(Disclaimer: This blog may contain affiliate links. At no extra cost to you, I may make a small commission from your purchase through these links.) Deerwood + Jones is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to www.amazon.com .)This is one of my favorite DIY projects ever. I love natural looking fibers, and decorating with braided rope adds warmth and texture to a room as well as reinforcing the earthy decor vibe we have displayed throughout our home. Aesthetics aside, the process of making these baskets is downright mesmerizing once you get the hang of it.
Items needed for this project:
Sewing Machine (I use a Spiegel SP3201 Sewing Machine, but it's been out of stock for months. Here is a link to a comparable machine that I would be comfortable reccomending.)
100 ft. Cotton Clothesline
4. You will want to use a Zig Zag stitch for the rest of this project. See the picture directly above to review my sewing machine's settings.
5. Place the circle under-and to the left of-the presser-foot.
6. Very slowly, sew the two outer layers of clothesline together while rotating counter-clockwise
7. Once you have sewn a few more outer layers, place your thumb against the right side of the circle and your index finger on the next outermost layer.
8. Pinch those two outer layers of clothesline together and continue to sew while rotating in a counter-clockwise direction. (At this point, you may feel more comfortable to speed up.)
(Helpful tips: As your circle becomes larger, you can make coasters, trivets or even place mats using this same technique. You will need to hold your circle level with the sewing machine as it begins to overhang so that it remains flat.
When making a basket, you will need to decide the diameter before moving onto the next steps. The two baskets that you see in the title picture have bottoms with 5" and 8" diameters. The less narrow, the less tall the basket will be unless you add a 2nd package of clothesline. )
9. Once you have reached the desired diameter, begin to guide the bottom of your basket upwards toward the sewing machine. You may mark your place with a pin or clothespin to be more methodical. I found it easier to just intuitively guide the bowl upwards increasing it more and more as I sewed.
10. As the bowl moves upward, you should replace your thumb with your middle finger and continue to pinch the two outer layers of rope together while you stitch.
11. Sew until desired height, still leaving plenty of slack left to use.
12. Place your hand in the space between the top of the basket and loose rope to mark (or pin) your handle.
13. Measure halfway across and also pin so the second handle is evenly placed.
14. Leave gap for handles and-very slowly-begin to zig-sag stitch again, use your index finger and thumb.
15. Do this until you reach desired height and/or almost run out of rope.
16. Tuck loose end of rope inward and sew into place.
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Natalie from Deerwood + Jones