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

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    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

    Fabrics chosen for basket.
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    After washing and pressing the fabric I cut 1/2 inch wide strips
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    You can see here that I cut about 5-6 strips of each color. (I cut more for the base color)I wasn't sure how much I would use but I did end up using most of the strips. I have then laid out in the order that I thought they would look good in the basket.
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    This is the clothesline that I purchased from WalMart. At my store it was 2.88 per package. This basket and handles...required about a package and a half. The author recommended a cotton clothesline but I could not find it in the stores in my area. This was soft enough for my machine and firm enough to give the basket some strength.
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    I trimmed the end of the clothesline and put it about 1/4 inch from the end of the strip of fabric. I'm using a fabric glue to secure it but the author used a glue stick.
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    Added a dab of glue and folded the end over
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    Added another dot of glue and folded the end over again to secure the end of the clothesline well.
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    Now to start the process of wrapping the line with the strip at an angle. Wrap at an angle so that each wrap covers the edge of the previous fabric. Keep wrapping in the same direction throughout the course of your project.
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    Wrap the clothesline for about 8 inches then stop momentarily to sew a straight stitch down the center of the clothesline for about 5 inches to secure everything well. This will be what you use to make the coil for the center of the basket.
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    This is the clothesline after it has been wrapped with one strip of fabric.
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    This the the center of the basket. Starting with the end of the wrapped line, coil it tightly until it's about 2 inches in diameter. You may have to pin or baste it to keep it tight. Then sew (with a straight stitch) an x across the coils to secure it tightly. Keep the tail of the coil to the right of the needle. Once, you've sewn the x then you will change your settings to a zig zag stitch. The ideal zig zag stitch is about 1/4 inch wide. Start in the center and work your way around slowly in a circle. The very start of it is more difficult. Don't worry, as the base grows, it's easier to zig zag around.
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    Once I decided the size of the base, then it was time to start building up the side. This is done by angling the base in one of 4 positions. The first position creates a gradual transition from the base coil to the sides. This is done by sewing a row with your fingers just under the base...not lifting the base as yet. Angled position 2 creates a sharper transition. Your will lift the base coil (with the base under the presser foot) up about 2 inches or so from the bed of the machine. Angled position 3 creates a basket with slightly angled sides. This is done by lifting the base more...till it touches or nearly touches the vertical side of the machine.
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    See the tape on the base? This marks the spot where I will change fabrics so it's all done on one side of the basket.
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    Thanks!!!

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    Karen, thank YOU so much for taking the time to do this tutorial! I am definitely going to give this a try. :)

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    Very interesting technique!

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    Please bear with this tutorial. It has timed out and I'm waiting for a response from the administrator to see if there is anyway I can continue adding pics without starting a new post...which I think would be confusing to some. Also it was moved from tutorials to general chit chat...don't understand that but at least that's where you can find it.

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    I can't wait to try this!

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    You're doing a great job, pics are Very helpful!

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    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.

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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.
    good idea.

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    Thanks for the tutorial!!

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    I saw a tutorial on another website about 3 years ago and so far I have made 4. Lots of fun to make.

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    Dang, I was really into this, I hope they let you continue this as a tut, it's so helpful. I would love to make one someday soon. Thank you.

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    I like this... But I have a question.
    Can you use this to make a rectangle rug?

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    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.

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    Thank you so much for the tutorial :D:D:D

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    Thanks for the tute. I loved the pic of your basket that I saw yesterday! Might have to try this one myself.

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    Any special pressure foot?
    Walking foot?
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    How can we save these tutorials so that we can work on them at another time. Is there an archive of tutorials we can access.? I want to try this but am in the middle of a big project right now.

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    Bookmark it!
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    moved to chit chat? ok.......

    i'll look for you there, i've had a problem with building up the walls. really need help!

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    As you can see from my avatar, I like making these too. Be careful, you will become addicted. I use up all of the left - overs from my quilts to cover the rope.

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    I found cottom clothes line at the Dollar General store.

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    good tutorial!!! I've got this particular project on my to-do list...someday, lol

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    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".

    Once you get to within an inch or two of the uncovered clothesline, stop your machine with the needle in the down position and resume wrapping the line with fabric strips. If you find this too cumbersome, it is possible to remove it from the machine, wrap some line and then return it to your machine. The important thing is to remember at what angle you are tilting your basket so that it continues the shape that you are trying to give it.
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    Here you can see that I've got it at the position angle 3 where it's tilted as high as my machine will allow so that I can create the sides.
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    Another shot of how the basket is starting to emerge as I continue to wrap the clothesline and adding coils. I continue to keep enough pressure on the bottom of the basket to keep the angle 3 position.
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    You can see how the basket is taking a nice shape.
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    How to splice and add more line: Put the 2 ends together overlapping about 1-2 inches and sew together. Then you will carefully cut the knobby ends off that probably have hard glue on them from the manufacturing process. They have that glue on there so they don't ravel. At an angle, cut the end off. Then I quickly add a little bit of fabric glue and apply pressure so that it doesn't ravel.
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    This is where I wrap the cord to just before the joint and before I cut it at an angle.
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    Now I have cut the end of cord at an angle and applied a little bit of glue. I am ready now to wrap over this end. I will do the same on the other side of the joint when I get there. I do wrap a bit more tightly here so that I try to minimize the bump from joining the ends as much as possible.
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    This is what it looks like after the ends have been joined and wrapped. Just a slight bulge and still sews in just as easily when the coiling continues.
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    I have now resumed sewing since adding the new clothesline to the end of the first one. At this point I wanted the basket to curve more so I've had to apply even more pressure to keep it up and angled as much as possible toward the machine. You'll discover that the shape of your basket may in part be determined by the bulk of your machine that's to the left of your needle. Fortunately, the basket is pretty flexible and can be gently pushed to get as much angle as possible.
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    Just a little comic relief here...lol! My DH saw the basket and immediately thought it made a cool hat! HA!
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    Now that I've got the basket the size that I want it I decided that I would bind it. (They don't have to have a binding added but since I figured this basket would likely get a lot of wear and tear, I decided to add the binding. BTW, before adding the binding...a word about tapering off the clothesline to finish your basket. You will anticipate doing this a few inches before the tape that is already on your basket marking where you change colors. You will end the clothesline at this spot as well. Starting just before the tape mark, gradually trim the clothesline along the length at an angle to reduce the bulk. Apply glue to the wrong side of the fabric strip and wrap the remaining clothesline very tightly until you are wrapping only fabric. Trim off the excess fabric. Hold the tail tight against the basket and using a stick or something like this, zigzag stitch it in place.
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    To make a double binding, Cut a 2 inch strip of fabric and make it the length of the circumference of the basket plus about 6 inches. Make a 45 degree angle cut on one end and fold and press 1/4 inch of the angles end to the wrong side. Fold the binding in half lengthwise and press. (Refer to pic just before this one to see what this looks like). Once you've made this, you will align the raw edge of the binding to the upper outside edge of your basket. I started mine at the place where I changed all my fabric strips so that all that area would be considered the back of the basket. Starting about 3-4 inches from the end, straight stitch 1/4 inch from the edge.
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    Sewing the binding on.
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    Tuck one end into the end that has the 45 degree angle. Trim a little if need be to reduce bulk then finish sewing.
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    The binding is on. Now I will hand sew it on to the inside to finish it. Do this like you would on any binding for any quilt.
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    Book marked it:)

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