This fabric scrap rope bowl tutorial is simple to follow and will show you how to make a beautiful decoration using leftover fabric! As crafters and sewers, having a stash of scrap fabric is inevitable. Most of us squirrel our fabric away, no matter how big or small.
There are just so many fun prints and beautiful textures out there! Why throw fabric away if it can be used in another project? Having leftover fabric scraps is a sewing rite of passage…but sometimes those bins overflow and it's time to siphon off a few pretty scraps from the top. Follow along with me to learn how to make a decorative fabric scrap rope bowl with pops of vibrant color from your scrap bin!
This easy rope bowl tutorial is a great way to use some scrap fabric and make cute and unique bowls for family, friends, and yourself. Whip one up as a gift basket for the next party or summer BBQ you attend. The host will love your handmade touch!
They are beautiful in any room of the house and immensely practical—what’s not to love? You can even easily adjust these rope bowls to be any size. Depending on your sewing skills, you might even be able to make one in 30 minutes, making them the perfect weekend project.
Recycling fabric into a rope bowl is also a creative way to keep scraps out of a landfill. Using what you have is an important step in sustainable quilting, so keep reading for this creative way to use scraps! You most likely have everything you need for this project already; however, if you don't have some simple rope, read below for my suggestions.
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Fabric Scrap Rope Bowl Supplies
This tutorial is for a fabric bowl of any size. The amount of rope you use determines how big or small your bowl will be. Once you start making your bowl, you can stop at any time or see how big you take it!
- Rope: 3/8 inch white cotton or polyester rope. You'll need at least 20 yards total to make three bowls like the ones shown in this tutorial.
- Scrap fabric: This project works best with long scraps, preferably the width of fabric (roughly 42"), but that is not required.
- Coordinating thread
- Jean/Denim Needle 100/16
- Binder clips or pins
Step 1: Cut Fabric Scraps
Cut 20 pieces of fabric to 1-1/2 inches by the WOF. Raid your scrap bin for leftover binding strips, the ends of yardage, or unused jelly roll strips!
Step 2: Secure the Bowl Center
Creating a fabric bowl starts with making sure the center is tightly secure. Roll the beginning of the rope into a coil and pin in place. Place the rope under the presser foot and lower the presser foot. Set the machine to a zigzag stitch and increase the stitch width to 5.5 - 6.0. That might seem wide, but it ensures the needle catches both sides of the rope.
Stitch forward and backward at the center, ensuring the entire center is stitched securely together. After making sure the center will not come apart, move on to sewing the bowl bottom. Use your left hand to guide the rope under the presser foot, making sure it doesn't shift under the presser foot. Use your right hand to hold the feeding rope up against the rope under the presser foot.
Step 3: Add Fabric Pieces to the Rope
Now that a good amount of the bottom is stitched, decide when to add the first fabric strip. Cut the top of the fabric strip at a 45-degree angle. Starting with the cut edge, wrap the fabric around the rope tightly.
Add fabric wherever you want to. That is the beauty of this project! You can distribute the material onto the rope for a fun visual that combines fabric and rope, or you can cover the entire cord with fabric. Let your imagination run wild!
Step 4: Shape the Bowl
Once the bowl bottom reaches a 6-7 inch diameter, it's time to start shaping the sides of the bowl. To do this, lift the diameter of the bowl against the sewing machine with your left hand. This will force the bowl to start bending the sides upward.
Continue sewing like this until the bowl is the height and depth you want it to be or until you run out of rope.
Step 5: Finish the Bowl
As you get closer to the rope's end, be mindful of how you want to finish the bowl. These bowls sew up quickly, so the possibility of you reaching the end before you realize it can happen.
To not be surprised at the end of your length of rope, fold the end in 4 inches and pin it. Continuing sew until you get to the folded rope. This portion of the basket needs to have the same reinforcement as the bottom. Continue sewing the rope to the edge of the bowl until you get to the bend. Reverse and sew backward to reinforce the stitches. Then sew forward again, closing the folded pieces of the rope.
Reverse the stitch again for added reinforcement. This little handle is going to be touched very often!
Step 6: Enjoy Your New Fabric Bowl(s)
Hooray!! You made a sustainable cute fabric bowl. How fun was that?!
Are you ready to make another? Yes, it's pretty addictive. Once you see how easy it is to make one, you will have the urge to make more. You can make them in any size and shape you like. Experiment and make flat pieces as well. They make excellent coasters! Who are you going to make a fabric scrap rope bowl for?