Finish
- Sew until desired height and with enough rope leftover to round the top of the basket halfway.
- Roll end into a tight circle and zig-zag stitch together in the same fashion as you have been doing for the basket.
- Hot glue or fabric glue circle to side of basket.
Thank you, Natalie!
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Sew Inspired by Bonnie