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It's a Wrap: Sewing Fabric Purses, Baskets and Bowls [Kitchen]

Susan Breier
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March 26 2013
Wind, wrap, and sew fabric strips into fantastic containers! Start with a plate shape to learn the technique. Then experiment with four basic container styles to create round, oval, square, and other shapes.
Create purses, baskets, and bowls in an endless variety of sizes, shapes, and colors
Simply wrap fabric strips around cotton clothesline, coil into the desired shape, and secure with machine stitching
Special sections on lids, handles, and embellishments offer unlimited options for your own variations

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About the Author

Susan Breier has been sewing since childhood. Her passions for garment making and quilting eventually lead her to write her first book.

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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it March 24 2013
By Angie
Format:Kitchen|Verified Purchase
I am addicted to this process of wrapping cord from which to create a great variety of different items. Well written and instructions are accurate and easy to follow to produce the results as show in the lovely pictures.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book Feb. 7 2013
Format:Kitchen|Verified Purchase
Its a Wrap: Sewing Purses, Baskets and Bowls. Well illustrated, instructions easy to follow and lots of tips for making baskets
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5.0 out of 5 stars So easy...and the results are great! March 26 2007
By J. Wolf - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kitchen|Verified Purchase
This is the first time I've reviewed a craft book, though I have a history of buying many and never really using them. I had to write to add my recommendation for this book to those others have written.

The directions in this book are so clear and the project pictures so inspirational that I immediately went to work to make my first bowl. That was followed in the same day by another. I had a full box of fabric I considered "too ugly" to use for any quilts, but I dug into it and found it had new life as bowl material. In fact, the ugliest fabric I used looked fantastic when cut into strips and wrapped around the clothesline into the bowl's "coils." (Note: finding the clothesline in a local store is the hardest part of making these bowls. Be sure to do some comparison shopping before purchasing your clothesline. I found mine at Wal-Mart for less than a quarter of the price it was at the hardware store).

You do not need a fancy sewing machine to make these bowls. Any machine that does a zig-zag stitch will work. I decided to use my Bernina's walking foot after some experimentation, but it certainly isn't necessary to be successful.

I am already thinking about my next bowls and the great gifts they will make for birthdays and Christmas. The possibilities for embellishment are endless. I am already imagining how I can twist funky yarns or metallic floss around with the fabric to create a whole new surface texture.

Also, don't feel like you are limited to using 100 percent cotton on these bowls. On my second bowl I used a metallic-looking lame and some thin velvet strips and they were gorgeous. I plan to do some beading to really make this bowl zing. You are only limited by your imagination in making these bowls your own individual creations.

I don't consider myself an "artist." I usually need clear instructions to get a project going. But on these bowls I really felt like I created something special right from the get-go. I recommend this book and the bowls very highly.
53 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Craft for the Craft Imparied Sept. 24 2006
By js - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kitchen
I don't ordinarily do crafts, but I was intrigued by the beauty of the finished projects and also the fact that this is a craft that is not just using a pattern created by someone else, but it shows one how to add one's own individuality to each project. The book is well written with easy to follow instructions. I would recommend it if you're looking for a way to create something that relects you. These bowls and baskets, and purses would make cherished gifts.
47 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's not hard at all! Jan. 15 2007
By H. Peterson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kitchen
If you sew then you CAN make these baskets and it is SO much fun. I made my first one yesterday using a sewing machine that is anything but fancy, on the front porch of our weekend cabin. This time my sister will get her birthday present early along with the book (inexpensive enough that I will get another)....I intend making many more - now I know what to do with all my colorful scraps. This is so much faster than real basket making and allows for more individuality I think.
25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic - Immediately sparked creativity April 13 2007
By Sara Gonzalez - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kitchen
I found this title intriguing the first time I saw it and it didn't disappoint. Breier's explanations and photographs are clear and the gallery is inspiring. The technique is straightforward (wrapping clothesline with fabric strips and zig-zag stitching them together) and it doesn't require a fancy sewing machine.

Once I figured out the correct stitch length and width to use, I found myself addicted to assembling the coils. I still have yet to do a bowl but my family is impressed by the look of the plates. I've shown this book to several other people and each has immediately wanted to go find clothesline and try it. Be sure to purchase clothesline ahead of time (3/16", no solid core) because you won't want to wait once the book arrives!
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Creative, Fun Process - Beautiful Products! April 10 2008
By Sandra M. Greenberg - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kitchen
In the 1.3 years that I've had this book, and worked on this craft, I've gotten enormous pleasure combining fabrics and colors and shaping bowls, hot pads, totes, hats and more, most of which I've given to very appreciative friends and relatives.

Susan Breier makes the process easy to undertand and follow, and the bright color photos offer many jumping-off points for individual creativity! My only caveat is that it is imperative to have a heavy-duty sewing machine and thick, sharp needles to get through the layers of fabric and clothesline smoothly. I pretty much destroyed an old Singer Futura I used at the beginning - but liked the craft so much that I bought a refurbished Bernina with a stronger motor and more durable parts, and it handles these projects, over and over, like sewing through butter.

I enjoy that the craft isn't very exacting, like quilting, since I'm not fond of meticulous cutting and sewing tasks. I get loads of compliments on my own pocketbooks and totes that I've created, and it's fun to explain to folks how they're made.
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