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Thread: Handbags made from fabric wrapped clothesline

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    Are there any topics on here about these or maybe someone knows how to make them??? They look awesome when they are done!

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    Go to the tutorials there was a thing about how to make rugs. Otherwise, google it.

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    I took a workshop to make a fabric bowl with clotheline. Same technique. It's very easy. Be sure the clothesline is the cotton one or you wont' be able to sew through it. You wrap fabric strips around the clothesline and then sew then start coiling the line sewing with a zig zag, You can control the flatness or the curve once you get to sewing.

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    OMG that sounds cool. I need to google it and take a look.

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    Here are some sites with directions for making bowls and/or purses. I have made several bowls and found them to be fun. I would suggest, if you like a more finished look to use bias strips and it cuts down on the "hairy" look. I use mine for thread and bobbins by my machine and to holders for flower pots.

    This one shows a small rug. You can try the technique and make trivets for hot casseroles
    http://natalieturri.com/2009/03/10/c...rag-rug-craft/

    This show how to form the bowl shape.
    http://mermaidspurse.blogspot.com/20...c-vessels.html

    This shows the how to make the handles and finish it.
    http://www.craftstylish.com/item/338...-a-fabric-bowl

    This site shows how to make bowls with lids. It is by Sulky Threads.
    http://usaapp.husqvarnaviking.com/ed...n/pdf/2701.pdf

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    I love these, the rug looks so cool, but I am sure it would take miles of fabric for that!
    OHsue

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    Hi,

    I haven't made a handbag with the wrapped clothesline, but have done a couple bowls. We had a class at our LQS and we used a book called "It's a Wrap" and it had bowls, placemats, purses, etc. in it. Great book and the directions are very clear and easy to follow.
    I like my bowls, use them for fruit or just for a catch all holder.

    It's fun to do. I sat and wrapped my clothesline at the lake sitting by the beach, got lots of questions as to what in the world I was doing! I had all kinds of answers, depending on who asked...LOL. My sister took some cut strips home and wrapped a couple packages of rope that I have to sew, she called and told me she was at the "end of her rope". Have fun!

    Bev

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    You could use lots of your scraps. This is a good project for some of those fabrics that you wonder why you ever purchased,, ie. uglies. It is amazing how different they look when made into coiled rope projects. The type of thread that is used can make a big difference on the look and add much to the design.

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    I've been teaching workshops on this same subject. Everyone loves them, and once you know the basis of it, you'll want to make many more. I discovered that by making a half a bowl, only 3 inches high, it is perfect on my husbands dresser to put his pocket collection in at nite time. I've been making 14" chair pads too. A width of fabric strip will cover about 12 inches of clothes line. Just be sure the clothes line doesn't have a metal/vinyl core. All cotton or synthec is best to work with. If you have too many threads in the finished product, a quick spray of fabric starch will make them settle right down. I usually snip them off. Oval or round, you decide with your first turn of the cording when you zig zag it together. It goes very fast.

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    On Sue Hausman's show she had guests who showed how to do this. This time they folded the strips in half, with the folds on the outside as you wrapped. No frayed edges if you do it this way, each time you wrap the cord, the folded edge covers the ragged edge.

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    I am glad this thread was started. I have the book, the clothesline and dare I say "enough scraps" but I just needed motivation, now you all have provided that. Thank you. Dixie in Alabama

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