Welcome to the second post in the Fabric Friday series.
Last week I promised that I would be back each Friday to show you some fabric projects, tips and ideas – yay! I managed two in a row!
Since then I have had a number of you contact me to say that you are new to sewing and need simple to make ideas; some of you also asked for details on how to make the fabric bowls that I showed you last week.
So, Fabric Friday 2 ticks both of those boxes with a walk-through on how I make the fabric bowls.
Firstly, in time honored tradition I should let you know what you will need to make this project.
What You Will Need
- Sewing Machine – nothing fancy, it’s all straight stitch for construction.
- Pins – not many, just enough to hold the fabric in place.
- Scissors – sharp!
- Iron/Ironing Board – Ok, I know that most of you will shudder at the thought, but it’s for creative purposes, not the dreaded chore.
- Standard Quilting Cotton – for this walkthrough I have used some Robert Kaufman fabric, but you can use your fave. I would however recommend choosing a random pattern style as those with a directional print might not turn out the way you had hoped. It’d probably be even easier to start this with block colour as then you don’t have to worry about that at all :)
- Vilene 305 Firm White Iron On Interfacing – this gives your project stability and rigidity.
- Thread – you can either match it to your fabric or make it a design feature to stand out against the fabric.
How To Do It
Start by cutting two squares of fabric and two squares of fusible interfacing, all the same size.
For this walk through I used 8 inch squares, but you can go larger.
Fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of each of the squares of fabric. Generally you are advised to spritz with water and then press. I generally ignore that and steam iron it. It’s just my way :)
Now, place both pieces of fabric together with right sides facing and pin in place.
You’re going to need to leave a gap for turning the project right side out so, as you will see in the photo below, I have marked this for myself by using two yellow pins, you can of course just mark it with a pencil or pen.
Tip: For corners, leave the needle in the down position, lift the foot and pivot the fabric.
Time to trim some bulk – no, I’m not talking about my recent exercise routine again, I’,m talking about the corners of the project. Trimming these off helps reduce bulk in the corners when you turn the project right side out – it’ll make them a little neater and easier to sew over in the next stage.
Press. This sets your stitches and also gives you a nice neat outer edge.
Tip: leave the needle down and pivot the fabric on the corners (yup, it’s the same tip as last time, but it’s still useful).
Using a quilters rule, or whatever, and lining it up with the top edge, measure in from the corner tip and mark a line that runs perpendicular to the top edge of your fabric – this can be 1″ for a shallow bowl or more for a deeper bowl.
Repeat for each corner and you are done!
This is what your bowl will (should) look like.
You can always skip sewing the corners and instead use eyelets or some ribbon to tie the corners up.
If you don’t like the pointy corner look you can always push these in and glue or stitch in place to make them an attractive feature of the bowl – here’s a variation on my bowl in the gluing phase – I used quilters clips to hold it whilst it was drying.
… and here is what it looked like when it had dried.
– it almost has the feel of origami don’t you think?
The amount that you measure in from the corner point will dictate the depth of the bowl. Varying this will create a different – here’s one that I did with a much deeper edge.
Anyone else thinking of old men by the beach with a hanky on their head? Lol :)
Back to the plot …
You can start with smaller or larger squares of fabric/interfacing, just make them all the same size to start with.
I’ve not tried it yet, but you could always start with a rectangle as it’s the same process for any four sided shape.
Of course, you can try this in any fabric you like, it doesn’t have to be the same fabric on either side either.
You could even use plain fabrics and decorate it with applique initials or embroidery designs perhaps.
Here is a little gallery of some of the other bowls that I created.
Well, I hope that you have enjoyed this little foray into my world of sewing and will have a go at making some of these for yourself.
If I haven’t explained anything well enough, or you have any other comments about this post, then please feel free to use the comments section at the bottom of this page.
Thank you for reading. I look forward to seeing what you make.
See you again soon.