Wednesday, 8 February 2012
DIY Fabric Scrap Bowl
A while ago, I was browsing at a home decor store and saw a neat fabric bowl that I picked up instantly and my inside voice said 'want!'. The price tag said 'put me down!'. I just couldn't justify paying for it when I new I could make this on my own. I decided to do a little digging around the www, and found a few variations of this type of project. Yay!
Want to see how I did it? You know the drill... follow along and I'll show you!
Cording / Rope
Gather up your fabric scraps. You can do a hodge podge of patterns, colours or you can keep it all in the same family. I used whatever I had. I would suggest using similar weighted fabrics.
Cut the fabric into 1.5 inch strips or so. No need to measure, just wing it. If you are doing a decent size bowl, cut a lot!
Scavenge or purchase some cotton cording or any type of rope. Mine was a plastic type rope from the dollar store. But really, anything with that shape would work.
Get your glue gun ready and start wrapping the scraps around the rope, working along the length of it. You don't have to glue the entire thing, but I would put a dot of glue mid way through wrapping the strip of fabric, then again at the end. Once you've finished wrapping the strip of fabric, tack on a new strip with a dot of glue and continue wrapping. Do this until you have finished the length of rope.
This is my fabulous fabric snake lol. It's 50 feet! Surprisingly, it didn't take me nearly as long as I thought it would. So don't be intimidated. If you want to make a decent size bowl, you will need quite a bit of length.
Load up some more hot glue. Coil up one end of your fabric rope and glue. Hold it flat against a work surface. Run a thin bead of hot glue around and keep wrapping the fabric rope to make the base of your bowl. Make sure to coil it tightly so you don't end up with gaps.
Once you have the base as big as you want, start working the fabric rope up the sides, then start coiling it upwards, gluing along the way.
Once you have it the size you want, glue the tail end in place, clean off any glue strands and you are done. Voila! You have a fabric bowl!
If you want to get 'crazy', you could coil it into a vase like this!
The vase was a section of 29 feet of a thinner rope (used the entire 29 feet). The other two pieces were made from 50 feet of slightly thicker rope.
A big one would be awesome for magazines or books by the bed. A small one would be great for hair clips or bobby pin storage... a medium one for mail by the front door even.