- Arts and Design
How to Make a Fabric Bowl
What Can You Make From a 15" x 12" Rectangle of Fabric
One day a few years back a friend dropped by my house with a fixed-grin on her face and asked "You do crafts don't you? Would you like to have some of my left over fabric?" As a true fabric-holic the mere thought of taking any material to the dump made me break out in a cold sweat. One look at the left-over fabric in question and I was hooked. My friend makes beautiful custom draperies so her left over fabric was a treasure trove of drapery and upholstery fabric sample books, over 100 of which have ended up in my crafting room.
She left me that day with a wave of her hand saying "Whatever you can't use just take to the dump." I've spent the intervening years pulling apart the books, running all the different fabrics carefully through my fingers as I remove bits of paper and glue from them. Each time I do I find a different project that I can see these pieces would be good for.
My First Acceptable Fabric Bowl
A Fabric Bowl of Course
Making a fabric bowl sounds easy enough, right?
Realistically all you need to end up with is a round shape that stands up by itself and is firm enough to hold things inside. As you can probably guess, my first attempts didn't quite turn out the way I had intended. I've never been one to give up without at least a bit of a fight however - something to do with my obsessive compulsive nature I'm sure. So after a few tries and lots of grumbling under my breath with a couple of "eureka" moments thrown in to keep me going I managed put together a fairly easy method that that results in a lovely fabric bowl.
Select a plate to use as a guide for marking a perfect circle on the reverse side of your material. If you're good with a protractor and compass then you could do without the plate but I find a large dinner plate is the quickest and easiest way to get a perfect circle every time. I use a large primary school type pencil for marking, along the lines of a carpenter's pencil with a broad tip because they tend to mark on rougher fabric like drapery or upholstery fabric more easily.
Sewing With a Little Bit of Fabric
Fold your circle in to half and then half again to get a quarter circle as shown. Give both the inner and outer layer a good pressing while they are folded and this will give you a nicely quartered pie when you open the pieces out. Use a ruler to draw in the pressed lines.
Mark your inner circle using a smaller round plate or bowl. and then cut a base of this size out of heavy duty interfacing other stiff material. I use the stiff interfacing like they have in baseball caps..
Divide up your "pie" into 8 pieces
Add An Interfacing Base
The Darts are Essential So Measure Carefully
Carefully Mark All the Lines Needed for Each Dart
Verify That the Base Line Matches Where the Dart Point Will Come
Time to Start Sewing
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Join the Two Layers Together
A Little Bit of Hand Sewing
Join the Two Layers Together at the Edge of the Base and You're Done
These little bowls are a great way to try out some of the decorative stitches that most sewing machines come with these days. I edged the bowl that was used for these photos with a metalic thread and a basic scallop shape.