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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Weave, Little Weaver Bird

One thing that I saw at the AQS Quilt Show that I absolutely fell in love with was the woven fabric baskets that were being demonstrated by one of the vendors. (I apologize for not having the vendor's shop name...in my excitement, I forgot to write it down!) These baskets are similar to the It's A Wrap clothesline bowls and baskets where fabric is wrapped around cotton cording, but instead of sewing the coils together on the sewing machine the fabric is woven back through the cording to hold it all together. The demonstrator at the show was using 1 inch cording and 2 inch fabric strips to make her basket, but unfortunately she had sold out of the cording. (I don't think the vendors were expecting the large crowds either!) I happened to have some clothesline leftover from the last clothesline bowl that I made, so I thought I would try the technique using that and a few selvages. I really liked the larger baskets, but I love the look of the selvages with the smaller cording!
If you would like to make your own woven fabric basket, the basic instructions can be found at FamilyFun.com.


Happy Cottage Quilter said...

These are so cute and easy to make. We used to make these years ago when my children were small. Fun projects for little ones to tackle.

Janet said...

How adorable, wouldn't it make a great basket for Easter eggs! I have clothesline, I'm going to check it out. Thanks for the link.

Rene' said...

I love the idea of making them with selvages!!! I also agree that they would make great Easter baskets.

Diane said...

oh I like that idea, years ago I made a few bowls using a technique like you describe. I think I will have to start saving selvages now!

Julia said...

I made some similar baskets years ago. I love the way you use your selvages!

Peggi Yac said...

And you're teaching this to your local quilting pals, when?

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