Make Your Own Rope Bowls

Turn woven rope into chic bowls using a standard zigzag stitch on your sewing machine. Dress up the plain rope by painting geometric designs in your favorite hues.
Rope Bowls

Rope Bowls

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Materials Needed:

  • white rope (approximately 11 yards of 1/4" cotton rope)
  • sewing machine with zigzag stitch
  • white thread
  • acrylic paint in desired colors
  • paintbrush

Make a Coil + Start Sewing

Take the end of the rope and make a tight coil. Using the zigzag stitch on your sewing machine, sew across the coil in both directions. This part can be a little tricky because the coil is so small. If it's too difficult, then make a bigger coil.

Sew the Rope Around the Coil

Starting on the side of one coil with the coil section on your left, use a zigzag stitch to sew the rope around the coil. As the sewing machine goes, twist the coil around to keep making it larger and larger.

Rope Bowls

Rope Bowls

Create Bottom of Bowl

Keep sewing and rotating the coil until you've made a large circle. This will be the bottom of your bowl.

Rope Bowls

Rope Bowls

Create Sides of Bowl

To create the sides of the bowl, hold the coil on its side and continue to sew. It will magically create the sides of the bowl as you sew.

Continue Adding Rope

Continue to add rope until the bowl is at the height you want.

Finish + Cut Rope

To finish, cut the rope 4 inches from the top of the bowl. Coil in the end of the rope into a small coil. Sew across the coil in both directions, just like you started the bowl.

Rope Bowls

Rope Bowls

Add Color With Paint

Now it's time to add some color. Use a small paintbrush and various hues of acrylic paint to create geometric patterns inside the bowls.

Rope Bowls

Rope Bowls

Store Crafts, Jewelry + More

Once dry, your rope bowls can corral craft supplies in your office, stow jewelry or contain little knickknacks around the house.

Rope Bowls

Rope Bowls

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