SQ Book Review: Zigzag Rope Sewing Projects

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If you loved our recent fabric scrap rope bowl tutorial and are looking for even more rope sewing projects, we've got your back! I loved seeing all the creative versions of our rope bowl in the Suzy Quilts Patterns Facebook group!

That's why I can't wait to tell you about the new book Zigzag Rope Sewing Projects: 16 Home Accessories to Make with a Simple Stitch. This gorgeous book is full of simple DIY sophistication for the home that can be made with rope, thread, and any sewing machine. 

Keep reading to find out why we love this book and see examples of projects you can make yourself! 

This post is sponsored by The Mountain Thread Company. As always, all opinions are my own, and Suzy Quilts will never post a review we do not believe in wholeheartedly.

Read our review of the excellent new book "Zigzag Rope Sewing Projects" and get ready to learn a new fiber craft! #sewingdiy #ropesewingprojects suzyquilts.com

Zigzag Rope Sewing Projects is written by Katherine Lile, owner of The Mountain Thread Company, a North Carolina-based shop that specializes in coiled rope baskets and high-quality quilting cottons. And trust us when we say that Katherine knows what she's talking about — she's a 4th generation quilter and started sewing when she was in preschool! 

Katherine is the kind of shop owner you want to know. She's kind, personable, and patient. Even though I don't live in North Carolina, I've been able to see Katherine in action on her website where she has free rope basket tutorials! And the best part of Katherine's shop is that even though I'm not local, I can still shop online! I think her rope bowl kits are my favorite. 

Check out this adorable video all about her shop and how she developed the custom rope sold exclusively at The Mountain Thread Company which is perfect for home sewing.

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Read our review of the excellent new book "Zigzag Rope Sewing Projects" and get ready to learn a new fiber craft! #sewingdiy #ropesewingprojects suzyquilts.com

What You'll Learn

Everything. Literally. I can't emphasize enough that this book has every single tip and trick you'll ever need to become a master rope sewist in no time! 

Read our review of the excellent new book "Zigzag Rope Sewing Projects" and get ready to learn a new fiber craft! #sewingdiy #ropesewingprojects suzyquilts.com

Zigzag Rope Sewing Projects has over 40 pages of tips, tricks, and techniques before getting to the instructions for the 16 projects included in the book. You'll learn the ropes (literally) in a detailed section all about the variety of rope available for sewing. 

But that's not all! Katherine also covers your sewing machine setup, helpful tools, and dyes and paints that can be used on rope creations. I love the look of fabric scraps on a rope bowl so much that it never crossed my mind to dye a rope bowl. But the results are stunning! Look at that cute little pop of teal on the scrap bowl above! 

Read our review of the excellent new book "Zigzag Rope Sewing Projects" and get ready to learn a new fiber craft! #sewingdiy #ropesewingprojects suzyquilts.com

You'll also get instructions on how to start different shaped projects which you'll use in all of the instructions. Best of all, there's even a section on sewing machine troubleshooting when sewing with rope! 

Read our review of the excellent new book "Zigzag Rope Sewing Projects" and get ready to learn a new fiber craft! #sewingdiy #ropesewingprojects suzyquilts.com

What You'll Make

There are 16 projects with easy-to-follow instructions included in Zigzag Rope Sewing Projects, and each is the perfect addition to any crafty home. They also make fast and affordable handmade gifts! 

Read our review of the excellent new book "Zigzag Rope Sewing Projects" and get ready to learn a new fiber craft! #sewingdiy #ropesewingprojects suzyquilts.com

Do you think that rope bowls are flimsy? Think again! This Hanging Plant Stand is a stylish way to display your house plants! If you like the look of macrame, but don't want to actually make macrame, this is for you! 

Read our review of the excellent new book "Zigzag Rope Sewing Projects" and get ready to learn a new fiber craft! #sewingdiy #ropesewingprojects suzyquilts.com

Of course, I love the idea of decking out my sewing studio with timeless and chic rope bowls. What a cute way to stay tidy while sewing! Suzy Quilts team member Laura stores her fabric scraps in a small rope bowl just like this, but now she wants to make another and try dyeing it just like the scrap bowl above!

Read our review of the excellent new book "Zigzag Rope Sewing Projects" and get ready to learn a new fiber craft! #sewingdiy #ropesewingprojects suzyquilts.com

I'm always looking for a stylish way to carry my groceries, and this Colorful Market Tote is the perfect combination of sturdy, big, and cute! It's the perfect re-usable and sustainable farmer's market accessory.

Read our review of the excellent new book "Zigzag Rope Sewing Projects" and get ready to learn a new fiber craft! #sewingdiy #ropesewingprojects suzyquilts.com

These Speckle-Painted Drawer Organizers are perfect for organizing small things like pens, markers, or office supplies. How cute would these be for storing kids' art supplies? 

Read our review of the excellent new book "Zigzag Rope Sewing Projects" and get ready to learn a new fiber craft! #sewingdiy #ropesewingprojects suzyquilts.com

Raise your hand if you have fabric scraps! Don't we all? You probably have thousands of beautiful little scraps, and this book is full of ideas for rope sewing projects that are the perfect showcase for pops of your favorite colors and prints. Don't just make bowls — try out this Confetti Trivet!

Katherine even includes a helpful tip that if you plan to put hot dishes on rope trivets, you should be sure that all of your materials are 100% cotton because synthetic fibers can melt when exposed to heat. Such a helpful reminder! 

Read our review of the excellent new book "Zigzag Rope Sewing Projects" and get ready to learn a new fiber craft! #sewingdiy #ropesewingprojects suzyquilts.com

Why I Love Zigzag Rope Sewing Projects

If you only ever buy one book about sewing with rope, make it this one. I learned more than I ever thought I could know about sewing with rope after reading this book. Zigzag Rope Sewing Projects will quickly become your most trusted companion as you decorate your house (and your family's houses and all your friend's houses) in DIY rope creations! 

Make sure you join the Suzy Quilts Patterns Facebook group for a rope giveaway from Katherine and The Mountain Thread Company that will begin on Monday, October 10, 2022! 

What rope sewing projects do you want to make? Let us know in the comments! 

Read our review of the excellent new book "Zigzag Rope Sewing Projects" and get ready to learn a new fiber craft! #sewingdiy #ropesewingprojects suzyquilts.com
Read our review of the excellent new book "Zigzag Rope Sewing Projects" and get ready to learn a new fiber craft! #sewingdiy #ropesewingprojects suzyquilts.com

11 thoughts on “SQ Book Review: Zigzag Rope Sewing Projects

  1. Mary Lou HOFFMAN says:

    I think this will be an awesome new craft for my very crafty granddaughter and I to learn together. The nesting baskets intrigue us.

  2. B. J. Berlo says:

    I recently purchased Katherine’s book and agree that it’s probably the best book on rope sewing that I own! I’ve made well over a hundred of these bowls and now have info I never had before.

  3. Catherine Nava says:

    I learned how to make rope bowls with Catherine via her YouTube instructions and purchased a large bolt of rope. She’s a great instructor and the quality of the rope at mountain thread company is excellent.

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