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Scrap Fabric Bowl

March 13, 2013

A friend had given me a shoe box full of postage stamp-size squares cut from vintage fabrics. Now for just the right project. Rather than stitch them together, I decided to layer and stiffen them into a scrap fabric bowl.

Have you ever had something so long that you don’t even notice it anymore? It’s been quite some time since I crafted a project using liquid fabric stiffener. Actually, it’s been years. While tossing out some bottles of dried up adhesives my eyes finally registered a couple bottles of fabric stiffener. They were so old I was sure they would be dried up. Nope. Great consistency and no smell. Perfect!

Preparing A Workspace

I found a bowl in my cupboards to use as a mold. To protect my work surface (a cookie sheet), I covered it with a sheet of parchment paper. The bowl was placed upside down on the cookie sheet and the outside of the bowl was covered with plastic wrap.

Choices, Choices

A variety of blue fabric squares were chosen for the scrap fabric bowl.

What To Do

I poured the stiffener in a small bowl and added a handful of fabric squares.

After letting them soak for a few minutes, I squeezed out the stiffener and completely covered the outside of the bowl with a layer of squares.

Each square was smoothed out with my fingers, turned in different directions and overlapping each other.

Warning: It’s messy, but worth it.

Since this layer would be the inside of the scarp fabric bowl, each square was placed face down so that the right side would be showing when the bowl was turned right side up.

Two new layers were added facing right side up.


Then it was time to let it dry. I don’t know about you, but I’m an impatient crafter. I like results right now. I figured with all the fabric layers it could take a day or more to dry.

No, no, no!

I set my oven to a warming temp and placed the cookie sheet inside. The scrap fabric bowl was rock hard 3 to 4 hours later. Something to note…if you try this method of drying, don’t set your temp any higher than a food warming temp. You do not want to melt the plastic wrap or brown the fabric edges.

Reveal and Finish

Peel the scrap fabric bowl off of the bowl used for a mold. To help loosen the hold, I inserted a butter knife between the bowls. Once released from the mold, I used household scissors to trim the edges. It’s thick and hard, so don’t use your good fabric scissors or you will be very, very unhappy.


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  1. Cyndee- It looks like you folded over the edge to the inside a little bit. I like this. I always hate to throw out even the tiny scraps of pretty fabrics

  2. This is just too Cute Cyndee!! I think I’ll have to make a set for my New Home~ Cyndee I also have to tell you that my Granddaughter just loves playingwith the Valentine Cookies I bought from you. My daughter says she bakes them everyday in her Kitchen(She received a Gorgeous Retro Play Kitchen for Christmas). Do you make any other ‘play’ food for children?
    Have a Great Day!!
    Huggs, Nancy

    1. Thank you, Nancy! I’m so glad your granddaughter is having fun with the cookies. I don’t have anymore food items right now, but I have been playing around with a few ideas. Just not sure when anything will be complete.

  3. How creative of you! I absolutely love the bowl! Thanks for a great tutorial. Found you on the Adorned from Above blog party….following you now!

  4. From one impatient crafter to another…I love it. And I know our readers would also love it on I hope you’ll consider linking up to the linky party we have going on right now!

  5. Wow that is a terrific idea! I thought you just covered a bowl in fabric at first–genius! Thank you for linking this up with Rustic Restorations Weekend!

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