Sunday, April 13, 2014

coil basket DIY

Making coil baskets has been on my do list for a couple of years and recently I finally took some time to have a little fun putting own twist on this process!

You can make a coil basket out any thick rope or twine, you can even use scraps of fabric wrapped around the rope for something really colorful. But I decide to keep it simple and use rope (out of everything I tried I liked using cloth line the best). 

To begin, coil the rope. Using a machine, zig zag stitch the coil together and keep coiling and stitching.

I spend lots of time sewing heavy duty and non-traditional materials on my machine- I typically use a denim needle for these kinds of projects.

Once you have the base of the basket you can create the sides by tilting the coiled rope as up as you sew. 

Continue sewing until the basket is desired size...SO EASY!!

I used colorful thread to add color in my baskets, I also painted my rope. I used both spray ink and acrylic paint to cover sections of the rope (time consuming but totally worth it)!


I also painted the entire basket with acrylic paint (it took two coats) and then used my white paint pen to add pattern over the top.
I create and experiment with all kinds of simple materials and DIY projects but this by far is one of my favorites! The entire process was really addicting and I know I will be making more. 



30 comments:

  1. what size of needle ?

    cheers jane


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  2. the result is really beautiful, but isn'it too hard on the sewing machine ? I would be afraid of damaging it ...

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  3. These look fantastic, would love to give it a go but might need to see a tutorial.

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  4. This is absolutely great! AND I love the paint on your finger! :-)

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  5. You are one amazing lady that continues to inspire me! Love how you have created these baskets with the colour added. WOW!

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  6. Alisa, these are fabulous! What type of needle do you use for this? I'm thinking a regular needle would snap. I'm so tempted to try this for myself! Thanks for sharing this idea! :-)

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  7. Te koszyczki są bajeczne. Pozdrawiam, Ania http://domowrotek.blogspot.com/

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  8. Oh no! Another addiction!

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  9. Such a great idea !!!!!
    I love it !

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  10. O, my God! Cool! Cool!!! Thanks!!!!!! Very thanks!!!))))

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  11. These are awesome! I love the idea of using ink spray to add pops of color. Can't wait to try making some of these.

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  12. This is so cool. I love the different variations and never thought of sewing them together

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  13. these are beautiful! i have a sewing machine, but not a denim needle...i'll have to look into getting one. these remind me of baskets i love at Ten Thousand Villages (fair trade store + website). :)

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  14. these r awesome! perhaps u will have them in your shop??!! hope so!

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  15. I haven't made one of these for a few years...thanks for the reminder. I think I'll make some as gifts. I love your idea of painting/dyeing the cotton cord!

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  16. You are amazing! I love how wonderful but simple this process is for the baskets! Thank You for always sharing your talents with us!

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  17. Anonymous1:26 PM

    They are truly beautiful! I will certainly try this!

    Elena

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  18. B. Kerr7:12 PM

    Your bowls are beautiful! I have had this on my todo list for awhile now. I have already made coasters and a trivet with the fabric wrapped cording. In making the bowls, did you find it easier to zigzag stitch on the inside or the outside of the bowl?

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  19. I have wanted to make these for sooooo long, but was afraid it might damage my sewing machine. I noticed you were using a Bernina. I have a Viking Ruby. Think it would damage mine?

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  20. Your coil baskets turned out gorgeous, Alisa! So pretty and so much fun! Would love to see what kind of things you store in them someday! Thanks for sharing your pretty photos!

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  21. Buenas noches como se llama la patitas de la maquina la mía es una brother .

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  22. Fab! I've ordered denim needles this morning! Thanks for the inspiration. :)

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  23. I have to agree with you--this is one of the most rewarding and fun craft projects! They turn out so quick and are functional and great looking! I also made some coasters, which were even faster. A set of coasters would be quick way to make a unique and personal gift, too.
    Seeing your dyeing experiments, I'm now thinking about other dyes that would be suitable for cotton... I wonder how well the acrylic holds up--have you tried using the basket for anything yet?

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  24. These are wonderful. I would love to try it but not sure my sewing machine could handle it. Great colors. Do you do pine needle baskets?

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  25. Anonymous8:21 PM

    What if you don't have a sewing machine? Is there a way to do this if sewing by hand? What needle would I need to use?

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