Today my friend Zoe is popping over to do a super fun guest post on how to make a rope basket. Thanks for sharing your skills with us, Zoe!
Hello to all my friends here in Mavis’s corner of the web!
How to Make a Rope Basket
Choose fabric scraps and rope. I use quilt cotton weight fabrics as that’s mostly what I have. Anything fairly lightweight will work. Heavier fabrics will get too bulky.
For rope, I really like cloth wash line. It’s sturdy but not extremely thick, which is necessary to fit under the machine’s presser foot. Piping also works. Keep in mind that the thinner the rope, the more yardage will be needed to make a bowl.
For a bowl about 8 inches in diameter you’ll need 8-10 yards of rope.
Want another thrifty tip?
- I’m all about using up what I have to save it from the landfill!
- If you have selvages left after cutting, save those for the kids to use as string in all their various projects.
Choose a strip to begin with. This will be the center of the bowl bottom. Hold it in your hand at an angle and lay the rope on with the end of the rope being in the center of the end.
Time to begin sewing!
Another way to make the sides straighter is to keep tension on the rope as you are sewing. The harder you pull on it, the straighter the sides.
I enjoy watching the sides begin to grow!
If you run out of bobbin thread, just reload it and start again. Backstitch!
If you’d rather not sew but enjoy cooking, you can always sample my recipes over at my blog. Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day!
Here are some more of Zoë’s amazing tutorials: