How to Make a Fabric Bowl

How to make a fabric bowl

I was perusing YouTube when I came across this terrific project from Ae PooiM and thought to share it with you.  I just love fabric bowls because you can make them any color or pattern you like.  This project is a fun little fabric bowl that is simple to make but requires some hand sewing. You will become an expert at ladder stitch by the time you finish this cute little fabric bowl.  Ladder stitch is a simple hand stitch that anyone can do.  I will include a video to show you exactly how to do it  so that your bowl comes out perfect.

I used basic cotton fabrics for my fabric bowl that I purchased at JOANN Fabric & Craft Stores but you could head to Hobby Lobby, or to get exactly what you need for your project.  This post contains affiliate links that if you click on them and make a purchase I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.  if you like this project check out my bubble basket project.  

What you will Need: How to Make a Fabric Bowl 

What you will Need Fabric Basket

Step 1: Cut out your Fabrics and Fleece

Using the pattern piece cut 5 from the outer fabric

Cut the outer pieces


Step 2: Stitch the Outer Pieces

Using a 1/4″ seam allowance stitch the pieces together just on one side until you have a line of outer pieces.  Press the seams open.  

Stitch the sides
Stitched sides
Bowl side
Stitched pieces

Step 3: Cut out your Lining and Fleece

Place a piece of fleece that measures 10″ x 19″ on your work surface.  Lay a a matching lining piece on top of the fleece right sides up.  Then place your outer pieces right sides down on the lining piece.  Loosely cut around the outer pieces.  Pin the layers together.

Layer the fabrics

Step 4: Stitch the Layers Together

Stitch all the way around the outer piece through all layers using a 1/4″ seam allowance leaving an opening at the bottom for turning.  Flip the piece to the other side and trim the fleece only down to the stitching line.  Then trim the lining to match the outer pieces.  

Trim the fleece
Trim the lining

Step 5: Clip the Seam Allowances

On the first and last bottom seam clip a snip to the stitch line.  On the top seams clip the seam to the stitch line of all four seams.  Clip the curve

Step 6: Turn Right Sides Out

Turn the piece right sides out through the opening.  

Turn the bowl

Step 7: Stitch the Opening closed

Using ladder stitch sew the opening closed.  If you are unfamiliar with ladder stitch check out this video.

Close the opening

Step 8: Stitch Down the Seams

Stitch in the ditch down each of the seams using a coordinating fabric.  Since my fabrics are so different I used white on the top and red in the bobbin to solve the problem.  

Stitch along the seams

Step 9: Create the Bottom

Take the pattern piece and trim off the rounded part and just use the pentagon piece.  Create the bottom piece the same way that you created the larger outer piece.  Cut out the outer piece then layer it on top of the lining and fleece. Stitch around the pattern piece leaving the bottom open.  Trim off the fleece to the stitching then trim the lining to match the outer piece. Clip the corners.  Turn the piece right sides out.  Close the opening using ladder stitch.  

Cut the bottom
Layer the bottom fabrics
Trim the bottom fleece
Trim the bottom lining
Close the bottom opening

Step 10: Stitch the Outer Piece Together

Place the two end piece right sides together and slip stitch the pieces together through just the outer fabric only.  Open the seam so that it is flat.  Using ladder stitch stitch the lining together to make an invisible seam.  

slip stitch the outer fabric together


Ladder stitch the side

Step 11: Add the Bottom

Add the bottom exactly the same way the you stitched the sides.  Place the bottom right sides together and stitch using ladder stitch.  Then open the basket to the lining side and stitch the lining using ladder stitch.    

Slip stitch the outer bottom to the sides


Ladder stitch the bottom to the sides



How to Make a Fabric Bowl

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