Magazine article Sunset

Fabric Pottery

Magazine article Sunset

Fabric Pottery

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The fabric containers at left aren't hard, heat-resistant, or waterproof, but they're shaped in much the same way as coiled clay pots. These "soft pots" are unbreakable and as colorful as you want; make them to hold fruit, yarn, scarves, jewelry, or just for decoration. Each costs $2 to $10 and takes 3 to 5 hours to make.

You'll need fabric scraps, cotton or compressed-paper cording, a large needle, and heavy thread. Almost any fabric will work; we tried wool, cotton, and cotton blends, both woven and knit. For best results, cut 2-inch-wide strips on the bias. Cording is sold at yardage stores or upholstery shops. Choose according to the size and softness of the pot you want to make. A medium-size pot like the red one on the ledge in the picture at left took about 15 yards of firm, narrow paper cording; the large off-white vase took about 16 yards of soft, wide cotton cording.

To begin, select a bowl, vase, or other shape to serve as a mold. Wrap it with cording to see about how much you'll need (add a few extra feet for insurance). …

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