Fabric Bowls

I recently started a Modern Quilt Guild in town- Gainesville Modern Quilters and yesterday we had our first FREE member-taught workshop!  I love the idea of having members of the guild teach each other without anyone having to pay for anything. We are a super laid-back guild with no executive board, no dues, etc.

Two of our members taught us how to make fabric bowls yesterday afternoon and let me tell you….. these suckers are addictive!!

….and yes, I have added this to my list of video tutorials to do.  I have a few other things on my plate right now but I’ll get to it as soon as I can.…. wait no more, the video tutorial is live HERE.

You only need a few supplies and a sewing machine that can handle sewing through the bulk. This is also a great recycling/environmentally friendly project because its perfect for scraps!  Depending on the width of the cotton clothesline or filler cord you use you can use strips up fabric as thin as 1/2″ wide!  Don’t throw those scraps away, people!

This is the sample bowl I made at the workshop.  I chose to go with an oblong shape instead of a circle.  Turns out it’s even easier (and quicker) to start than the circle ones. It turned out ok. I made it out of only one fabric… some random remnant I had in my stash.  After getting the technique down I went home and made this baby…

Isn’t it cute? You may recall the fabrics from this quilt.…I always keep my scraps.  I also used a variegated thread and I think that really adds a little something else to solid (or almost solid) fabrics.
I love these little bowls.  Each of the ones I made took up only 6 yards of 100% cotton filler cord that I bought at Joann’s.  You can make really little ones for jewelry or storing knick-knacks or great big ones for bread, fruit, or decorative bowls….. oh, so many ideas!
Video tutorial on these fabric bowls coming soon! are HERE!

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14 Responses to Fabric Bowls

  1. Sandy March 14, 2011 at 2:22 pm #

    Yay… I have been wanting to make one of these for the longest time… cannot wait for your tutorial!!
    P.S. Congrats on Baby #2!

  2. Mrs. Sassy Crafter March 14, 2011 at 3:56 pm #

    can’t waaiiitttt!!!!

  3. ga447 March 14, 2011 at 4:10 pm #

    I only have heard positive things about these bowls. I was at my LQS and a women brought six bundles of the cord, made Halloween bowls for people.

  4. Andrea M March 20, 2011 at 3:01 am #

    These look totally awesome. I have ALWAYS wondered how to make them. To me, they have always looked like some super old fashioned thing that maybe the pioneers made. I look forward to learning how to make them. I hope that they are really as easy as you thought that they were. I usually end up teaching my church ladies various projects and things and I know that they would LOVE to learn this. Thanks for everything. You are the BEST !

  5. Chris March 28, 2011 at 1:56 pm #

    That looks a lot like braided rugs. I bet you could use the same idea and make a rug. Will be watching for the tutorial 😀

  6. Jill May 3, 2011 at 3:32 pm #

    Cant wait for the tutorial of this !!!!! I cant find any good ones for these bowls and I know yours will be the best!!!

  7. Flutterbys and Fowers! May 5, 2011 at 10:42 pm #

    Can’t wait for the video. I want to try making one for my kitty to snuggle in:) Is the video out yet? Thanks so much.

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  11. Grisel Martinez August 29, 2015 at 10:10 pm #

    I believe you had the video up a few weeks ago — I went and purchased the cord to try and make this and the video is unavailable……it says ERROR this page cannot be found. Please let me know when you put it up again. Thanks…..Grisel from Brooklyn, NY.

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      Vanessa Vargas Wilson August 30, 2015 at 2:51 am #

      Thanks for the heads up. I just fixed the link. Have fun!

      • Grisel Martinez August 30, 2015 at 3:41 pm #

        Thank you sooooo much.

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