Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Coiled fabric bowl

So, I saw these instructions online and a little video here:
She makes these look so easy, if you're interested in doing this, check out her video.

This is one of CraftyGemini's bowls. SO CUTE!!!

This girl was so cute and I loved the baskets, so I decided to try my own.

I started with this 100% cotton rope (from walmart 3.00) and about 1/2 yard of this really hideous floral print that I'm pretty sure came from my mom's fabric collection. I seem to remember these being curtains at some point.
Cutting the fabric in about 1 inch strips, not being too exact. I found as I was wrapping the rope, that a little narrower strip may have been easier to handle. Also, when the strips were long, they were a little unweildy too, maybe cutting them a little shorter would have made it a little easier.
I cut about 30 strips and started wrapping. When you start, you'll want to cover the end of the rope so just fold it over and tuck the raw edges inside and secure it tightly.
When you come to the end of a strip, just cover the raw edge with the next strip and back track a little. when you have about 4 feet wrapped, stick a pin in it and its time to start coiling. I started a coil and when it was about 2 inches in diameter I started sewing.
Setting the machine to a very wide zig-zag with a pretty long stitch length, just start in the very middle and zig-zag across the gap to join each new coiled layer. Sewing, wrapping, sewing, wrapping.......
round and round...
Once the base was about as big as I wanted, I just tilted the whole thing up, and kept sewing. This creates the sides of the bowl. Building up and up.... wrapping, sewing.....

This bowl could be as large as you like, but I had limited time (the kids movie was almost over) so I decided to finish it off.
I found a remnant of a coordinating green and added 2 rounds. When I finished off, I cut the rope at an angle with about 4 inches of green hanging over the end. I twisted it tightly and it made a tapering effect. I continued to sew the twisted green fabric and back-tacked it a bit just to secure the end.

The end result is pretty cool, I could use this on my nightstand for my cell phone and keys :)

Some examples I found on the interwebs of what you can make with this technique (and a little more practice)



1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the pic-torial. Great job! I just made my first bowl after watching Craftygemini's YouTube also. Very fun! And your 'ugly' print looks great in the bowl. :)