I have been busy playing in my quilting studio all week. I am in the middle of so many projects and I keep jumping from one to another. I did manage to get one thing done. At the BMQG retreat last weekend I watched Courtney demonstrate how to make a rope basket. I loved the idea, but I was too caught up in my quilt project, so didn’t make one until I got home.
I love it! Now I want to make more, more, more! I covered some cord with fabric and after a couple of experiments finally made one that I am very happy with.
I got the idea for the fabric covering from Carol McLeod of Aunties Two. She has a couple of youtube videos to show you how to cover the cord and how to shape your basket. I covered cord with 40 2 1/2″ strips that were sewn together on the short ends, which was enough for all three baskets.
Here is a photo of mine showing how I lined the cord up when zig zag stitching it together:
I used 1/4″ cotton cording for these fabric baskets, but I used 3/16″ cotton clothesline for my first basket, which can also be used for the fabric baskets.
The plane clothesline baskets go together quickly, so give it a try. It’s lots of fun.
Wow, they look so nice in color. I’ll definitely give it a try. Mine look very plain in comparison!
Elena, your baskets are works of art; no fabric needed!
Nice, Patrice! I planned on making one after the retreat but still haven’t. Is there a big difference between using the clothesline vs the cording?
The cord I used was not as substantial, so I would only use it for cloth covered baskets. The clothesline is fine for both. Hope you find some time for this; it was a lot of fun.