With the wide variety of fabric and embellishments in the stores, you can whip up easy-to-make fabric bowls quickly, inexpensively and personalised to any event or occasion. Once you make your first fabric bowl or two, you will be sewing these up in a matter of minutes. Aside from using them for decorative purposes, you could sew up some to give as gifts themselves, or use them to hold a gift.
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Things you need
- Sewing needle
- Straight pins
- Assorted ribbon, twine, or lace
- Bias tape
- Embellishments if desired
- Medium weight interfacing
- Measuring tape
Lay out the fabric on a flat, solid surface. Cut out two squares of fabric that measure 12 x 12 inches. The dimensions listed will give you a finished square bowl that measures 10 x 10 x 2 inches. By changing the dimensions, you can make a square fabric bowl in any size. Lay out the interfacing on a flat, solid surface. Cut out a square that measures 12 x 12 inches.
On a flat, solid surface, lay the first piece of fabric face side down. This will be the bottom of your fabric bowl. Aligning the edges, place the interfacing on top of this. Next lay the last piece of fabric, face side up, making sure all the edges are aligned. The piece of fabric on top will be the inside of your bowl.
Cut four pieces of bias tape, one for each edge of the fabric squares. Using the straight pins, pin the bias tape onto the stacked fabric pieces. Sew a seam along the entire length of all four pieces of the bias tape.
Cut eight pieces of ribbon, twine, or lace that each measure at least 4 inches long. Measure 2 inches from each corner and at that point sew a piece of ribbon onto the edge. For each corner you will be measuring twice. Once to one side of the corner, and then to the other side, both times sewing a piece of ribbon 2 inches from the very corner. Repeat with all corners.
From the same corner, tie two of the ribbons together into a bow. Repeat with all four corners. With all four corners tied, use the iron to define the fold in the fabric.
Tips and warnings
- Always use proper precautions when working with needles, straight pins, irons and scissors to ensure you do not cause injury to yourself or those around you.
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