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« on: February 14, 2009 11:43:23 AM »

I made these fabric bowls using a tutorial I found here: CraftStylish tutorial!

I found it incredibly easy and fun to follow.  Time consuming, but fun.  Cheesy

I made both of these bowls for superhooker for the Old Fashioned Random Swap.  I made two different sizes, and different colors.  Wow, typing these intros to posts is sure painful!  Smiley  Also excuse the photography... unfortunately my house is situated under a bunch of trees, which isn't great for photo lighting.  I did my best!

Anyway, here are some finished pics:


Inside of green bowl

Outside of green bowl

Inside of rainbow bowl

Outside of rainbow bowl

Close-up of my favorite part of the rainbow bowl Cheesy


And just for kicks, this:

Became this:

which was only part of the BOTTOM of the bowl...


I used 10 yards of cord for the green bowl.  I used about 75-80 feet (~25 yards) of 1/2-3/4" strips of fabric sewn end-to-end.  I used green thread.  Yay green!

For the rainbow bowl, I used 18 yards of cord for the rainbow bowl, and about 140 feet (~45 yards) of fabric strips sewn end-to-end.  I used rainbow variegated thread for this bowl.

The best part is that I did not buy any fabric for these bowls.  I have TONS of scraps, and the shortest piece I used was probably 2 - 3 inches long by 1/2" wide.

Longest piece was a selvage-to-selvage piece of fabric in the green bowl, so 44 inches long.  It ended up being barely 20 inches on the finished piece after coiling.  Smiley

Edit to add from a later post of mine:

I used a 100% cotton cord from JoAnn fabrics.  I found it in the window treatment section... I think it's used for Roman shades and the like, but I thought it would work well for this because it's nicely round instead of braided.  It's 6/32" thick.  29 cents per yard.  Dirt cheap.  Grin
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« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2009 11:56:20 AM »

I love these bowls!  They look fantastic.  I've already bookmarked the tute for use in the future, thanks for the link.  I noticed in the tute that she just sort of folded each new strip in before sewing it, you mention that your strips were sewn end to end, did this make it easier?


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« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2009 12:06:52 PM »

I would sew a long line of strips and coil them, then an inch and a half or so before finishing it up, tuck the new long strip under and keep going.  It holds itself in place well enough and it's easier than stopping every couple of inches to start over. 

I hope that's sort of clear. 

The best part is that I did not buy any fabric for these bowls.  I have TONS of scraps, and the shortest piece I used was probably 2 - 3 inches long by 1/2" wide.

So let me see if this is a little more clear...

Piece A (5 inches of blue fabric)
Piece B (9 inches of purple fabric)
Piece C (2 inches of orange fabric)

sew A to B, B to C, on and on, until you've got a looooong strip (8-10 feet long?) and coil it around, until you've got about an inch and a half left uncoiled.  Then stick a safety pin through it to keep it from unraveling, like you see I've done in the photo above.  Then start sewing another loooooong strip of fabrics, and when you're content and want to coil them around, you just tuck the first end of the SECOND strip you've sewn under where the safety pin sticks through the first part that is already coiled, and take the safety pin out, then continue coiling. 

Does that make sense?  Smiley

Edit: Just added a little snippet of this to the first post.
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« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2009 12:51:20 PM »

thanks for your notes too!

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« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2009 01:56:43 PM »

Gorgeous, I would love to get these!! I remember my Gram using one she made as fruit bowl for years.

I love the large rainbow one!


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« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2009 01:59:55 PM »

wahoo!!!!! great project and i like website that you got it from....just spent the last hour going thru it...lol. you did a fantastic job and i love the colors you used! post again if you make more!!

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Im definatly saving the tute for these! those are great

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« Reply #7 on: February 14, 2009 06:00:55 PM »

Gorgeous!  I love the rainbow one, but they all look great.

Definitely worth trying to make.  Thanks for the link.

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« Reply #8 on: February 14, 2009 07:09:41 PM »

You're all so very welcome!  Cheesy  I don't remember where I found the tute... possible craftzine's blog, but I could be wrong.  At any rate, it's a simple project, just time consuming.  But very fun!  I'd love to try to make a vase or something, but it'd have to be oversized because the smallest part still has to be larger than the ...thing of the sewing machine.  You know, the thing.  That ... thing.  Cheesy

So I'm not great with technical terms.  Psch!

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« Reply #9 on: February 14, 2009 07:40:55 PM »

That is really lovely!!  I'm sure Superhooker loved it!!  It's such a neat idea and could be easily used to make some fun placemats or maybe a rug.  LOVE!!

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