I decided I needed a basket to keep all of my receipts till I file them. So I used clothesline rope and wrapped scrap fabric around it and made a basket. It's called a coiled fabric basket. There are several blogs and help online. The only tip I can suggest is to sew along the rope with a straight stitch to attach the fabric to the rope and it kind of flattens the rope, making it easier to sew. I used the largest zigzag stitch and a heavy blue jean needle. Don't forget the large blue jean needle. Or you will break needles. Trust me...I speak from experience! I even asked my husband to bring his needle-nosed pliers to help me get part of the needle out of the basket at one point!
I'm not sure if it's my sewing machine, but it didn't appreciate the thickness. So probably using a smaller diameter rope will also be helpful. This is a great way to use up old scraps. I would also suggest sewing together the small scraps and cutting 1 1/2 or 2 inch strips to use. I found that if I sewed a long strip together (kind of like sewing binding), it worked better. Oh, another tip is I used a binder clip to hold the material to the rope until I got it sewn on.
Speaking of binding, as I was in the sewing department at Walmart to get cheap orange fabric to use (by the way...Walmart has a great selection of cheap fabric for projects like this!), I stumbled upon binding packs that are 3 yards each. This would be a great thing to use if you want to take a shortcut and not cut strips.
And if you have a small piece of rope left, you can make a coaster...or two...or three..and a trivet...makes great Christmas gifts! Just saying...