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Thread: How to make a coiled fabric basket using clothesline and strips of fabric

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    Thanks to you for the tute

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    Very well done -- thank you! :D

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    Your instuctions & pics are great.. TY for sharing!!

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    You did a great job on the tute. Thanks.

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    Thanks so much for this tutorial. I attempted to make one of these a few months ago...you're so right that it isn't a quick project as it might appear. AFter wrapping my clothesline, I began the machine work, but that's where it all fell apart for me; my machine misbehaved badly, so I finally gave up. The bobbin kept knotting up, causing the machine to "lock up." Reading your instructions makes me want to pull it all out and give it another try. By the way, your bowl looks really nice - thanks for taking the time to take all the photos and put this together for us!

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    Quote Originally Posted by karenm36
    Quote Originally Posted by karenm36
    Well, here's my first attempt at a tutorial. Please bear with me...there are over 40 pictures that show the step by step procedure so it's going to take awhile to upload all these pics!

    With each picture there will be a caption describing (as best I can) what is occurring in each step. Hopefully the pics and written instructions working together will make things pretty clear.

    Please note that this technique is NOT original to me by any means! I purchased the book, "It's a Wrap...Sewing Fabric Purses, Baskets, and Bowls" by Susan Breier and used her method for making this basket.

    Overall, I have enjoyed the 2 baskets I have made. I will probably make more but be forewarned...if you choose to make one, it will take time! This is not a "quicky" project. Now if you make something like a placemat or coaster the project won't take long, but if you want a nice basket that you would use for yourself or give to a friend, I do recommend taking your time and enjoy the process (though it's a bit tedious) because in the end, the results will be something that you will be really pleased with!

    Best of luck to all who decide to try this! blessings, Karen
    Well, after being moved to chit-chat this tute has now been returned to the tutorial section. (A thank you to whoever did this, I do appreciate this!) I will continue to add pics and instructions and hopefully if you are following this all the steps will be here as I just have to add them as an additional post and not as a "new attachment".
    Finishing up the tute...here's the rest of the pics and instructions for finishing the basket.

    This part was something I came up with on my own. I wanted a cover for the basket that could be used when needed and tucked away when not needed. I just took the remainder of my purple print fabric and finished the edges on both sides. Then I sewed the 2 ends together making a continuous piece. Anticipating using a drawstring of some sorts, then I made a narrow strip (finishing the edges as well) and sewed it onto this tube of fabric. (this narrow strip was left open at the seam as it will be the casing for the drawstring and this is where the string will be guided into the casing and come out on the other side)
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    Carefully pin the fabric to the inside of the basket making sure the gathers are as even as possible.
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    I used a contrasting thread to baste everything before placing it under the machine to sew.
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    Sewing the basket cover on making sure the fabric is to the RIGHT of your needle. You don't want it underneath the basket or it will cover your binding. You want it to be INSIDE your binding when it's done.
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    This is the basket with the fabric cover attached. Remember this is optional...you do not need to add this step at all.
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    The next step is to make a handle if you choose to. I made each handle out of 51 inches of covered clothesline. Once the clothesline was wrapped I then did a zigzag stitch to secure the fabric well.
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    I folded the clothesline in thirds and started creating the basic shape of it. Then stitched across it to secure everything before attaching it to the basket.
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    Pinned into place and then I sewed it onto the basket by hand. I also went through all three cords from side to side of the handle to form the handle into one piece.
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    Using thread you can see that I was able to sculpt the handle a bit, refining it's shape. I then embellished it with a yoyo, beads and another decorative ornament.
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    Close up of the handle. Now make another one to match.
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    Inside of the basket
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    The finished basket is about 8 inches across
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    The basket is about 6 inches tall excluding the handles.
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    The finished basket with all the extra bling added
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    Back of the basket. Originally, I wrapped some clothesline to make the drawstring but I decided it was too stiff and wouldn't wear well. So I just made a drawstring from some left over fabric from the basket...and it works much better.
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    Front with the cover in the up position in case someone wants to cover a lot of stuff! I have a light weight sweatshirt jacket in here just to hold it up...so you can see that this can hold a lot of stuff!
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    A picture of the finished product, please?

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    hummm on my to do list, very cute!!!

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    Karen,
    Thanks for the basket making information.
    Also, where did you find the little yellow buckets that you have on your peg board? I would love to have some.

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    Karen,
    Thanks for the basket making information.
    Also, where did you find the little yellow buckets that you have on your peg board? I would love to have some.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim's Gem
    It won't let you click "Add New Attachment" any more??? You could add them as a new post on this same thread if it won't let you add immediately after the others.
    That's what I discovered...once you start adding you have 60 minutes to "add new attachment" then it times out. But you can add an additional post...then it starts timing again and you have another 60 minutes to "add new attachment" to the new post before it times out yet again. I finally got it done! lol! Took nearly 3 hours but I hope it's worth it for the ones that want to try to do this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dtippens
    I like this... But I have a question.
    Can you use this to make a rectangle rug?
    I know you can make an oval basket or a square or rectangular one by changing the shape of the center of your project. It seems you could do a rug...but depending on the size of it would it be kind of cumbersome under your machine?...unless you had an extension to your table to support it. I don't really know how to answer your question. As it's said...there's one sure way to find out...try it! ;-)

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    THANKS

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    This is fabulous. The most gorgeous fabric basket that I've seen. Looks like a lot of work but the end product is well worth it. Might give this a try some day. Thanks for your diligence in posting the tutorial.

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    Very pretty colors. Thanks for taking the time to share this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maggiemay
    I've seen the couple of baskets you've made & they are great. I am looking forward to seeing the rest of this! I don't understand why it was moved out of Tutorials either.

    Just to let you know...this has been moved back to tutorials.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaryKatherine
    Any special pressure foot?
    Walking foot?
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    I did this without my walking foot...just a regular pressure foot. It is important though to check your tension! It may have to be adjusted. I found that the thread was too loose initially on the back side and the tension had to be adjusted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peabee
    moved to chit chat? ok.......

    i'll look for you there, i've had a problem with building up the walls. really need help!
    Just to let you know it was moved back to tutorials. Hopefully you can figure out how to build up your walls. It's important that you lift the base on the left side of the needle and keep it up in that position the entire time you are sewing. You can't let it down or it will flatten on you and you'll lose your shape. I highly recommend the book by Susan Breier, "It's a Wrap" because her instructions are very clear and helpful as to how to make these.

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    Good job. You are a very talented lady. Thanks so much. :thumbup:

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    Thanks for the great tute! I have the book I just haven't done one yet. If I made coasters or placemats, do you think they could get washed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SueDor
    Thanks for the great tute! I have the book I just haven't done one yet. If I made coasters or placemats, do you think they could get washed?
    I believe you can spot clean them but I wouldn't recommend washing them in the machine. I think they would lose their shape. The author does say that if spot cleaning doesn't work you can hand wash it in cool water with a gentle detergent and then rinse thoroughly. Air-dry after reshaping. Also, avoid placing the fabric projects in sunlight because they will fade over time.

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    You've created a work of art! Such grand ideas for decorating your project.

    Beautiful! And thanks for the tute ... you did a great job!

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    Oh, I'm putting this on my list of todo's. Thanks so much for the tut. When I saw your basket the other day, I was hoping you'd put a tut on here. Thanks.

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    Thank you for the tute. Im anxious to try this and hopefully you will get the next pix loaded. Your work is great too. Also what kind of foot are you using?

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    Beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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