LESSON NO. 10 - FABRIC BOWLS  
                                                               By - Ellen Mason - JOY Designs 7/2004

This project is making a simple type of a fabric bowl that is so popular.  I have read and seen pictures of fabric bowls
designed by others and in making this project, I have used my own method and size for this class.    I encourage all of you to
either purchase the book by Linda Johansen, “Fast, Fun, Easy Fabric Bowls - OR - go to www.designsinstitches.net  and
purchase the patterns and designs from Karen McAuliffe (Kaz).   Karen has developed making fabric bowls in the hoop.   
You will see other fabric bowls illustrated.    A million thanks to both of these ladies who has brought us a fun project.    
(Project used with permission from both).


2 - fat quarters printed fabric (I used light weight drapery fabric)
1 - 4" X 9" piece solid fabric
Heat n Bond
1 - 10 inch square Timtex
(this can be ordered from http://timtexstore.com)
          If it is unavailable, I suggest using felt.
1 spool coordinating embroidery thread
2 bobbins filled with same as top thread
Fabric marking pen
Chalk pen ( if fabric is dark)
6" hem measure
Open toe foot
Basic sewing kit
Sewing machine with built-in satin stitch or zigzag stitch
Size 80/12 or 90/14 machine needles ( have extra in case of breakage)
Optional — cording or trims for edges
Iron and ironing board


1. Cut the following items:   2 pcs. - 10 1/2" square printed fabric; 2 pcs. - 10 l/2" squares Heat n Bond; 2 pcs. - 3 1/2"
square solid fabric; 2 pcs. - 3 1/2" square Heat n Bond.
2. With printed fabric and solid fabric pieces, apply Heat n Bond according to manufacturer’s instructions.   Do not
remove protective paper.
3.   Using a rotary cutter and cutting board, square up the larger fabric pieces to 10" square.  Curve corners if desired - see
Drawing A.
4. Fold the 10" square fabric pieces into fourths.   Unfold and using a chalk marking pen or a fabric marking pen that will easily
be removed, draw placement  lines on the fold marks.   You will need to use the center cross marks later.
5. Fold the small solid squares and finger press.  Place a straight pin in the center cross marks.
6. Place fabric squares print side up.
7.  Take one small square (remove protective paper)  and insert the pin into the center of the larger square.   Line up the
corners of the small square to the placement line on the large print square.   See drawing - B.
8. Pin together and then brush away chalk marks or if you used a marking pen, spray with water — wait until the marks have
9. Iron (to adhere) the small square to the larger piece.  (This is Side 1)
10. Remove the protective paper from the second 10" print fabric.
11. Place on the other side of the Timtex, press to adhere.  (This is Side 2)
12. Set up sewing machine, regular needle, size 80 or 90 needle, thread with coordinating embroidery thread, and bobbin with
same color thread
13. Turn item over (Side 1 facing up) and baste stitch around the small square.   This is a placement stitch.
14. Remove the protective paper from the second small square, place it on Side 2 but inside the baste stitch and press to
15. Change to an open toe foot – if you don’t have an open toe foot, use a foot that will accommodate the swing of a
wide satin stitch.
16. Test stitch on a scrap piece, using a 5.5 width satin stitch, then stitch around the small square over the edges and  basting
17. Using a corner of the small square, measure out 1/4 inch - place a dot - and draw a straight line to the outside edge of the
bowl.   You will have 4 placement lines.
18. On each line at the outside edge, take measuring hem rule - and measure ½ inch out on each side of the line and place a
dot.  Draw a line from that dot to the 1/4 inch dot.
19. With scissors, carefully cut out one of the drawn wedge.   See Drawing - C.
20. Beginning at the corner of the small square, sew a zig zag stitch (width .4) to connect the wedge sides together.
21. Then set machine for a 4.5 satin stitch and sew over the zig zag.  After doing that, change setting to a 5.5 satin stitch and
stitch over the previous satin stitches.
22. Continue this method until all four placement lines have been cut and stitched.
23. Finishing:   A.  Satin stitch around the edges.  B.  Apply cording or trims   C.  Apply lace
D.  Overlock

If you like doing this bowl, I hope you will consider making many more for gift items by using your own creativity.

Ellen Mason - JOY Designs

                                                  A                                         B                                       C