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Fabric Basket Fun

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Category Sewing
Type Accessory
Sizing Unisex
Style Casual, Traditional, Hipster, Preppy, Classic
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What was your source for this sewing project? Improvisational

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What materials did you use? 1/4" Cotton Clothesline Rope, 1" strips of fabric.

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What are you most proud of? I was inspired by Susan Breier's book, "It's a Wrap" loaded with inspirational photos of baskets made from wrapping cotton strips around 1/4" cotton clothesline rope, and sewing the fabric wrapped rope together round and round with a zig-zag stitch. Be prepared to use a heavy duty sewing machine needle 16/100. I use serger thread in both the upper and bobbin because this project is a thread eating monster. I used a dab of glue stick to join one strip of fabric to the next strip as I wrapped and zig-zagged round and round. To begin, you wrap fabric around 5-6 inches of rope and coil it into the size of a silver dollar. medallion. Straight stitch across the diameter. Rotate 90 degrees and straight stitch across the diameter. These two straight stitch lines form an "X" across the coiled fabric medallion--holding it secure. Change to zig-zag stitch, and continue wrapping fabric around the rope about 6 inches, then zig-zag and you will watch it grow larger and larger. Once you are satisfied with the size of the base of the basket, begin to lift the base upward as you continue to wrap rope and zig-zag (see photos). It's----it's magical! This basket was made from a 100 ft. roll of 1/4" cotton clothesline rope that I purchased at a farm and fleet store here in Wisconsin. The 100 ft. roll was under $6. This type of project can be a scrap buster with a little bit of effort. I'm going to continue to sew baskets this week and experiment. The finished basket I made has a base diameter of 10" and the height of the basket is 8". I made a coil decorative handle and handsewed it to the basket with heavy duty upholstery thread $2.79 at Hancock Fabric.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? I don't have a sewing machine tabletop extension, so I improvised using magazines, and a roll of fabricfor support as I started to lift the base and build the side walls. Works like a dream. By the way, 2 strips of fabric = one drink coaster. I made lots of coasters and love them. I also made some huge table platters. Great gifts. Hmmmmmm, I wonder if I could make a rug???????

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Yes.. I do like it and thank you for replying. I've loved these basket for awhile now and want to make some. My sewing room is all packed up right now and I'm hoping that we get it done soon!!! maybe after the holidays I'll be able to sew again. Love to look at your things in the mean time!!!!

10/23/2013 Flag

Hi Bagabon. You are such a dear. I'm cheering you on--to get your sewing room ready. Go Bagabon. Go Bagabon.

10/23/2013 Flag

I don't get to Wild Rose often, a couple of years ago I went for a wedding. I love the area and of course all the wild roses that bloom along the roads. I made a basket yesterday, your way. So much easier. I used hand dyed fabric and today I get to embellish it with some fun things. Do you sell your buttons? I would love to get some. These baskets are so fun. I want to use them in the bathroom for rolled wash rags. How do you use yours. I'll post it when complete.

10/24/2013 Flag

Hi 4bird2. Great to hear from you. I am excited about seeing your basket with hand dyed fabric. Way cool stuff. I plan to sell them at an event last part of November. However I love love your idea to use them in the bathroom for rolled wash rags. Clever, very clever idea.

10/24/2013 Flag

Wow!!! I can't wait to try this!

10/25/2013 Flag

I love the basket you made. I am very excited about trying it myself. Have you by chance washed one? I am wondering if it will retain its shape or would it have to be stuffed and left to dry?

10/25/2013 Flag

Hello Lori. These fabric baskets CANNOT be washed by machine because they will unravel with that type of agitation. However, If you need to spot clean, use a bit of hand soap on a semi-damp wash cloth. Tip: if you are displaying food in a basket, line it first with a cloth napkin to absorb oils. Cleaning Tip: If you live in a winter climate, take you basket outside and use fresh powdery snow sprinkled on your basket, then shake the basket a bit to remove the snow. Put your snow cleaned basket in a dry spot in your house on a towel, allow to air dry. During the warm climate months, just take your basket outside, and slap it with your hand to disburse dust particles that may have accumulated. Best wishes on your basket project. Sincerely, Shoestring.

05/31/2014 Flag