How to Make a Coiled Fabric Bowl

Wrap colorful fabric strips around rope and coil them into this playful bowl.

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Amy Wallace of Cincinnati demonstrates how to make a bowl out of assorted fabric strips and rope.

Materials Needed:

  • 3/8" to 5/8" thick rope, 5 to 6 feet long
  • 5 patterns (or more) of 100 percent cotton quilting fabric (print or hand-dyed)
  • glue gun
  • hot glue sticks
  • mercerized cotton thread
  • tapestry needle
  • scissors
  • 4 colors of polymer clay
  • clay cutting blade
  • pasta machine (dedicated to polymer clay)
  • toaster oven
  • paper towels
  • large nail
  • small bead

Steps:

1. Cut five (or more) strips of assorted cotton fabric approximately 1 inch wide.

2. Apply a dab of hot glue on one end of a rope.

3. Press the end of one fabric strip to the glue and wrap it around the rope to cover the rope end fibers. Let dry.

4. Wrap the fabric around the rope, keeping the fabric flat and covering the layer underneath. Don't allow any rope to be exposed. It is not necessary to glue as you wrap.

5. At the end of the first piece of fabric, apply a dab of hot glue to the rope where the fabric strip ends to anchor the first piece.

6. Apply a new dab of hot glue to the end of the first piece of fabric and attach a second piece of fabric. Continue to wrap the fabric around the rope until you get to the end and secure with hot glue.

7. Continue adding pieces of fabric strips until you have covered a 5 to 6-foot piece of rope. Cut the end of the rope with scissors. Coat the end with hot glue. Let dry.

8. To coil the rope into a bowl shape, use a heavy duty tapestry needle and thread it with a long double strand of mercerized cotton crocheting thread. Start with about 10 feet of thread. Begin with the blunt end of the wrapped rope and fold over about 1/2 to 3/4-inch, depending on the rope's flexibility. Allow up to about an inch if needed.

9. Pierce the end of the rope with the needle and sew through the rope right next to it, as if you are sewing shut a "v" letter. Tie tightly because this is the anchor that will hold together the rest of the coils.

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