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Creative Rope Basket – How to Embroider & Personalize

Jump on the creative Rope Basket trend! This on-demand Session activates September 12, 2023. Reserve your spot today!

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Rope baskets are back and better than ever! Learn the best construction method and how to embroider directly onto the rope base to create a fun & functional basket for your office, sewing room & more. Plus, you’ll learn how to add designer touches, such as different handles, fabric strips & inserts, a sturdy base (with or without feet) & finishing flourishes to your creative rope basket.

The featured sewing-themed design, Vibrant Notions Wreath shown above, is FREE for all Session registrants, courtesy of Embroidery Library & Urban Threads! This design comes in two sizes (for a 4×4 and 6×10 hoop), and you can create loads of different basket sizes using these designs.

Whether you’ve made a rope basket in the past or are new to this type of project, you’ll learn something new! Not only will you learn the basic rope basket construction, but also loads of optional techniques to take your basket to the next level.

Add Sulky Felty, faux leather or cork fabric accents, different types of handles and a personalized label. Incorporate hardware to add style & flair. Add a sturdy base to protect the basket and conceal the embroidery, and much, much more!

(Note: The Crafty Notions Label design shown above and Wild Charms Tall Daisy Border design shown below are NOT included with the Session.)

You’ll also learn how to make embroidered placemats, table toppers and coasters using rope, too!

This Embroidery Session includes six Lessons, with multiple sections within each Lesson to navigate through at your own pace. With 11 video tutorials and extra instructions within each Lesson taking you through the steps, you’ll feel confident at the sewing machine no matter your skill level.


This kit includes enough materials to make approximately two embroidered rope baskets, depending on size and chosen embellishments. (One basket takes about 50′ to 80′ of rope, depending on size; this kit contains 100′ of rope.)


  • 100′ of 7/32″ Evandale Cotton Clothesline
  • 1-yard pack of Sulky Ultra Solvy™ Stabilizer
  • King Spool of Sulky 40 wt. Poly Deco™ Thread in Ecru 963-1082 (for construction)
  • 7 Snap Spools of 40 wt. Sulky Rayon Thread (for embroidery)
    • Cornsilk 942-0502
    • Sapphire 942-1534
    • Deep Coral 942-1257
    • Ivy Green 942-1277
    • Seafoam Green 942-1207
    • Steel Gray 942-1011
    • Black 942-1005
  • Eco-pack of Organ® size 80/12 Microtex Needles
  • 4″ x 8″ rectangle of Hazelnut Faux Leather Fabric (enough for two handles or a label)
  • (4) large 13mm Rivets in Gunmetal Finish (enough for two handles or a label)

The kit is now on sale at a special price of $39.99 ($21 off retail!) – valid until Sept 30, 2023 or while supplies last (whichever comes first) – get yours today!


NOTE: A 4×4 hoop is needed for the small and a 6×10 hoop is needed for the large Vibrant Notions Wreath design file. The design is embroidered directly onto the rope basket base. However, instructions are also included for embroidering the design onto fabric instead.

No embroidery machine? No problem! If you don’t have an embroidery machine, you can still learn how to sew a rope basket and embellish with different handles and fabric embellishments! The included video tutorials take you through each option step-by-step with clear and thorough instruction.


The Lesson becomes active on September 12, 2023, at which point you’ll receive an email letting you know it’s available for viewing.

Learn at your own pace, with one Lesson per day or all six at once. Sew a little each day and schedule your lessons to fit your schedule. Or sew a lot when you have a chunk of time.

Post your questions on the Comments section within each Lesson page to interact with other members of the Session as well as our support staff. We’re here for you to ensure you have the best sewing experience possible!

Join us for this best-in-class virtual Session, available on-demand to watch and re-watch at any time on or after September 12, 2023. Register today!>

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I am the Director of Content for Sulky of America. The former Editor in Chief of Sew News and Creative Machine Embroidery magazines, I hosted Sew it All TV on PBS for nine seasons. I've appeared on It's Sew Easy on PBS, DIY Network's Uncommon Threads, Hallmark's Marie Osmond Show, MacPhee Workshop and more! Come sew with me!