Scrap happy February


A different way of using up my scraps – a fabric pot made with fairly stiff string and the scraps from a hand dyed quilt. Shame not to use them.

There are plenty of instructions to make fabric pots out there on YouTube but these are the basics:

Cut or tear strips of fabric about 1 inch or 3/4 inch wide – depends on the thickness of your string – and wrap the strips tightly around the string making sure that no string shows. Start coiling your string and zigzag stitch the coils together.

My machine can cope with fairly tough string and rope given a jeans needle and some very strong thread – machine quilting thread, hand quilting thread (has to be used on the upright spindle of my sewing machine as the thread is wound straight) and semi-industrial thread.

New strips of fabric are wrapped in as you go along.  When the base is large enough, tilt the pot to make the sides. Keep going until you have the size you want, then neatly sew in the ends of the string and fabric.

I cut my fabric on the straight grain as this is the neatest way – if you use bias strips it’s hard to finish neatly at the end – but practise will show you what’s best for you.

It’s not an easy technique to describe and is better demonstrated – if there is any interest I could do a picture tutorial.

I made several pots before I worked out how to get them looking right. Since then I have made dozens including tiny ones with crochet cotton inside and a wool tweed one with no string inside. It’s something I love doing.

I collect my eggs in a fabric pot and I carry my shopping in one and they’re all made from leftover fabric.


The shopping basket is made with rope bought from the local farmer’s store. All the fabrics are leftovers – my own and other people’s.

Rosyragpatch’s blog has the original quilt here if you’re interested.

Linking to Tall Tales from Chiconia –  Scrap Happy February. Why not pop over and see what other people have done with their scraps.

Thanks for dropping by.

Norma x



Filed under dyeing, fabric bowls, fabric pots and bags, scraps, sewing, stashbusting, textiles

21 responses to “Scrap happy February

  1. I love the bowls. They might be just the thing to use up more of my scrap strips, though they’re getting a bit thin on the ground after my latest scrapper.

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  2. The colors are beautiful–muted but strong.They remind me of the baskets that some of the native American make. You could sell them on Etsy–no problem.

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  4. I’d like to see a tutorial. I bought some cotton sash cord the other day with the idea of using some of my ‘string’ scraps to wrap it and coil myself a basket, but it would be so handy to have a pictorial to follow. A lovely project with which to join ScrapHappy, welcome!

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  5. Pretty and looks like fun. Had never thought of using thinner cord than rope!

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  6. I can tell how much care you give the eggs the hens are laying! They get their own special basket.

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  7. these look just fab! and what a terrific idea for scraps. I could do with some of these baskets myself 🙂

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  8. Wow, that’s very impressive. I’ve never heard of this technique … I love how you enjoy trying all these different things with fabric.

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