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{Upcycle} Re-use fabric scraps to make pretty no-sew bowls

August 28, 2013 | Comment ( 5 Comments )
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 Are you like me? Do you just have scraps of fabric that you just can't throw away?…not just yet anyway. Here's a simple idea to reuse your fabric scraps and make them into simple and easy no-sew fabric bowls. These bowls are really very easy, and you could make them as a gift and fill them with something special.

Mine are sitting on my desktop at the moment and somehow have already been filled with little treasured bits and pieces. One is currently filled with buttons.

Here's what you'll need:-


- Scrap fabric- I cut mine into strips, but it should work with irregular pieces, just keep them small.

- cling film

- bowls

- Mod Podge, or some type of PVA glue. Found in most newsagents and craft stores

-Paint brush


Steps 1-3 for making easy fabric bowls by Red Brolly

Step 1: Turn your bowl upside down. Tightly cover in clingfilm.

Step 2: Soak your fabric strips in the glue until they are drenched all over in glue.

Step 3: With your bowl upside down, carefully place the glue fabric on top of the clingfilm. Use your brush to help you. I started with a strip going horizontally around the edge of the bowl first then, layered the strips going across the bowl. Make sure your strips overlap and criss-cross! We don't want any holes or weak sides of bowls. Another tip is not to make the edges neat, you can trim them later.

Step 4:Leave to dry for at least 24 hours.

Step 5: When the glue has dried, carefully remove the fabric off the bowl. The glue may still be wet on the inside, if so, leave a little longer to dry.

Step 6: When dry, use a pair of sharp scissors and trim back the overhanging fabric and neaten the edges.


 I think the bowl look quite pretty as they are, but if the edges look a little rough, you can place some fabric sticky tape around the bowl.


Here the bowls are without the fabric tape.


Fabric tape I hear you ask? Well, I know that you know how to make your own as I've shown you how in a previous tutorial ;-) But in case you need a refresher, there are tutorials here and here.


 Take your strips of fabric tape and carefully place around the outside edge of the bowl. Cut. Fold over the fabric tape to the inside of the bowl.



And Finished!! Pretty hey?


Once finished, I decided to make one using a old, tea stained lace doiley. Using the same method as above, by soaking the doiley in the glue and placing over a bowl, I was able to upcycle it into a pretty bowl.








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August 28, 2013 | Comment ( 5 Comments )
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      • Says Christine B.

        Hi Bronwyn! Hope you are feeling better! Love these little fabric bowls, I’m going to try making some when I find some time. Another item to add to the ‘things I want to make’ list! ;)

      • Says Lesley

        What a brilliant idea. I must try this. Hope yourrecovery is going well. I had the same op in 1968 and my scar is over 12inches long. I reckon the surgeon must have sneezed and the scalpal slipped. When I visit hospital nowadays and docs ask what the scar is, they seem to find it hilarious! Glad someone finds it funny! lol. Blessings

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