You can use minimal materials to create useful craft projects that you can keep or give as gifts to your friends or family. Make fabric covered clothesline bowls, bags and decorative accessories, using scrap material from other projects and recycled items.
Create a fabric bowl using fabric covered clothesline and your sewing machine. Cut strips of fabric ½ inch thick and wrap fabric around cotton clothesline. Purchase clothesline that feels soft enough for the sewing machine needle to pass through without causing the needle to break. Begin the bowl by using a few stitches to tack the end of the fabric over the end of the clothesline. Twist fabric strips around the clothesline and create a coil from the fabric covered clothesline, sewing it in place. Use a zig zag stitch to attach each new round of the coil. Create the base of the bowl, then angle subsequent rows up from the flat base while continuing to sew. Add coils of fabric covered clothesline until the bowl is of the desired height. To add handles to your fabric covered bowl, arch a portion of the fabric covered clothesline. Finish off the project by tucking under the end of the clothesline and securing with a back stitch.
Use the same method for creating a fabric covered bowl to make a customized bag to carry all your items. Begin the base of the bag by creating an oval shaped coil from fabric covered clothesline. Build the height of the bag by holding the base at an angle and continue to add fabric covered clothesline, attaching with a zig zag stitch on your sewing machine. Add handles by creating a large loop from the fabric covered clothesline. Reinforce handles by adding additional rounds to the handle before finishing the project with a back stitch.
You can also create fabric covered clothesline crafts without a sewing machine. Use a hot glue gun to secure the end of the fabric to a piece of clothesline, and twist fabric around the clothesline to cover. Wrap around an empty tin can to create a decorative pencil cup. Begin at the base and secure the end of the clothesline with hot glue. Coil fabric covered clothesline around the can. Secure occasionally by adding hot glue to the can and press the clothesline to the can.
Add fabric covered clothesline to a cardboard box to create a decorative basket for holding mail, photos or other items. Begin in the center of the bottom of the outside of the box and secure the end of clothesline with hot glue. Begin coiling the fabric covered clothesline in a square pattern to cover the base of the box then continue up the sides. Continue adding fabric covered clothesline to the inside of the box to finish off the basket and conceal all of the cardboard. For this project, consider recycling a cereal box and removing one of the side panels for a long flat box ideal for storing papers or mail on your desk.
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