Easy, Contemporary Rope Sewing Projects

Rope Sewing Reinvented with Lindsey Zinno and Nancy Zieman

Easy, Contemporary Rope Sewing Projects

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Rope Sewing Reinvented with Lindsey Zinno and Nancy Zieman

Sewing yards and yards of cotton rope or clothesline cording together to create baskets, trivets, or bags is not a new technique. Nancy’s guest for this next series creates multifunctional baskets, bags, and coasters for the modern home. She learned to sew at a young age, started a business during high school, and continues to create all the projects for her business while studying Environmental Sciences at the University of Cincinnati. Welcome Lindsey Zinno, who will inspire us with her reinvented rope sewing projects. Watch the first in this two-part series Rope Sewing Reinvented on Sewing With Nancy.

Find everything you’ll need to complete these projects in this Rope Sewing Reinvented Starter Kit from Nancy’s Notions.


The Coaster Basics

The coasters show Lindsey’s simple, yet functional style, using uncovered cotton rope—it’s the first project we’ll show you how to make. Use uncovered natural clothesline rope to create a more contemporary design with a traditional technique. Colored thread gives a stylish look. Learn what supplies and techniques Lindsey uses on today’s new episode of Sewing With Nancy.

Coaster LindsayZinno NancyZiemanMini Dishes

The next step to rope sewing is making vessels, this mini dish can be used for keys, jewelry, garlic, potpourri, or even to tidy up your desk. Use mini dishes for lavender buds and bobbins. Lindsey shares how she creates the mini dish with decorative details on Rope Sewing Reinvented.

Rope Sewing Reinvented with Lindsey Zinno and Nancy Zieman

Oval Tray

Once you’ve mastered the art of shaping a rope vessel, learn to experiment with the design. Lindsey’s Oval Tray is purposeful, while having a modern, artistic style. The angle of stitching determines the vessel shape and the inclusion of rope handles increases the functionality. Watch Nancy and Lindsey create this design on Sewing With Nancy.


Rope Sewing Reinvented Starter Kit includes:

  • Rope Sewing Reinvented Book with DVD
  • Clothesline Rope
  • Topstitching Needles, Size 100
  • Leather Needles Assortment
  • Wonder Clips
  • Stiletto



Watch Rope Sewing Reinvented (Part One and Part Twoon Sewing With Nancy online.

For a chance to win a copy of the Rope Sewing Reinvented Book and DVD from Nancy’s Notions, leave a comment sharing which rope project you’d enjoy making.


Nancy Zieman's Giveaway Winner

The randomly selected winner of a copy of the book, The Absolute Easiest Way to Sew  from the July 3 post is Shirley C.


Her comment is: That book looks like a must-have for me as a busy grandmother keeping active kids busy all summer—sewing projects that are fast and easy to make.

Happy Sewing,

Team Nancy Zieman

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  • Carol Henry
    July 10, 2018

    I would so enjoy making the oval tray. It is so unique looking. The small oval dishes would make nice gifts. Thank you Nancy.

  • Carol Ballard
    July 10, 2018

    I want to try the coasters and basket for botiques coming up this winter. This looks like fun projects that should sell well.

  • Millissa Masters
    July 10, 2018

    Ohhhh! Baskets, baskets and more baskets! All different sizes!! Thank you for this opportunity!

  • Donna Fecteau
    July 10, 2018

    I think I would start out easy and try a set of coasters. But I would love to be able to make tote bags whatever size I wanted.

  • Martha
    July 10, 2018

    I’d love to try this! I’d make a basket first, then tote bags for my grand-daughters.

  • Janice Hobbs
    July 10, 2018

    Wouldn’t these be great as sewing room organizers?! I always need help there!

  • Jackie Lorenz
    July 10, 2018

    Love that I could make matching coasters, and oval placemats for my kitchen, …….then baskets

  • Sheila Perl
    July 10, 2018

    I would enjoy making the basket and I would use it for a fruit basket for my dining room table! Thank you!!

