Fabric Bowl

It seems like I have the inability to pass through the Holidays without some form of sickness. One year it was the flu on Christmas Day, before that it was a kidney stone on New Years. Add some sinus problems and the occasional pneumonia in there and you just start to expect it. Luckily this year it was only a head cold, so I still had the ability to eat leftover cookies and drink hot rum cider. However, being sequestered to the couch is not something I do well, and so I needed a project I could work on between sneezes and episodes of the Twilight Zone Marathon. These little fabric bowls are super easy and will utilize lots and lots of random scrap fabrics, yarn, and even some left over ribbons from Christmas presents if you want to get super creative; not to mention they are perfect for those days that you want to be productive but you just can’t get off of the couch.

Fabric Bowl Step 1

Gather your scissors, fabric, yarn, and a needle with a large and eye and gauge (a curved upholstery needle works best). Now cut or rip the fabric you want to use into long strips about 3/4″ to 1″ wide. You won’t know how many strips you want until the bowl gets bigger so keep the fabric handy.

Fabric Bowl Step 2

Cut the yarn to about 4 feet (this length might not last the whole bowl, but will get you quite a ways), thread the needle with it, and begin with a knot at one end of a fabric strip. This will be the starting point and the very center of your bowl, you will spiral out from here.

Fabric Bowl Step 3

Now start wrapping the fabric with the yarn as you go around, making sure to always grab two layers of fabric with each pass through with the needle. What I love about this project is that it’s messy and imperfect and each bowl looks completely different…so don’t worry too much about being precise.

* Twist the fabric a bit as you go and it will be easier to work with*

Fabric Bowl Step 4

Try and keep the bowl flat for a while, it will start to curve upward naturally as it gets bigger, but it needs a good base.

*Whenever you need to add a new fabric strip just overlap an inch of the remaining strip with an inch of the new one and twist. Once you’ve passed around it with your yarn a few times with will be completely incorporated.*

Fabric Bowl Step 5

Try adding different colors with each fabric strip.  I finished mine out at the top by wrapping the top two layers completely with the yarn and then passing it back underneath with the needle to lock it in place. Now you’re done! I wouldn’t wish this Cold on anyone, but if you should find yourself laid up on the couch surrounded by Kleenex this just might brighten your day:)