Saturday, October 27, 2018

Fabric Bowl

Every once in a while I get inspired to make a fabric bowl. This bowl is using up an ugly batik fabric that has a gold paint on one side and some random colours that are blobs. It's not good for quilting, particularly because the gold paint makes it stiff to handle, but somehow it drew my attention as a good choice to make into a bowl.

False start... terrible tension

I only have one sewing machine that has a zigzag stitch which is required in bowl making - my old Janome Gem. It has some issues with bobbin winding, the hand knob falls off regularly and the tension is frequently off. It should go in for repairs, but I forget about doing that until I want to make a bowl!
The first frustrating hour was spent trying to get the tension right. 

Starting to turn the sides

Then I realized I was building the bowl in the wrong direction to be able to make the sides turn up, so I flipped it over to continue and realized the tension was not as good as it had been momentarily! I was able to fix that again and decided to just push on.

Check back tomorrow to see how it all turned out!


Janet O. said...

Oh, it is so frustrating when the tension decides to do its own thing!
It may be an ugly batik, but it is making a pretty bowl!

Ada Plouvier-Kopitopoulou said...

What a good idea! At A & B Creating we get a lot of donations, and there are some horrible fabrics between the nice ones. I might start making bowls. I really like this bowls.

Created by Kathi said...

Can't wait to see your finished fabric bowl... I have some drink coasters made this way from scraps... where do you find the cording that goes in your bowls??

Carole @ From My Carolina Home said...

It is frustrating to have a machine not behave! Put it in your car so you can drop it off when you are out next so you can enjoy using it again. The bowl is going to be super.

Laura said...

I have a Janome Gem Gold...she sews very well, and I am happy with her. But I've never made a fabric bowl; it is on my someday list. I have the supplies; just need to make the time for it. Maybe I had better try it on my Janome 6500 though. :)

Vroomans' Quilts said...

I've taken a couple of classes on these bowls and mine always get lopsided. Coasters are all I can accomplish.