  • Marsha
    July 10, 2018

    My quilt group is making coasters/mug rugs for the Seniors Meals On Wheels program. This project looks like a simple, but durable coaster that would be enjoyed. Thanks for the great resource and know these coasters will go to great use.

  • MoeWest
    July 10, 2018

    I really like the oval tray but I would start smaller with a flat hotpad.

  • diane c
    July 10, 2018

    baskets/bowls — they will make great gifts

  • Linda Gillette
    July 10, 2018

    I love the rope tote bag and would get a lot of use from it.

  • Jade
    July 10, 2018

    Nancy’s done it again….made something that looks hard, seem not just possible, but maybe even easy enough that I’ve got to try it! I love the oval tray, it would make a unique, useful gift.

  • Rosie
    July 10, 2018

    I’m sure I would start with something flat to get the feel of doing this. Then I’d love to make the oval basket. It would be a perfect fruit basket.

  • Sue
    July 10, 2018

    Whenever my sister has people over for dinner, she likes to use an unusual bread basket. I would love to make the oval one to add to her collection

  • Linda Buttera
    July 10, 2018

    Gotta have them all. Adorable, fun, useful, and great to use inside and out. Awesome coasters, bowls, totes. Love them!

  • Judie
    July 10, 2018

    The rope baskets would be first on my list because they’d be welcome gifts for any occasion. For a more elaborate gift, the basket would be filled with goodies applicable to the recipient. Sewing supplies for my quilting friends and cookies or baking supplies for others.

  • Janice Ringer
    July 10, 2018

    I think this makes a perfect trivet. A great hostess gift, too.

  • Susan
    July 10, 2018

    One can never have enough baskets. I would love to make a basket to organize sewing supplies. Would make one to hold magazines, also. It is so versatile!

  • Laura Odenthal
    July 10, 2018

    I lolve the oval tray. I’ve always anted to learn this technique! Would love to win but might have to buy the kit if not!

  • Jean Palionis
    July 10, 2018

    I bought all the rope available at my local hardware store, so I am ready to go! This book will be a wonderful help for me. Thank you.

  • Ruth A. Pray
    July 10, 2018

    I would love to make the oval bowl, will start with flat coaster. I watch the episode that Lindsey showed on Sewing with Nancy.

  • Jan C
    July 10, 2018

    I love tote bags, so that is what I will create. Thank you for this opportunity.

  • Winifred
    July 10, 2018

    I love the oval bowl!

  • Janet Leach
    July 10, 2018

    I’ve always wanted to make a rope bowl and bag but the thought of wrapping the cord for a large project was not a happy one. This is just what I need for inspiration. Thanksomuch!

  • Nancy Matheson
    July 10, 2018

    Rope baskets! For sure!

  • Jeri Westerhold
    July 10, 2018

    Love this. I’ve made hot pads and a couple of bowls using the fabric strips, but this is so much prettier, cleaner looking and easier. Would love to get more ideas. Cute gift ideas.

  • Debra Thompson
    July 10, 2018

    I would love to make any of the projects, but would start with the oval tray…great gifting for “Christmas in July”! Thank you for Nancy’s giveaway.

  • Cyndi Duffin
    July 10, 2018

    The baskets are so fun! I can think of some great gifts-spa baskets, cloth napkins with a bread cloth cover-the possibilities are endless!!

    Thank you for the give away!

  • Ann West
    July 10, 2018

    I absolutely love the tote bag – so durable and able to carry just about anything I want! My granddaughter would love to have one also to make her feel more grownup. Thanks.

  • Kris Janssen
    July 10, 2018

    This is a process I’ve wanted to try but just haven’t made the time for yet. Maybe this is the time. Thanks for all the wonderful videos and help on all these new things.

  • Noreen
    July 10, 2018

    I’ve seen rope projects but never tried one. I’d like to make a rope basket.

