How to make fabric bowls…

fabric bowl tutorial

When I’m sewing at my machine there’s a lot of thread and tiny scraps being thrown around and it always ends up on the floor.  Though I love to vacuum doing it every single day is a bit much. I needed a thread catcher.  So off I went to my Pinterest DIY board for some inspiration.  I found this tutorial from Wedding Dress Blue and this one from A Spoonful of Sugar.  Here’s my version.  This is a fun project and I’ve made quite a few, they’re so useful and pretty!

supplies for fabric bowls

What I forgot to write in the above supply list is a dinner plate, the larger your plate (or any round template) the bigger your bowl will be. I used a 10″ dinner plate. My bowls ended up being 3 1/2″ to 4 3/4″ in diameter.  When you are done gathering your bowl you will measure the circumference to get the length of binding you will need.

First thing to do is iron your fabric.  Then trace around your plate onto your fusible batting and two contrasting/coordinating fabrics and cut out.

template for fabric bowls

use a dinner plate as template

2 fabric circles and 1 fusible batting circle

2 fabric circles and 1 fusible batting circle

Once you have all 3 circles cut out follow the manufacturers directions of your fusible batting and iron your batting circle to 1 of your fabric circles.

right side up when ironing fabric to fusible batting

right side up when ironing fabric to fusible batting

Now put your layers together, fabric then batting then fabric (right sides out!) and sew around the circumference.  I used my 1/4″ quilting foot to sew  1/4″ away from the edge and then I sewed around a 2nd time between my first stitch line and the raw edge.

sewing line

Next step is to gather the bowl.  Pull the two bobbin or bottom threads and form your gathers.  When you are happy with the size of your bowl tie these threads together to secure the gathering and trim threads.

beginning to gather

beginning to gather

finished gather

finished gather

Up next is to sew on the binding.  My bowls circumference measured 12 1/2″ so I cut my binding 2 1/2″ by about 16″.  Fold your binding in half length wise, wrong sides together and iron, also iron 1/2″ hem on one end.  Pin the raw edge of your binding to the raw edge of your bowl beginning with the 1/2″ folded end.  I stuck a length of rick rack in to add to it’s cuteness.

pinning binding

If you do add rick rack or another kind of trim make sure to tuck the raw end into your 1/2″ hem in the binding. Sew all the way around your bowl, I used a seam allowance that was just a bit more than 1/4″ to cover up my gathering stitches.  When you get to the end be sure to over lap your binding about an inch, back-stitch to secure.

first part of binding sewn on

first part of binding sewn on

Turn your bowl inside out (these bowls are reversible!) and blind stitch your binding down and create a beautiful finish.

blind stitch binding

blind stitch binding

Voila!  These bowls are fun to make and my favorite part has been picking out the fabric.

finished fabric bowls

trio of bowls

fabric bowls

fabric bowls


Give them a try and have fun!



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  1. How ridiculously cute are these?? I’d use ’em on my phone table for little bits and pieces (paperclips, Big Y coins…) They’re so sweet looking!

  2. WhipperSnapper says:

    Fantastic bowls, Jayne. My favorite one is the purple and orange!

  3. I LOVE these!!! Thank you for the tutorial!!! :)

  4. Bowls with 101 uses! I like your colour combinations.

  5. How lovely and thanks for the tutorial :-)

  6. How cute are these!!! And you make it look so simple!

  7. The bowls look very cute! And great pictures, by the way…

  8. These are really adorable, and I love how clear your photos and instructions are. I’m not that handy with making items from fabric or other things, like yarn, but I sure think these would be so cute with a little inserted plastic bowl and a plant added! Since I’m a plant person – Cathy Testa (Beautiful site too!) :)

    • Thanks Cathy! That’s a great idea, plastic liners. These bowls would look so sweet with little African Violets in them :)

  9. Those are so darn stinking cute! Love that bird fabric you chose. I’m making pillows for my porch today and had the hardest time finding fun fabric that was not to trendy. Not sure I succeeded as much as just gave up looking for something better.

    • Thanks Pam, I always go for a fabric that I fall in love with, trendy or not. I’m sure you picked something gorgeous, you have fabulous taste!

  10. I love your rick-rack version. Darling!

  11. Cute fabric bowls! I love the blue one. That fabric is really cute!

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  12. These are fantastic Jayne, love the fabric combos too, wow! thanks so much for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!

  13. As others have said, these little fabric bowls are adorable! This is a great stash buster project. Great tutorial! I may have to make a few myself!

  14. These are super cute! I can see them in a bigger size to be used for all sorts of things! Even a cozy for warm rolls or biscuits in the kitchen or magazines or books in the living room. Great idea!

  15. Thanks for the feature Kim, love your party!!!


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