Hi everyone, it's me Bea from beaquilter.com again. January is a new year and often that means out with the old and in with the new and ORGANIZING!One way of organizing is just keeping your quilting area neat and clean and coiled baskets from AccuQuilt products are GREAT for that!
I have a basket at every station where I work, I have one next to my sewing machine, next to my cutting mat, next to my embroidery machine and on top of my long arm machine!
My cat has one to sleep in, and my little ones use these to play "kitchen" with too!
Here's one I made for this tutorial. If you haven't made one yet, try it out and I bet you won't want to JUST make one, but you'll make several!
Here's what you'll need to get started
The 1 1/2" strip die (and mat)
and cotton cording.I use this roll of 8/32" cotton cording that I think I got from Amazon, but I've also bought smaller packs from the craft store or even the hardware store! You don't want it too thick and not too thin either, and it has to be cotton!
and then you'll need lots of scraps! -actually one basket doesn't take much at all.
I ironed a bunch of blue batik scraps and laid out on the die at different spots, some were short, some were wide, it doesn't matter much.
Then I ran it thru the GO cutter and cut out a bunch of strips!
With the end of the cotton cording and one strip, lay the cording down at an angle and fold over the raw edge of the fabric, I don't use a pin normally, this was just to show and have it stay in place for the picture ;)
Then flip it over and start wrapping the fabric strip around the cotton cording at an angle.
Now the tip is smooth and covered up.
Then wrap the fabric around the cording for a good bit, it's really up to you how long, mine is probably less than 12", maybe even 8", you can stick a pin in it now or use a binding clip so it doesn't unravel.
Put a walking foot on your sewing machine and set the stitch to a zig zag.
Here's the tricky part, but then after that it's super easy!
If you want a round bowl you have to start coiling the cording into a circle shape and at the same time you start zig zagging at the middle and the stitch goes between and connects two cords, it's a good tip to keep the needle down when you stitch and pause.
In the beginning you'll only sew a few stitches, then lift the foot and wrap the cord more into a circle. Continue to sew a few more stitches as you may have to lift the foot all the way up so you can get your fingers in there. It's not really hard, it's just a bit fiddly and takes patience.;)
As the coil grows, it gets a LOT easier!
If you get skipped stitches by the way, just go back and go over the same spot, it doesn't matter at all!
When that strip runs out, you just grab another strip and overlap it just a bit so you don't see the cording and wrap it around the cording in the same way as before.
When you feel like the bottom of the basket is big enough, start tilting the bottom up as you zig zag.
keep going :)
When you get to the end of the fabric or want to stop, cut the cording and leave about 1.5" or so of the fabric.
Then wrap the fabric around the end, sort of the same way as the beginning.
And finish the basket by zig zagging over the end and maybe backtracking a bit too,
and VOILA! the basket is done!