Last year I made a rope basket with leather handles and it is still one of my favorite things. I have plans for a rope trough but haven’t finalized those plans yet, so in the meantime I decided to use some of the rope to make a bowl.
First, here is the rope basket I made.
And here is the rope I bought for this project.
I’ve seen tons of tutorials for making baskets and bowls using the sewing machine but in all honesty, I prefer to use hot glue. The finished result is much sturdier. The glue gives the rope bowl or basket structure. The sewing machine baskets and bowls look sort of floppy and soft to me.
To start I picked a bowl I though would be a good size.
The bottom was sort of concave, so I cut a piece of cardboard the same size as the bottom and taped it in place.
I got out the parchment paper and trimmed a piece to fit over the bowl. I turned the rope as tightly as I could and glued it in place.
I continued glueing and turning until I had it the size of the bottom of the bowl.
Then it was time to begin the sides of the bowl. Since I was working with the bowl upside down, I used the hot glue gun to run a strip of glue down the rope and pressed it into place.
Once I reached the edge of the bowl, I removed the rope bowl and turned it over. Here is the twist. I decided to make this a cat face rope bowl. Thats right…a cat face rope bowl. First up was the ears.
Then when I got to the back of the bowl I took the remaining rope and glued up a tail.
I borrowed some dark grey yarn for this project and threaded that through a large darning needle. I passed the needle through the rope at the base of one ear then wrapped it around the rope until I reached the other side. Then did the same for the second ear.
Now for a face. He just needed a nose and some whiskers.
Here is the finished bowl.
I put him on the floating shelves for his final picture.
With that, this kitty was off to his fur-ever home.