Use for Ugly Fabric

csackettJuly 9, 2007

I saw this in a magazine and it's a great use for ugly fabric. You cut the fabric in strips and wrap around cotton clothesline cord. It's easier to use bias strips but not necessary. One of the quilt shops I visited even made purses like this. In the pic I have two trivets and a small bowl.

Carolyn

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jennifer_in_va

Those are great! Love the RWB

You know, I've seen these, and big baskets like these, that I've covetted! But they cost more than I'm willing to spend.

How do you sew the covered cording together as you assemble your project? I'm assuming it's just like making your own cording, but what about the extra fabric on the rough edges?

Information please!! LOL

    Bookmark   July 9, 2007 at 8:59AM
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csackett

I cut 1 inch bias strips. Extend the fabric a little and fold it over the end of the cording and start wrapping around the cording. Fold the end over to the strip and zig-zag together. Then start sewing the two sections together as you continue to add more covered cording. It's important to sew the project clockwise. this keeps your extra cording and fabric strip out of the way (or in your lap) as you sew. I used rubber bands to hold my fabric strip on a spool and to keep my cotton clothesline from getting tangled up. It was really fun and I hope to get more creative. It uses a lot of thread. If you need pics let me know.
Carolyn

    Bookmark   July 9, 2007 at 9:09AM
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maryliz

Thank you so much for the photo, Carolyn. I saw someone demonstrating the making of these at a quilt show. I have also seen it on a TV show. Forget which one. But it looks so easy, I have to buy some clothesline and make a basket or two to contain the magazines and other clutter around the house. Like you said, you can use "uglies," since you'll only be seeing tiny strips of the pattern.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2007 at 11:42AM
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fran1523

Very nice. It sets the brain ticking. So many projects and so little time.

    Bookmark   July 23, 2007 at 11:43PM
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froggyquilter

Does anyone know what those are called? I would love to see if I could find instructions on making them

    Bookmark   January 13, 2008 at 9:00PM
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csackett

The is a book out that shows purses on the cover. I'll try to get the name and send it to you. A friend of mine has made large runs for her bedroom and bathroom. I had trouble when things got too large. I do want to make a purse someday. Carolyn

    Bookmark   January 15, 2008 at 11:21AM
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nana24

Carolyn,
I am such a visual person (dense too I guess). You sewed these together on your sewing machine? My sister has made baskets in a similar fashion but she did them by hand. I'd really like to know more. I'll wait for the name of the book. I hope it has basic instructions.

Thanks,
Sally

    Bookmark   January 16, 2008 at 10:57AM
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