Monday, January 16, 2017

Rope Bowls - A Fun Little Gift Project

The trouble with Instagram is that I stumble upon cute craft projects that I might not see otherwise. Enter my new obsession of crafting with cotton clothesline rope. In a matter of a few hours, while watching some tv, I can make a cute little gift like this:


It's a great way to use those favorite little fabric scraps that are too small to use in a real project but you can bring yourself to actually throw them out. I used this tutorial here in case you're interested in trying this yourself.

I needed a way to hide the unfinished end of the bowl so I just folded over a piece of fabric with my label on it. It's not perfect but it got the job done.


I gifted this bowl to one of my neighbors but I liked it so much that I had to make another one for me to keep. I used some of the fabric scraps that are in my Turquoise Facets quilt.

 

This time I finished the bowl off using the same decor weight fabric that I used for my dining room placemats. 


I like the look much better, however, I need to be more aware of where the end is in relation to the last bit of woven fabric. I don't like the way it covers part of it up, especially since it's one of my favorite fabric scraps. I plan on making some of these as gifts for my son's teachers, using their favorite colors. I also want to make some coordinating coasters for my living room.

15 comments:

  1. I have to admit that the bowls look like a lot of fun to make, and I am intrigued by the coaster idea, too. Your solution for hiding the end with your tag is fantastic. Do you have much control over where the rope ends or are you using a pre-determined length of rope?

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  2. My concern is breaking needles while sewing. It just looks like that could be a problem. That and keeping a even curve as you go up the bowl.
    Any advice?

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  3. I am liking that you have the splashes of colour on the bowl and lots of white rope looks so good

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  4. Cute gift! I have seen this demoed at local quilt shows but I think it's the kind of thing I would have trouble keeping neat as I go. Yours look lovely! I like the trick of using your labels to hide the ending seam.

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  5. Cute bowls! I like how your placement of fabric pieces enhance the overall appearance.

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  6. These are fantastic! I bought some clothesline rope in December and haven't played with it yet. But it is on my list. Love these Diana!!

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  7. They look delicious~was it hard to muscle around? I really want to try to make these...

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  8. This bowl looks great Diana. I've never seen one where it is mostly clothesline and small bits of fabric. It's a nice modern look.

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  9. I like your version, cute idea to hide the ends with little fabric tabs.

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  10. This is beautiful! I love the idea of having matching coasters! (Immediate Jeni Baker coasters moment!) the hubs likes it too👍

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  11. I am totally in love with these bowls! Especially one just like yours with bits of fabric added! I swear I'm going to try this...thank you for the link!

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  12. What a clever idea to add intermittent bits of color. I've seen plain rope and fabric-covered rope but this is delightfully different. Congratulations on both. I can see why you'd want one yourself. I do.

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  13. Rope bowls are definitely on my to-try list, your's looks so good and genius idea for covering the join!

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  14. Aren't they great to make? I haven't tried any with fabric scraps but they are on my to do list.

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