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Red Tambourine Basket

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Here are some details about my project:
Category Sewing
Type Home Decor
Sizing Other, Unisex
Style Preppy, Mod, Funky, Casual, Cute, Hipster
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What was your source for this sewing project? Improvisational

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What materials did you use? Three Flavors of Cotton Batiks: Red/Orange, Purples, Gray Green. 100 ft. of 1/4" diameter Cotton clothesline rope. Decorative Beads, Brown Hemp Twisted Cord, Dark and Tan Upholstery Handsewing Thread.

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What are you most proud of? I'm fascinated by the process of wrapping 1" strips of fabric around a 1/4" diameter cotton clothesline rope, forming a coil and zig-zag stitches to join rows. I'm experimenting with different sizes of baskets. The diameter of this basket is 15". I don't think I could handle anything bigger than this. Bigger is pretty, but bigger presents its own problems. A large basket like this one has noodley side walls. Too much flex. The problem was: when I picked it up--the round shape deformed and I had to straighten it with my hands to re-create its true roundness. TIP: To remedy the floppy side walls, I hand-sewed hemp cord around the circumference, to lasso and firm up the side walls. I stitched the hemp cord in place at intervals and decorated each interval with a small decorative bead. See photos. I used a tough dark tan upholstery thread for the handstitching. The big red tambourine is done. Let's start the party!

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Give this project a try, and remember the tip to stiffen the side walls with a decorative cord and beads. It takes a day to sew, but it is worth it. Best wishes. Mrs. D (Shoestring) Project #120

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What stitch did you use to sew the rows together? Your color sense is lovely.

11/02/2013 Flag

Hi there Perk4me. I use a regular zig-zag stitch, and a 16/100 heavy duty sewing machine needle.

11/03/2013 Flag

These are fabulous. I've got to try one. I love your colors.

11/02/2013 Flag

Hi Sizzlewaggle. I know you will have fun sewing these baskets.

11/03/2013 Flag

What an amazing creation, I love it! So busy with other things at the moment but come the spring I will be definitely trying one of these. Thank you for sharing this!

11/07/2013 Flag

I'll try to get time this week to photograph a couple of them...your cloth baskets are incredible:)

11/08/2013 Flag

The hemp & bead "fix" just added that much more to the pretty bowl. Love it!

04/18/2016 Flag