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Thread: First attempt at a fabric bowl

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    When I was at our guild's quilt retreat this past weekend, one of the members there (Carol Ann) brought some fabric bowls that she had made, which I found fascinating. She's made some beautiful ones, absolutely stunning. She's a wonderful person, one of those kind of people you just want to be around for hours and hours because she just has an infectious personality that draws you to her. Anyway, after talking with her a while and learning how she makes these, I decided I'd try one myself.

    So here's my first effort. I started it last night and finished it while ago. Probably took about 3-4 hours total, most of which is spent making the cord. You start with some 3/16" cotton clothesline cord and wrap it with 3/4" strips of fabric, gluing it along the way while you wrap the fabric in a spiraling down manner. When you get to the end of the fabric, you just glue the end down and then wrap on another piece and keep going. Then you start swirling the cord together in the center of the basket and zig-zag stitch it to hold it all together. I put a couple of handles on mine as well by bumping out the cord on either side.

    It measures 13" across by 3" high. I figured I could use it to hold notions and stuff in the sewing room, but you could use them all over the house to hold stuff. What do you think? I was pleased for my first try.
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    And here's a pic of the fabric I used.
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    What a neat idea! Looks great!

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    Oh Isn't this fun? I did a purse and a bowl myself with the same method. The bowl I made was like yours, but I made a flat lid for it and put a artsy handle to open it with made out of wood and cording.

    I love yours eddie. You did great work on it.

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    You did great Eddie!!

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    the bowlis really beautiful! I think another member posted a tute on this method on here somewhere. I wanted to ask who the manufacturer of your fabric is and where you got it! It is stunning and I just got a pattern for the Mini Bowtuck and am thinking oriental for it and I LOVE that fabric!

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    Thanks, everyone. :D

    Quote Originally Posted by MNQuilter
    I wanted to ask who the manufacturer of your fabric is and where you got it! It is stunning and I just got a pattern for the Mini Bowtuck and am thinking oriental for it and I LOVE that fabric!
    The fabric is made by Cranston Village and is from their V.I.P. line, but the selvage doesn't have the actual print name. I looked on their website ( www.cranstonvillage.com ) but didn't see the fabric on it in their VIP section. I bought it at Wal-Mart, though, so maybe you can find it there as well.

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    Eddie, your bowl is outstanding & colors are great for the upcoming Spring. Always loved flowers & roses are one of my favorites. I have used torn strips to crochet into rugs, but Honey Buns or fabric we cut ourselves could be used for rugs, also. I saw a tutorial on the Board also. It looks like a relaxing project, as you don't have to match up colors or patterns. Thanks for showing us your beautiful bowl. How is your collection of pin cushions going? They would look nice in this type bowl. TTUL.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheila Elaine
    How is your collection of pin cushions going? They would look nice in this type bowl. TTUL.....
    Hi, Sheila! I was thinking that exact same thing earlier this evening. :D My, how our great minds think alike, LOL! :D I think I'm going to use it for just that!

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    I would be happy if my 5th one looked like that, of course I would have to do my first one and get started to find out, I have looked for the cotton cloths line and haven't been able to find any yet.

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    Thumbs up! I love those bowls.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cutebuns
    I would be happy if my 5th one looked like that, of course I would have to do my first one and get started to find out, I have looked for the cotton cloths line and haven't been able to find any yet.
    Cute, I found the clothesline cord at Wal-Mart in the automotive/hardware area (not in the laundry area). It was around the rope and chain and stuff like that.

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    Very cool! I've seen these done, but this is one of the nicest ones. Any tips for doing the sewing? I always thought it would be difficult to "tame" the cording!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tootsie
    Very cool! I've seen these done, but this is one of the nicest ones. Any tips for doing the sewing? I always thought it would be difficult to "tame" the cording!
    The sewing was actually the easiest part. The cord is so flexible that it's really easy to sew on. And the feeddogs just pull the basket through while you're sewing that it's like all you're doing is just guiding it. I set the zig-zag about 1/4" wide so that it easily grabbed both rounds of cord. These are a lot of fun and very relaxing to do. I need a mindless fun project like this every now and then. :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie
    Quote Originally Posted by cutebuns
    I would be happy if my 5th one looked like that, of course I would have to do my first one and get started to find out, I have looked for the cotton cloths line and haven't been able to find any yet.
    Cute, I found the clothesline cord at Wal-Mart in the automotive/hardware area (not in the laundry area). It was around the rope and chain and stuff like that.
    I will have to look next time I go, I will put it on my list, and if it is on my list I get to buy it,

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    I like the mindless part of it,

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    Quote Originally Posted by cutebuns
    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie
    Quote Originally Posted by cutebuns
    I would be happy if my 5th one looked like that, of course I would have to do my first one and get started to find out, I have looked for the cotton cloths line and haven't been able to find any yet.
    Cute, I found the clothesline cord at Wal-Mart in the automotive/hardware area (not in the laundry area). It was around the rope and chain and stuff like that.
    I will have to look next time I go, I will put it on my list, and if it is on my list I get to buy it,
    Just be sure to get the cotton kind (poly reinforced), not the nylon stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cutebuns
    I like the mindless part of it,
    Yeah, I can be quite mindless when I put my mind to it, LOL! :D

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    Cotton, gotcha,

    I am good at mindless, now if you could come and do my hearts for me I would be most grateful. I will even bake you some chocolate chip cookies.

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    I saw that done at a quilt show I went to last year. I bought the supplies to do it, but I haven't got the nerve to try it yet. You have inspired me. I'm going to try it on my next day off.

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    very nice, I'll have to look for the tute unless you want to do one Eddie???? sure you do

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    Really cool Eddie! I'll have to try one of these after I get a little caught up with my "must..gotta do list"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie
    Thanks, everyone. :D

    Quote Originally Posted by MNQuilter
    I wanted to ask who the manufacturer of your fabric is and where you got it! It is stunning and I just got a pattern for the Mini Bowtuck and am thinking oriental for it and I LOVE that fabric!
    The fabric is made by Cranston Village and is from their V.I.P. line, but the selvage doesn't have the actual print name. I looked on their website ( www.cranstonvillage.com ) but didn't see the fabric on it in their VIP section. I bought it at Wal-Mart, though, so maybe you can find it there as well.
    Thanks Eddie! I think a trip to Walmart is in order today!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MNQuilter
    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie
    Thanks, everyone. :D

    Quote Originally Posted by MNQuilter
    I wanted to ask who the manufacturer of your fabric is and where you got it! It is stunning and I just got a pattern for the Mini Bowtuck and am thinking oriental for it and I LOVE that fabric!
    The fabric is made by Cranston Village and is from their V.I.P. line, but the selvage doesn't have the actual print name. I looked on their website ( www.cranstonvillage.com ) but didn't see the fabric on it in their VIP section. I bought it at Wal-Mart, though, so maybe you can find it there as well.
    Thanks Eddie! I think a trip to Walmart is in order today!
    If you can't find it then I'd be glad to buy you some at our Wal-Mart and send it to you. I think it was like $4.44 per yard and actually is one of the better feeling quality fabrics they have.

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    That bowl is beautiful. Our guild members are making boutique items for our quilt show in April. I think that might be a good seller. What kind of glue did you use?
    Lois

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