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« on: February 24, 2010 04:59:43 PM »

I whipped up these bowls the other night after seeing this post and I love them! They were fun to make and are satisfying to hold in your hands. They’re sturdy enough to hold things but flexible too, a wonderful combination.



One of my favorite parts about this is that I was able to use up most of my scraps, including long strips left over from a rag rug project I took on a few years ago. I used rope I found at Big Lots that was $.50 for 2o feet. Jason’s bowl (with the goodies in it) used one 20′ length of rope. I’m excited about making more and seeing how big I can go, but first I need more fabric scraps!


Another thing I think is awesome is how the thread color changes the tone of the bowl. I used yellow thread for the first two bowls but used a pink bobbin for the last, and it completely changes the attitude of the bowl. The other side of the pink bowl is sewn with yellow thread and the bowl can be turned inside out, making it a very adaptable object!



I love the things Jason keeps in his bowl: a fancy key to our New Orleans apartment, a king cake baby, a necklace from my bestie’s wedding, and a peppermint!


I can't figure out how to make them more bowl-like (less shallow), so if anyone has any tips I'd love to hear it! I just can't get the angle right to make the sides steep and still be able to sew it with my machine....

There are more photos on my website!
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« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2010 05:48:56 PM »

These are beautiful! I love the color combos!
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« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2010 05:49:51 PM »

these are fantastic - i definitely need to give them a go when i get some time!
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« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2010 05:55:17 PM »

Beautiful, I too love making coiled fabric bowls.

The way to get them more bowl shaped is to start turning the flat disc part you get in the beginning stages (when it is like 3 inches all the way around) turn that flat part at a sharp angle to the coil you're sewing on. Look at pictures 4 and 5 in the link to the tute you were following, you just have to keep the already coiled part at a steep angle to the coil you're currently sewing on and it will get steeper sides to make a more bowl like bowl. The lower the angle the less steep the sides of the bowl will be the sharper the angle the steeper it will be... not sure if that makes sense without pictures to show you. If it doesn't I'll try to take some pictures as I work on mine tonight to see if I can better illustrate what I mean. Either way though your bowls are beautiful and very functional!

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« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2010 07:36:35 PM »

very cute! I love all the colors..
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« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2010 07:48:23 PM »

i love how colourful they are!
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