Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Make Your Own Fabric Bowl

I stumbled upon this project over at Geta's Quilting Studio.  She quilted herself a bowl... and since she offers the template for the shapes, I thought I would do something similar.

For my bowl though, I used plastic canvas, some fabric (fat squares, less than $1 each, awesomeness) and some embroidery floss.

I cut out the template shapes...

And then I used the templates to cut the shapes out of the canvas.

I trimmed them up a little smaller so the fabric would work... you'll see.  I cut out fabric to cover the canvas.

And then, I glued the fabric to the canvas.  In hindsight, I would have glued a bit more in the center, for a reason you'll see in a minute.

Once I glued one side, I glued the other, folding it over so it would look all pretty.  I held the second side of the fabric in place with paper clips.

Once that was done, I laid the pieces out to make sure they were all lined up. Doesn't it look like a pretty flower?

Once I knew the placement, I used the embroidery floss and stitched up the sides to the center.  This was the part that gave me trouble... because I glued at the ends, I had to sew through the hot glue.  If I had glued near the middle more, this part would have been a bit easier.  

I left the ends untied and threaded them through after I gave them a good tightening.

And then it was done.

Oh, and it's reversible!  Is that not awesome?  I didn't take a picture of it reversed because I'm a silly-face.  This whole project was less than $3!  What do you think?

Thrifty Crafty Girl
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  1. I can't believe my good fortune! My 87 year old neighbor just gave me a ton of those plastic canvas things and I had NOOOOO idea what to do with them! Now I do! Thank you for posting this! These are really cute!

  2. I never heard of fabric bowls before, this is a really neat project! Thanks so much for sharing.

  3. As always, a great project! You make it look so easy!! Thanks for sharing

  4. So cute--love the fabric you used!

  5. Love the fabric. This is getting pinned so I can copy your idea one day.

  6. Awesome!! This is an incredible idea! I might have to try this one - thanks for the tutorial!!

  7. What a cute bowl to hold things like needlework, fabric scraps, or to give as special gift baskets! I'm thinking I'll make something for an adult Easter basket - or 4th of July. That's a lot closer

  8. Hey there!! I just added myself to your followers for support, and wanted to invite you to check out an awesome Modcloth giveaway I'm having!

    Hope to see you there! Thanks so much!


  9. Cool idea, will definitely pin this one.

  10. Adorable! Thanks for the inspiration!

  11. Thanks for linking up at Well Crafted Wednesdays! I love this idea!!

  12. I just found your blog from the Welcome Wednesday blog hop. I've just been scrolling through the first page of post and I'm in love!!! Yay!! I'm glad I found you. =)


  13. What a cool idea! I love it! I will be featuring it at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com. Grab my "featured" button.

  14. Love this..Now I know what to prepare for my Mother's Day~!

  15. How do you make the fabric balls?

    1. I did a post on that last week! You can find it here...


      It was so easy and was a good use of fabric scraps. If you make them, send me an email, I'd love to see how yours turn out!

  16. Beautiful idea! The pattern is one my grandmother used for a quilt she made me, so it brings up warm feelings! Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create! <3 Christina

  17. Very pretty! Now I know what to do with my itty bitty pieces of leftover fabric from my last sewing project! Thanks for linking up!

  18. That is such an awesome idea!! I love the fabric you chose and the shape! Thanks for linking up to the Pomp Party! Pinning to our Pomp Party board!

    Jill @ Create.Craft.Love.

  19. This is great! I'm with Melissa. Now I know what to do with my leftover fabric pieces that have just been sitting, waiting anxiously ;) Found you on the pomp party this morning :) I'm following with Linky!

    Have a great weekend and look forward to seeing more!
    Erika from Southern Belle as an Army Wife

  20. This is so cute! Looks great and you don't even need to get the sewing machine out!
    Have a great day
    Rebecca @ heronscrafts.blogspot.com

  21. Fantastic! What a great use for plastic canvas. It looks charming, especially with the visible floss stitches. Love it!

    Found you on Inspired by Felicity.

  22. What a great little project! So simple and very useful too!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  23. I love these!! They're so cute! You've been featured at The Little Giggler. Stop by and grab a button. :) http://www.thelittlegiggler.com/2012/05/some-awesome-features.html

  24. Featuring you on Facebook today! Thanks again for linking up <3

  25. Thanks for linking up! Amazing job on the bowl--wow!

  26. Such a fabulous idea! I saw your link on Inspire Me Fridays and had to stop by for a closer look.


  27. this is SO cute and unique! I love it...and never would have thought of this!

    I featured this on my blog today:

    And I pinned it too:


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