Sewing Rope Baskets

Remember the change purses I made for teacher gifts? I never had the chance to show you the rope baskets I made for the end of the year teacher gifts. Now that things have quieted down, I can finally do that.

Sewing Rope Bowls

Sewing Rope Baskets

Sewing Rope Bowls

Sewing Rope Bowls

Sewing Rope Bowls

Sewing Rope Bowls

I absolutely adore making these. It is incredibly cathartic. You can see more of these here, here, and here. They make great gifts and you can create any size you want. I think my favorite kind, though, are made with found or recycled rope. Especially if they are stained. It adds such a cool look. So for this batch, I purposely spray painted them with watered down acrylic paint (like I used in my spray paint tutorial). For some of the baskets, I even used blue thread. Ultimately, I think I prefer the white thread, though.

I think for the next batch, I would like to try to make really large ones. Doesn’t that sound like fun?!

What is your most fun sewing project?

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?