One of my favorite projects we have created over the years is all of the beautiful baskets and bowls created with a cotton clothesline. First, we shared a tutorial for these gorgeous clothesline baskets that you can use as DIY home decor as well as a solution for organizing your household items or craft supplies. You can also create a gorgeous tote bag from the same material. One of our most popular projects is the DIY cat bed that includes a video on how to sew the clothesline with your sewing machine. But if you want to start with a smaller project, these mini bowls are for you.
Color outside the lines
Just like the baskets, you will need a cotton clothesline and a sewing machine for this project. We chose cotton clothesline with a 7/32-inch diameter that is easy to find at your local hardware store or online. But feel free to play around with different weights for your cotton clothesline mini bowls!
We originally envisioned these as perfect jewelry bowls for your bathroom, but they would also be great for kids to keep their trinkets and treasures organized. To customize your cotton clothesline mini bowls, add acrylic paint accents. If you are painting, be sure to dab the paint so that it will soak through the zig-zagged thread. Use the coil of the clothesline to help you paint a straight line around the bowl. You could also paint the outside of the bowl instead of the inside if you prefer that look.
Skill level: Beginner
Crafting tips: While you are coiling and sewing the clothesline, use your hands to manipulate the shape of the bowl as you go. This is exactly how we discovered how to form the cotton clothesline mini bowls and baskets into different shapes. For our set, we made nesting bowls so that they could stack easily.
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- Craft Scissors
- Sewing Machine
- Straight Pins
- Heavy Duty Machine Needle (100/16 for Denim or Leather)
- Slim Pointy Tool
- Cotton Clothesline — 7/32 in. x 100 ft.
- Matching Thread
How to Make Cotton Clothesline Mini Bowls
- Gather your craft tools and materials.
- Cut clothesline end blunt.
- Tightly coil around 2-3 times and pin to secure.
- Set sewing machine to zig-zag stitch with a wide stitch width (4.5mm) and a medium stitch length (1.4mm).
Full tutorial available for members to download below.
Browse some of our other sewing projects, or head to our DIY home decor section to see how you can personalize your living space! If you’re curious about the necklaces pictured above, those are our painted wooden bead necklaces. Enjoy! ~ Lia
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