Coconut rope craft – Made using good quality new rope, woven or sewn rope mats that are not only durable, but also look great on a table as a warm cushion or centerpiece, vertical as a wall decoration, or as an unusual seating cover for a bench or chair.
A hand-sewn spool with an 18mm diameter manila rope produces this circular tablecloth measuring approximately ten and a half inches in diameter (27cm). Rope rugs can be made easily from hemp or even cotton rope, although the latter is not very practical unless it is intended as a mere decoration.
Although the pattern is simpler than a carrick or kringle woven rug, its construction is only time-consuming: the ropes are sewn together with linen thread using sailor’s palms and meticulously finished with sailmaker’s lashes.
It’s simple – all you have to do is start with a tight coil and use your hot glue gun to hold the bracelet in place every 3 inches or so.
My first step was to gather the supplies I needed:
1. Coconut rope (several sizes)
2. Round polystyrene
3. Hot glue
Continue to wrap and stick (make sure your rope is on a flat surface) until your rope base reaches a diameter of 14 “(35.5 cm). Add the last glue bead at the end point to hold it in place and you’re done! I think it takes about 5 minutes per placemat. 30 feet of rope and about 4 sticks of glue will make a 14 ″ rope feeder.
Very simple, very nautical, very cute but….
if you plan to leave your rope pad outside, or if it gets wet, it will warp! Not a bit of warping – a big warp and can’t be used.
And …… they stink. Wet coconut ropes do not have a “pleasant” smell. I’ll put it more in the wet sheep smell arena.
Keep It Dry and Indoor | Coconut Rope Craft
The only way to prevent your charger from warping is to sew it in place. You need to use transparent thread – along the fishing line – and sew between the spools, then out again, to maintain the shape of the feeder. I would suggest at least 4 rows of stitches from the outer edge, across the middle, to the opposite edge (and the back for tying), if you want your rope lining to be flat. Or you can make sure it’s not wet
I love them – they add texture and atmosphere to the table, and they’re not expensive or time-consuming to make. I’m glad I tried it, and I love owning coconut rope craft– but I understand why Pottery Barn doesn’t wear it anymore.