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Rope Bowl / Tutorial

Hi friends,

For those of you that keep up with my work over on Instagram you might have noticed a few things other than quilts.... Rope bowls! Yes I know so completely random but I swear to you, keep reading - it's worth it!

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For those of you who are not familiar with these little zigzag stitched beauties, they are fast - pretty - and what my family and friends are receiving for Christmas this year.

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You can even add a label! I have a little stash of leather labels I bought from a seller on Etsy (cocosheaven), the extra little texture is so fun.

Materials needed:

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  • Natural Cotton 3/16 - inch rope
  • Thread - it can be contrasting to add a decorative look or stick with a cream or white to keep a consistent look (this is my favorite)
  • 1" strips of fabric to add a bit of color, this is wrapped around the rope while you are sewing
  • Sewing machine that does a zig-zag stitch
  • Heavy duty sewing machine needle
  • a piece of fabric or leather to cover the end (optional)

Video Tutorial:

Another option for covering up the end of the rope is to just cut it, and fold a small piece of leather over the end and straight stitch it down. I found this sample piece of hot pink leather that I had on hand, cut it to about a 1" x 2" piece. It adds a fun pop of color right?

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This last one has fabric wrapped around just the very top. You might have also noticed a slight color change on the rope, I started this one with cream and finished the last half with a light grey color thread.

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Thanks for stopping by today friends, I hope you enjoyed today's post and it inspires you to try out a new craft.  These bowls are super quick and paired with cookies, a candle or lotions would make a fantastic teacher's gift!

Happy sewing friends!


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I have been during rope bowls for years but you can always learn something new.
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hugh lawrence hall

Super simple instructions and FUN 🤩

Kathleen O'Flaherty

Great project. Thank you so much for the inspiration!

Beth W

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