10 Tips For Making A Fabric Bowl

Sunday, August 2

OK, so I am not an expert in making these fabric bowls. Yet. But I have made five of them and think I have learned something from each one.

Tip 1. Take the time to cut fabric on the bias. Sure it will take a bit longer but the finished look will be cleaner. You can thank me later. πŸ˜€

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Tip 2. Cut strips 1 1/4″ to 1 1/2″ wide. Saves on wrapping time. You can cover more of the cord with wider strips and not worry about them slipping off and uncovering the cord as you work.

Tip 3. Don’t waste any fabric. Sew smaller strips together before wrapping.

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Tip 4. To save on wrapping “preparation” time, you can sew longer strips together. Wrap them around your hand to create a nice circle and secure with a paper clip or binding clip, as I have done. Unwrap when needed.

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Tip 5. Use a binding clip to hold fabric in place every 6 inches. Even if it looks tightly wound around the cord.

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Tip 6. For a different look, mix or match up the strips. Sew several rounds with the same fabric/color. Then change up and sew several rounds with a different fabric/color.

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Or sew every other strip with a different color/pattern. Change up to see how you like the outcome.

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Tip 7. Be creative when ending the coil and work it into the design so it doesn’t stand out. (Here I used a crochet flower and a button to hide the ending.)

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Tip 8. Not sure how much a clothes line costs but I have to think I am saving money by using 8mm (thick) macrame cord. I bought 100 yards on sale for $5 and this is how much is left after making 3 bowls. (Photo showing a full roll and the left over roll.)

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Tip 9. Wind 2 or 3 full bobbins before beginning to sew. You will use two for sure. It takes a lot of thread.

Tip 10. Experiment with your sewing machine’s zig zag stitch before beginning your fabric bowl. Length and width. Make a note of which setting you like best. So your stitches will be consistent. I am not positive but I believe I am saving a bit of thread by spacing the stitches farther apart. Plus I like the look rather than smaller tighter stitches.

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So… those are my 10. As you make your fabric bowl, please do come back and share yours with us.


Go here for instructions to make a fabric bowl.

http://www.craftstylish.com/item/33825/how-to-sew-a-fabric-bowl

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11 comments on “10 Tips For Making A Fabric Bowl

  1. OMGosh! There really IS a Janome living at your house!

    • don_mae says:

      LOL!! Wait until you see what I am using to wind a bobbin. Since Janome just sits and hums when I try to use it. Got to take it in for repairs. Hard for me to let it go. Will be 2 weeks before I get her back, or so I was told.

  2. sisca says:

    Good Job,thanks for share.. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ visit my Blog Ya

  3. tmhHoover says:

    I know this is an old post- but it is very helpful. Found on Pinterest!

    • don_mae says:

      Hi there, thanks so much for letting me know. I didn’t know it had been pinned. Glad my tips are helpful. I had fun making the bowls. I think I made about 10 of them.

  4. Moira says:

    another oldie found and a good idea which I will use. thanks for the tips.

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  6. Love these basket/bowls!!! So fun!

  7. Anneliese says:

    Thank you for these 10 tips – I made already many of them with rising enthusiasm – but never tried strips on the bias. I will consider this for the next time.

  8. Alice says:

    Can you explain how you added the wood handles?

  9. LeeAnne P says:

    I find pinking the strips creates a better finished product. I bought a pinking wheel for my rotary cutter and it does an amazing job.

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