Next Level Rope Bowls (w Video Tutorial)

This video will walk you through all of his tips and tricks to sewing some elevated ooh la la rope bowls. There’s more to it than setting your zig zag stitch and buying clothesline, so definitely get ready get set go to bringing high end to this ubiquitous project.

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For the tutorial, I used a variegated contrast thread so you could see the stitching. I prefer the look of matching thread, but the contrast definitely can create some extra jush to this project. Here are the two versions.

For the tutorial, I tested out both Terial Magic and Aleene’s Fabric Stiffening Spray and between the two I honestly couldn’t pick a favorite. Terial Magic has a slight edge because it smells sooooo good, but both provided the level of stability that I was looking for.


The specific craft cord that I used is called Cora’s Craft Cord. I’ve used both 4 mm and 6mm. Whether you pick this particular cord, getting a cotton cord is critical to stiffen it. Here are some of the supplies that I used for this project.



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9 thoughts on “Next Level Rope Bowls (w Video Tutorial)

  1. Thank you for the Great video! I was wondering what type of presser foot you used with your sewing machine? The one to make your bowls?


  2. how do you reduce the tops of clothes line baskets. I can get the sides and bottom, but would like to shape the bowl with a smaller diameter at the top. Thanks…Lolly

  3. I’m your biggest fan!! Can you please tell me how long are the strip eye candy?
    Thank you for the inspiration!!

  4. OH MY GOODNESS!!! I watched your video today and immediately got in the car and headed to Craft Warehouse to get the cord to make some of these. Soooo great! Thanks for such an informative video. I just painted my bathroom in blues so I got 2 skeins and am heading to my sewing machine to get started right now. Will look for more posts to keep me inspired.

  5. Thank you for the tutorial. Question how do you contour. Ex 6 in base to 12 inchiesthe back to 6 inch opening . Like a vase.

  6. I’ve watched several bowl making tutorials today and I find yours to be the best. Like you, I would prefer an actual bowl over a saucer-like “bowl”. I also love the idea of NOT wrapping miles of cord, just intermittent sections to add some bling. Thanks so much for the tutorial!

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