Friday, March 14, 2014

Fabric Bowls

Have you ever made a fabric bowl? 
At quilt camp last year I learned the technique from my friend Maria. This is the first bowl I made. 
It was challenging for me to catch on to the technique at first, and then it was really fun. Maria recommended reading the book "It's a Wrap", which I found inspiring.  Also, Ami Simms has a neat video on her website (click here) and a great step by step tutorial (click here).
I made one bowl last year, and then at quilt camp this year I decided to make another one, but didn't get started until recently. 
Bowl making eats up scraps - it uses strips between 1/2" and 3/4".
Here are my supplies.
Cording and fabric scraps are all you need! This shows the beginning of creating the base. I didn't make the big X through the base like Ami recommends, but I think it would be a good idea, especially if you are making a big bowl.

Then you curve the shape to build the sides of the bowl. It starts to take on a life of it's own, and it is exciting to see the bowl begin to grow.

This is how it looks on the inside. 
I stitched a few charms on the inside, facing north, south, east and west. 
I really like the earthy feel of it.

Then, I decided the bowl needed a lid, so I made another
bowl and tried to make it a little flatter, but it didn't work the way I envisioned it. 
I tried to moulded the lid a bit to make it look a little more "lid-like".  I think the wooden button is the perfect touch to finish the bowl.
I'm afraid that I am addicted to bowl making now. I'm sure you'll be seeing more of them on my blog in the future!


  1. You did a wonderful job! Especially love how you topped one bowl with a lid. So sweet!

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  3. I have made a bowl but not like yours. Mine was made of large hexagons and had a very stiff iron on stiffener between the layers of fabric. I made several one year as Christmas gifts.
    Just love yours! And the lid is fabulous - the button just sets it off.

  4. I need to give this a try! The green bowl makes a wonderful thread could make thread holder bowls in all your thread colours! Just an idea...

  5. I love fabric bowls! yours look great!

  6. Good morning Kathy...I have made fabric bowls, but not like this one. Mine were in one piece of fabric on each side; not done with cord. I like the look of yours much better. Never tried them though

  7. Your bowls look great!
    Love the one you made with the lid on it - very cute and clever!

    I took a class like this once and made round place mats. Not as challenging as bowls but still fun.

  8. I love making these bowls! LOVE the brown one and the button on the lid.
    This makes me want to run in and play right now!

  9. I love what you did with the brown one and the button on the lid! I can see how these would be very addictive. Since I definitely don't need another addiction right now, I will NOT try one--they are probably like Lays potato chips, and I'd be hooked. : )

  10. I made a small bowl that I keep next to my sewing machine that holds a pin cushion, small sewing scissors and a magnet for picking up dropped pins. Love the colors of your bowl….makes me want to create a few more!!

  11. I love fabric bowl but I have yet to make one. You make it look so simple. Love the fabric you've pick for your bowl. The earth tone makes it look like an artifact from a long gone civilization with some scribbles on it. I think the lid is such a neat idea and it is perfect size. You're a genius. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Oh no! Another great craft idea to try. Looks like fun though, and using scraps is such a nice goal.

  13. I love the bowl and the lid. I am wondering if I dare try one. It is such a cool idea and the end product is ever so nice. Yours turned out beautifully. Give yourself a big pat on the back.

  14. Very pretty bowls. I love your "lid"!

  15. How cute, especially the lid. I have 2 fabric bowls, but, I didn't make either one of them. Mine are well used.