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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  1. Mathew Boudreaux
    Dawn Williams

    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!

  2. Mathew Boudreaux
    valerie endrikat

    Headed to the craft store! So ready to up my game from clothesline!

  3. Mathew Boudreaux
    Susan trout

    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.

    1. Mathew Boudreaux
      A A B

      Most tutorials that I’ve seen recommend shaping the bowl as you go but I’ve found that simply tightening the cord that you’re feeding into the machine can have the same effect. I’ve used that technique to do what you describe.

  4. Mathew Boudreaux

    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. Mathew Boudreaux
    Dr. Tammy Manganelli

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

  6. Mathew Boudreaux
    Fay White

    What size needle to use in the machine when sewing cord?

  7. Mathew Boudreaux

    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

  8. Mathew Boudreaux

    Love your baskets! I seem to have the concept down but wrapping my rope with fabric doesn’t look right. What am I possibly doing wrong?

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