  • Janet johnson
    July 10, 2018

    I love the tote bag but I think I’d start on something smaller like a small bowl to hold keys by the back door. Looks like a fun project.

  • Trisha Lediard
    July 10, 2018

    I bought the clothesline with intentions to make this project but didn’t have the instructions or confidence to start it

  • Sue L
    July 10, 2018

    I’ve made the oval basket. My next project is the tote.

  • beth d.
    July 10, 2018

    I would like to make bowls. I could put them around the house for decoration.

  • Jeanette Prause
    July 10, 2018

    I think I will start with an easier project. Four place mats and coasters for my kitchen table.
    Using clothes line rope with sunny yellow threads. These will brighten up my breakfast nook.
    Thank you Nancy. This will be one of many projects I have learned from you.
    Have a wonderful day!

  • Loree Kaukl
    July 10, 2018

    I start rope sewing last year by making 2 bags and a bowl as Christmas gifts. It was a lot of fun. I have rope waiting for a bag for me. I want to learn about dying the rope and would love to make the bag on the book cover.

  • patricia
    July 10, 2018

    I would love to try the oval tray. followed by the bag. I have tried a basket previously, but it is still a UFO. Thank-you for the inspiration to get back to it and more rope projects.

  • Twyla
    July 10, 2018

    The Beginner’s Sewing Guide is just what my Granddaughters need to get inspired to make their own creations! You make it look so easy! Thanks Nancy.

  • Clovis
    July 10, 2018

    Coasters would make great gifts. Thanks for the chance to win.

  • Joyce
    July 10, 2018

    I’d love to make that tote bag! Thanks for showing us these wonderful projects.

  • Margaret C.
    July 10, 2018

    The tote bag looks great and one that can be passed down to my
    Granddaughter. What a fun book. I loved new perspectives on old crafts. Thx.

  • Ennis A Weeks
    July 10, 2018

    I watched this online and loved it. Love the trays and the bags!! So nice!!

  • Paula Fleming
    July 10, 2018

    The market/whatever bag would be great for my newly married Granddaughter for shopping, or the beach, a weekend getaway, or anywhere her busy schedule takes her. Really all are great and Thank you for sharing….

  • Judy Fain
    July 10, 2018

    I would love to make the oval trays for my grandsons. With their nautical look it would be a great help for keeping small objects organized on their dressers.

  • Susan T
    July 10, 2018

    Coasters and trivets would be a great starting project for me.

  • Peggy Bibb
    July 10, 2018

    Have always wanted to try to make a bag out of rope. Looks like this book gives excellent instructions!

  • Jodi Bowlden
    July 10, 2018

    what a practical talent. I want to make some bowls to put in the bathroom, and a basket or two for my fabrics.

  • Karen Patterson
    July 10, 2018

    I’ve been wanting to make something out of rope for ages! Wish I had this book to help me do it. I could make nice gifts for all my friends and family!!!

  • Karen Patterson
    July 10, 2018

    I would love to make that bag and some coasters!

  • Joanie
    July 10, 2018

    I like the natural look of these bowls vs. the fabric covered bowls of yesterday. It’s rustic but charming. I would love to try making some.

  • Debbie E.
    July 10, 2018

    I really need coasters these would be perfect

  • Cheryl Chesnut
    July 10, 2018

    I ordered the kit to get me started and I am enjoying it so much. I have gone as far as making laundry hampers and toy baskets for my grandchildren. I made placemats this weekend. You will totally enjoy the technique. As Nancy always said ” The possibilities are endless”.

  • Emma Carpenter
    July 10, 2018

    This is taking rope sewing “One Step Beyond”. Thanks for sharing and extending rope sewing to other projects and for bringing back this good old fashion artwork.. Fabulous!!

