Fabric Bowls

for  DK Publishing

Create stylish bowls from your fabric stash! Not only is this a great way to get organized, but you can also reverse the bowls for a whole new look.


  • Two contrasting or coordinating fat quarters, one light and one dark
  • Medium-weight interfacing, 9-1/2 square
  • Fusible web, 13”x19”


  • Quilter’s ruler
  • Rotary cutter with cutting mat
  • Sewing machine with matching thread

Basic Supplies

  • scissors, iron with pressing cloth and pressing surface, large coin or other circle template (optional)
  • Size
  • 1. Fabric bowl is 9" square.
  • Note
  • 1. Sew using zigzag stitch unless otherwise stated.
  • Fabric Bowls
  • 1. Iron all fabrics to ensure there are no fold lines or wrinkles. Cut one 9-1/2" square and one 3-1/2" square from each fat quarter. Cut one 9-1/2" square from interfacing. Cut two 9-1/2" squares and two 9-1/2" squares from fusible web.
  • 2. Place large square of fusible web on wrong side of large fabric square; press to fuse. Repeat for second large square.
  • 3. Following manufacturer's instructions, place one fused square onto interfacing and carefully press from inside outward, ensuring there are no wrinkles. Repeat, using second fused square on other side of interfacing, creating "sandwich."
  • 4. Trim sandwich to 9" square. If rounded corners are desired, use coin or other circular object to mark corners evenly and carefully cut away excess.
  • 5. Place small square of fusible web on wrong side of small fabric square; press to fuse. Repeat with second set of small fabric and web squares. Trim each piece to 3" square. You now have three pieces: a large double-sided sandwich and two small single-sided square base pieces.
  • 6. Measure and mark horizontal and vertical lines in center of light side of large sandwich. Place one small square on large sandwich, matching points of small piece to marked lines on sandwich. See Figure 1. Fuse in place. Using zigzag stitch, sew around outside of small square, but as close to its edges as possible. This will help with placement of second base piece. Turn sandwich over and fuse second base piece in place, using square just sewn as guide.

    Figure 1
  • 7. Cut darts to shape bowl. On either side of horizontal and vertical marked lines, mark 1/2" from line on outer edge of sandwich. See Figure 2. Mark 1/4" away from each corner of small square, along vertical and horizontal lines. Join up marks with marks on edges for darts. See Figure 2. (Note: Adjust dept of bowl by changing dart size.)

    Figure 2
  • 8. Cut away one dart only using sharp scissors. If all darts are cut at this stage, distortion and fraying may occur during sewing.
  • 9. Sew over each dart seam and rim of bowl twice. Set the first pass stitch width slightly smaller than second pass stitch width, since second set of stitches will need to cover first set. First, set machine to narrow zigzag stitch and medium stitch length. Practice stitches and tension on cutaway piece before sewing the bowl to ensure the sewing is right.
  • 10. Beginning at first cut dart, sew around small square base. Upon returning to starting point, gently pull sandwich together, butting cut edges of dart against one another. Sew out toward rim of bowl, covering seam and sewing two butted edges together.
  • 11. Repeat, cutting out and sewing next dart in same way; then final two darts, each in turn. Finally, sew around rim. Set machine to slightly wider zigzag stitch and short stitch length to create satin stitch. Practice on scrap to check tension and stitch size are correct and will cover first set of stitches. Neatly sew over all seams again, first sewing darts, then around small square, and finally around rim. Secure all thread ends.
  • Tips
  • 1. Two fat quarters of fabric will make two bowls and leave plenty of scrap to use for other projects
  • 2. Because the bowls are not rigid, they are reversible. Simply press on the center to invert the bowl the opposite way.

    Reverse side
  • 1. Photographs and text reproduced by permission of DK, a division of Penguin Random House from QUILTING: Patchwork & Appliqué. ©2014 by DK. All rights reserved.