Thursday, February 10, 2011

Coil wrapped fabric bowls

I had a happy little surprise when I went to make my coil bowl yesterday. I grabbed my clothesline to start wrapping, and realized it was already wrapped! The fabric was similar to the color of the clothesline and I didn't notice. lol. So, I got to sew right away. It's a very simple technique, not prim at all due to the sewing machine, but the bowls turn out ot be pretty sturdy and functional.

I decided to try adding handles to make it a little more interesting.

As you can see from this not-so-great photo, I ended up with a shape similar to a straw hat. Not by choice, however. I realized later, after I went to the library and took out the book again that describes this technique, that I was sewing it on the machine the wrong way, hence I couldn't get the height on the sides that I did when I made them the first time a few years ago.

The blue bowl and the green bowl are the ones I made a few years ago. They sit on my nightstand holding miscellaneous objects from my pockets, mostly loose change. I swear it multiplies in my pocket!

In this next picture you can see the wrapping on the blue bowl. Wrap, wrap, wrap, glue, wrap, wrap wrap.......for about 20-50 feet of clothesline.....then sew, sew, sew!

Very fun to make! The technique is described in the book "It's a Wrap!" by Susan Breier. 

I've got nothing on those of you who make real wood baskets, but I did enjoy making these. It's also a good way to use up scraps. 

Would these look great mixed in with your prims, or would the zig-zag stitch put you off?  Let me know what you think.  : )


Deppen homestead 1862 said...

I Like it looks so cute with the hearts in it!
Great job!

Mindy/Raymond Homestead said...

Those are really neat! I like them!

Julia said...

Lovely baskets. I had never seen baskets sewed on a sewing machine before. I suppos that it's the same as straw hats. Great job. JB

Rhodes Creations said...

You did very well. I'm Laura just stopping in. Saw your link at Colleens craft shed and wandered in. Trying to get to know different people in the blogging community as I'm new here and would love to get to know you ladies better. I love being creative and being inspired by you all. To God be the glory great things He hath done. Hope to see you at my blog. and I'm following you now. Good night! Laura