If you've follow me on Instagram, and you should, (ohsnapdragonstudios) you may have noticed that last Christmas I got a bit carried away (2 days before the big day !!) making little baskets from clothesline. I ended up with 6...one for each woman in the family and one for me.
I bought a ton...well, quite a bit of clothesline after that planning to make a larger basket for my knitting. I was really quite surprised by the difference in clothesline, not just in the size, but the weight, heft and stability. I now have quite the selection to choose from. So when I saw the tutorial for a rope handbag I knew I had everything I needed (a rarity!) and decided to give it a go...one last summer project before digging into flannel and wool.
The tutorial was offered by closetcasepatterns and I followed it as it was written. The instructions were great! It turned out really nice and I've been carrying it for a few weeks now. When I make another (which I will) I will make just a few minor changes.
First, I'll make it just a bit larger...I carry a LOT of crap around with me. Second, I'll probably wrap portions of the clothesline with yarn like I did on my baskets. I think that adds a little texture and more of a pop of color. On this bag you can definitely tell where I began with my colored thread and that tiny little 'break' or 'jog' really bothers me. Maybe using a heavier thread or a narrower zig-zag would make a difference. I also want to try my hand at dyeing a rope project...that would cover all the thread issues.
This bag really feels like a summertime item, but maybe with the addition of yarn wraps it could carry into fall/winter. Working with clothesline is simple...almost mindless...and quite addicting!
What tutorials are your favorites? Please share....it's never too early to start on those holiday gifts!