Fabric Bowl – Change the Sewing Lane

Hi Readers!  It is that time again; i.e., it’s time to cleanse the sewing palate, so to speak.  By that, I mean that after sewing clothing continuously, it’s refreshing to make a quick, cute item. It just puts an extra spring in my step to change the sewing lanes for a little while. 

Come down from the shelf, you guys….

Enter the fabric bowl. These books have been sitting on my bookshelf for years, and I made just one project featured therein.  Shame. So here is my fabric bowl, which I love — it’s just asking you to put car keys, wallet and a mask in it, isn’t it? 

Not perfect, but I love it 🙂

While I will not violate the author/designer’s copyright by divulging the book contents, I will add some tips here should you want to make a fabric bowl.

= Prep with a full thread spool and full bobbin, and be prepared for much satin stitching. Be prepared to go over the satin stitching if it looks sad, as I did on the outer perimeter.

Edges are too pokey….
Second round of satin stitching around the edge. MUCH BETTER!!!!

Needle size – is an anomaly — with the thick layer of Peltex or Timtex (the recommended stiff, interfacing) the expected needle size would be a large (thick) needle. But no, the book recommends a small (thin) needle; the reason given is that the smaller needle will make smaller holes. I totally get it — with so much sating stitching means a lot of needle pokes in the Peltex (or Timtex) and fabric. That situation is to be avoided. 

Well, I’ll share a tip from the author anyway. To keep the outer satin stitching neat looking, hold a cording at the outer edge to be enclosed at the outer edge of the sating stitch. This gives it a crisp look; I used perle cotton that was languishing in my thread stash. Worked well!

Perle cotton enclosed in the second run of the satin stitched edge

Not that the bowl is meant to be an heirloom item — if it messes up, throw it away and start another one. Or, if the error is on the bowl edge, cut it back all around and start finishing the edge again – a lower pitch to the bowl, but it beats other corrective options. 

Here’s a bonus share!   If you use Instagram or Twitter, be sure to follow @KateStrasdin.  She is a fashion historian from England, and her posts are a delight to behold.  I am sharing this 1860s “pumpkin” dress from her recent post, the dress being from the KSU Museum. When I looked closely — what seemsed like a lace drape, is actually embroidered on; like trompe l’eoil. 

Have a great week, friends! Until next time…


2 thoughts on “Fabric Bowl – Change the Sewing Lane

  1. Interesting use for fabric, Samina, and I enjoyed learning about the stiffeners that make this bowl possible.
    Thank you for the tip on Kate Strasdin: the embroidered drapery is fantastic (and I LOVE the color of the gown — orange is a favorite of mine, and so surprising in an evening gown!)

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    1. Glad you liked the bowl, Joan! It’s kind of addictive — you can’t make just one. Isn’t the orange gown gorgeous? I went back several times and stared at the embroidery.

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