Sewing Rope Bowl Tutorial

I had several requests for a class to teach how to sew rope bowls. I am not offering a class (yet) but have the next best thing….

Sewing Rope Bowl Tutorial

Sewing Rope Bowl Tutorial

What’s even better is, I will teach you how to use pieces of rope to do it. I love being able to save these little pieces from the landfill, and give them purpose once again. My friend Liesl of Pioneering the Simple Life (among other things) sparked this newfound passion when I asked for rope, and she offered pieces that washed up on a local beach. I thought “Why not?!”, and gave it a whirl. And you know, the bowls I made with them are my very favorites.

Sewing Rope Bowl Tutorial

This is one of them, pictured above

The one I am showing you today was made from an old hammock! I had my girls unknot it (in exchange for extra media time). Some pieces are long and some are short, but they all are sturdy and work perfectly for this.

Sewing Rope Bowl Tutorial

After it was made, I set it in a shallow amount of navy blue dye. It bled up the sides and created this subtle ombre effect. I really want to play with this a whole bunch more.

Sewing Rope Bowl Tutorial

If I have piqued your interest, head over to Instructables, and check it out!

Trash into treasure

I put out a call for clothesline or cotton rope to make these rope baskets (and these) that I have been obsessing about making, in my local Buy Nothing Project FB group, and one of the founders of the group happened to have some. She actually found small pieces of rope that washed up onto the beach, and saved them. I loved that she collected them while cleaning up our beaches. YES!  So my task was to figure out how I could make them work, since usually these baskets/bowls take one continuous piece. It feels like magic turning trash into treasure.

Found beach rope turned into bowl

I grabbed some string I had, and wrapped it around two ends to connect the pieces, and it worked! Really that easy. I was amazed I got it on the first try. It gives them a primitive look, don’t you think?

Found beach rope turned into bowl

I had enough to make two small bowls.

Found beach rope turned into bowl

I did give the pieces of rope a quick wash before I began sewing them, but I am so happy they retained some of the quirky inconsitent colors. I think it adds to the charm of the bowls.

Found beach rope turned into bowl

Perfect size for some of my sewing notions.

Found beach rope turned into bowl

Here’s a close-up:

Found beach rope turned into bowl

Found beach rope turned into bowl

My favorite part of recycling/upcycling is you never know what treasure that trash can be turned into, until you try.

Found beach rope turned into bowl

I know our beach walks will definitely have a rope-hunting component to them from now on!

What trash have you turned into treasure lately?