  • Connie Albers
    July 10, 2018

    How do I order the book for making the rope coasters and baskets?
    Connie Albers
    [email protected]

  • Marti Meadows
    July 10, 2018

    Would love to try making the coasters.

  • Ann
    July 10, 2018

    I would love to make the baskets with handles!!! Thank you!

  • Judy Flanagan
    July 10, 2018

    I hated my attempts to make a rug using fabric strips so I believe I could make a small rug using this method that would look much better.

  • Carla
    July 10, 2018

    Would like to learn to make a bowl or basket — with handles.

  • Peggy Brichta
    July 10, 2018

    I was going to say I’d love to make the bowl, but after reading the comments, I’d rather try some place-mats!

  • Kathy
    July 10, 2018

    I see a tote in my future!

  • Vicky C
    July 10, 2018

    OMG!!!! I remember Nancy’s original show on rope sewing, and had made some baskets (back in the day). Now I am really into making bags and would love to make a rope bag! Why didn’t I think if that?

  • Karen
    July 10, 2018

    All of them of course! I think a basket to put our rescue’s organic catnip bags in would be my first project.

  • zoraida
    July 10, 2018

    Very impressive what can you do with rope I love it.

  • Carol
    July 10, 2018

    I love the look of rope sewing. I would try the rope tray and the tote bag looks great too.

  • Peggy V
    July 10, 2018

    I would love to make the tote. I purchased the rope after watching this episode on TV, but lost my ambition. Maybe the book will help me get inspired. Thank you for the opportunity to win this book!!!

  • Vivian Oaks
    July 10, 2018

    I’d love the chance to make some storage baskets or anything else that will help me keep things organized in my sewing area. I need all the help I can get! 🙂
    wvoaks at comcast dot net

  • Charlotte D
    July 10, 2018

    Id love to make the bowls for starters. I have wonderful sewing gadgets to fill them with. I have bought the supplies already, but I need help learning the technique. This is exactly what i have needed. All of the projects are incredibly beautiful. They are like art projects.

  • Karen Tucker
    July 10, 2018

    Rope Baskets! What a wonderful idea.

  • Gail Beam
    July 11, 2018

    I like all of the rope projects, especially the totes and bowls.

  • Aimee Nusz
    July 11, 2018

    I love the contemporary look plain old clothesline gets with this technique! Those trays and bowls are wonderful for storage that looks great.

  • Debbie
    July 11, 2018

    I would just like to try anything

  • Bridget
    July 11, 2018

    I would love to make the rope baskets. Anything basket or bag is for me!

  • L Watson
    July 12, 2018

    I like the bag with handles, it looks like the perfect companion for the beach.

  • Pam
    July 12, 2018

    I like the bag with handles and the coasters.

  • Linda Coletta
    July 12, 2018

    I would love making a rope bowl to use in my sewing room. I collect pieces of thread, yarn and ribbon to use with my embellisher.

  • Sarah
    July 12, 2018

    I like the tote bag, it looks like a great thing to put your book, sun glasses, and beach towl in.

  • Lee Ann Wagner
    July 14, 2018

    I would like to make small bowls from rope. I think they would be very useful and a nice decorative touch.

  • Roberta A.
    July 14, 2018

    Any of the projects would be fun to make. I’d probably start with a basket and then a purse.

  • Michele W
    July 17, 2018

    Love the idea of rope sewing using a machine. I did rope sewing years ago but we did it by hand. This would be eons faster and a great idea for gift giving.

  • E. Watson
    July 18, 2018

    I would like to make the oval tray. However, I would probably start with the coaster. 🙂

  • Doreen Linehan
    July 19, 2018

    I’d make a basket for the grand-dog’s toys.

  • Starla
    July 28, 2018

    I saw the first episode of this series today and am excited to tray some of the projects!

  • Terri Robinson
    January 30, 2020

    This book on rope projects sounds like a great way to get started on rope projects. I’m sure I can learn a lot from it. Gosh how great would it be to have it for myself.

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