Hello everyone! I’m traveling again…enroute to the cottage for the summer, via Edmonton where we’re helping our daughter get set up in her first home! That’s fun enough for one post but we’ll leave it for another day, shall we?
Obviously I haven’t been able to make anything scrappy for today’s post, but I have a number of recently finished projects I’ve been wanting to show you and waiting for just such a time as today.
It’s a sewing project and it’s typically called Wrapped Clothesline Bowls/Baskets/Bags. I tried my first one earlier this spring with my visiting Canadian girlfriends and was good and hooked! I’m not going to get into the how, other that to say it’s simple. Wrap strips of fabric around some cotton clothesline cord and zigzag stitch them together to create a bowl. Or a basket (if it has handles). Or a bag. But if you would like to try this yourself, there are lots of ideas on Pinterest that will lead to better tutorials than I could write.
This was my first effort and I think it turned out pretty cute for being a trial run. I figured out a few things on this bowl that I needed to know to continue.
Then I started on this one. It comes from one piece of batik dyed fabric! Crazy, how many different colors are in here! I started sewing the base without really knowing what I wanted it to become.
Eventually it turned into this, which was a pleasant surprise! I did add the last 3 rows with a different (predominantly blue/green) color set.
Well now I was rolling along like a house on fire! Mostly, I was just trying to think up projects to use the fabrics I’d bought when looking for a nice simple fabric for the first bowl!! I get like that. All overboard right from the get go.
So I saw this fun monster “trivet” design on Pinterest and recognized what an entirely needful thing it was! Decorative AND functional! It sits on our dining room table now and has served it’s purpose admirably already!!
(I sprayed it, both sides with Scotchguard to ensure easy clean up).
Next came a set of 3 nesting bowls. I have absolutely NO idea what for or where I’ll use them. They may well end up a gift for someone, but I saw the fabric in the store and HAD to make these.
This next item is actually not quite finished. Sometime this summer, my son is going to add some dark leather handles to the top and it will be a (small) basket for towels at the lake. It’s about the size of a small wastepaper basket and is surprisingly sturdy! Most of the basket is sewn with the raw clothesline cotton, with just a few rows of the fabric wrapped clothesline.
The tricky thing about these baskets is often the finishing off. I quite like this method of just tying a big ol’ knot and calling it a day.
And finally, a rainbow bag!! I found all these fun pieces of batik fabrics at the quilting store and just had to create this. It pleases me greatly…. just the array of colors and besides that, it’s a hardworking bag too. Toting all manner of books and snacks and fun stuff halfway across the nation already.
Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed this little departure from paper crafts.