This is the kind of project that you can really take pride in making. So of course I couldn’t wait to share it. We are beginning to discover the wonders of cotton clothesline and all the amazing things that you can make with it. Like these gorgeous clothesline baskets! This project requires simple materials to create a beautiful gift item or stylish home decor accent. Plus, cotton clothesline is softer and easier to craft with than other types of cording, which makes the whole DIY process that much more enjoyable. The only material you really need for this is clothesline. All it took was a simple stop at our local hardware store to pick out solid braid cotton clothesline with a 7/32-inch diameter. You can choose different thicknesses depending on the clothesline baskets that you would like to create. Once you have your clothesline, you can head over to your sewing machine to start crafting. Follow the step-by-step photo tutorial below, and download the printable written instructions for more help with the crafting process. The beauty of this project is that you can use the technique to create any sort of basket that you need. Play around with different heights, widths and shapes to make a whole set! The most important thing to note is that you will need to use the zig-zag stitch setting on your sewing machine.
Once you finish sewing your clothesline baskets, there are plenty of easy things that you can do to personalize them. As you can see, we decided to add some paint to ours. We got some metallic gold faux finish from our local paint store (it was on sale!) to add the painted accents at the bottom of the baskets. Because clothesline is such a malleable material, the paint gives it some great body and structure to help it stand upright. It also makes it easier to wipe down the baskets with a hand cloth. If you are painting your clothesline baskets, be sure to dab the paint so that it soaks through the zig-zig stitching. You can also finish your baskets by adding leather accents or playing around with the shape of the handles. The sky is the limit!
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These baskets can be used for holding blankets in the winter, organizing your children’s toys, storing your knitting or crafting supplies, or anything else you can dream up. Browse all of our sewing projects to explore the other goodies you can make with your sewing machine, and take a look at our membership options to start crafting with us! Stay tuned for clothesline bowls to match this basket set, and follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for a daily dose of DIY. Enjoy! ~ Lia