Wrapped Fabric Bowl: Easy Sewing Craft with Vanessa of Crafty Gemini Creates

Wrapped Fabric Bowl: Easy Sewing Craft with Vanessa of Crafty Gemini Creates

Hey it’s Vanessa from Crafty Gemini Creates.
And in this tutorial, I’m going to teach you how to make these really cool fabric wrapped
baskets. They make great little gifts, bowls. And I like to use them in my sewing studio.
This little one is a perfect size to put in your wonder clips, needles, and quick little
things that you want to have access to while you’re working on your projects. So a few
different things we need to have in place before we start working on this are of course
some fabric. I’m going to be using this fabric. This collection of 2 ½ inch strips.
It’s called Butterfly Effect by Benertex. And I’m going for a more monochromatic look
so we’re sticking with these blues or whites. I think these turned out really cute. Then
we’re also going to need some clothesline. And remember that there’s a link in the
description box below where you can find all the supplies that I’m in this video tutorial.
So we have that, we need this and then I also like to use the glue as well. This is called
Glue-Baste-It. And this is going to come in handy when I’m at the sewing machine putting
it all together. Now the first thing you need to do is get
your fabric strips. This project would look great scrappy as well. But if you’re using
the 2 ½ inch strips like I am here, just go ahead and press some out. I have it folded
the same way it comes off the bolt or off the roll like that. And I’m just going to
fold this up again in half. The good thing about this is it doesn’t have to be perfect.
You’re just going to cut them down into about half an inch to one inch wide chunks.
I like to keep it around ¾ of an inch and I find that that size works well for me. So
there’s one. I’m going to scoot my ruler over. There’s no measuring, just try to
keep a semi-straight line. And you want to cut up each one of your 2 ½ inch strips into
smaller chunks like this. So we’ll cut a few out and then we’ll head over to the
sewing machine to show you how we start putting them all together. And notice that I haven’t
trimmed off my selvedges. I just go ahead and leave them, especially for this fabric
collection. They work out fine because it has white in it and the selvedges are white.
It just, most of the time you won’t even see it. They get wrapped up in there while
we’re coiling everything around. Move these here. And we’ll cut up one more strip and
head on over. And this project, you can make it any size you want. We’re obviously, for
the purposes of video and keeping this tutorial not too long, we’re just going to show you
how to make the smaller one here. But I wanted to show you also the difference on when I
made this larger one. I just kept going a few more coils around and it starts to get
bigger and bigger. So feel free to stop at any size that you want to. Let’s cut this
strip up and then we’ll head over to the sewing machine. So once you have a bunch, or a big bundle
of your strips like this, you want to take them over to your sewing machine and grab
your glue and some wonder clips because that comes in very handy as well. So let’s bring
this one here. I have my glue baste it, a pair of scissors if you need to trim anything
away. So I’m going to select a zig zag stitch on my machine, right here. And then I want
to adjust both the stitch width and the stitch length. The stitch width is how wide the zig
and the zag go. And so I want to make it as wide as my machine will let me. So let me
go. This is the stitch length. So this one is the stitch width. So I’m going to bump
it up all the way up to 7.0 millimeters. Now the stitch length, I like to have mine at
about a 2.0. So that’s what I’m going to set mine at. Your machine may only go to
a 5.0 or 6.0 in the width but that will work fine. Just go ahead and crank it up to the
highest stitch width of the zig zag that you can. Ok so our machine is set up and I have, for
the small bowl, I have four yards of the clothesline, ok? So that’s what we’re going to start
off with. Now let me show you how I start it off. First I get my little glue baste it
and put a little bit on the end of the fabric. Oops. I’m going to start to wrap the end
of it. I’m putting it about halfway down and I’m just going to wrap it and then bring
it to bring this raw edge a little bit down and tuck it under. Ok? And then I’m going
to wrap it around like that so I have no raw edges coming out at the top. So let me put
this under my presser foot, wrap it a couple of times. And then I like to put it under
the presser foot so that the needle will hold its place. And I’ll show you the trick of
how exactly we’re wrapping this in a second. I just want to make sure I’m giving you
all a good shot here to see. So let me just pinch it down there. So you’re wrapping
so that as you’re wrapping, it’s overlapping. So notice from the previous wrap, it’s about
halfway here and as I come over, I’m not coming all the way over to get a gap, I’m
overlapping. You see how the last, the raw edge of the previous wrap is about halfway
down my strip. And you do that. So you go overlapping each one. And you want to keep
it nice and taut. And just keep doing that with your strips. So that’s the idea of the wrapping. So to
get started first we need to create a kind of a little line here to start zig zag stitching.
So I’m going to wrap a few more times. And it’s kind of hard for beginners to wrap
in a perfect round circle, so I like to teach my students to do it kind of start off an
oblong shape. So that’s what I’m going to show you all to do today here as well.
Ok, so grab my wonder clip and pinch it in place so I don’t lose that spot, ok. And
because we glued it and we pinched it down, it’s staying nicely. You’re going to bend
this down. Don’t coil it in like this. It’s kind of really easy tight to do it circular.
We’re going to do it an oblong shape. So let me wrap a little bit more. And the longer
the oblong, the easier it is going to be for you to stitch it down. The hardest part is
really like trying to keep the strips of fabric nice and taut on the fabric. Well once you
start stitching, it picks up real quick. Alright, so I’m folding it down like this and like
this. And once you start, you’ll figure whether you’re right handed or left handed
which way it’s easier for you to wrap it around in. For me it’s easier for me to
wrap it around in a clockwise motion. So I’m going to bend this here. And I’m going to
take my zig zag stitches all the way down to here, ok? Now make sure you have at least a 90/14 or
a 100/16 universal needle in your machine. If your machine is kind of like a lightweight
machine, it may not be able to handle this. So try it out on a scrap piece first, ok?
Because I don’t want you to mess up your machine. And then of course start stitching
slowly. Usually when we start it’s a little bit hard for the machine to feed through.
So I’m just lift it up and advance it a little bit and then it usually picks up from
there like that. Ok? And also set up your machine so it stops with the needle down so
it’s easier to hold your spot. So now with my presser foot down, my needle is in position,
and I’m just going to start wrapping and wrapping. Remembering to overlap the previous
wrap. And that’s why I don’t piece my strips together because as you can see this
is still quite long and I’m kind of throwing it over. And so it’s just easier to work
one strip at a time. But the glue baste it and wonder clips really help. So when I get
to the end, I’ll glue it, clip it and then start to sew from there. So it’s an easy
project. It just takes some time because you are wrapping the fabric around the cording
or the clothesline. And obviously the thicker the clothesline, the larger stuff you use
the quicker the project will whip up. The smaller it is the longer it will take. Alright, so we’ve come a good ways here.
And whenever you wrap it you’ve been keeping it nice and taut, just remember to clip that
wonder clip there so you won’t lose your position. Now we’ll start stitching again.
I’ve come almost to the end. And now the trick is, to lift up the presser foot and
bring this around and now we’re basically coiling it around, ok? So I’m bringing it
this way and do a zig zag stitch where the edges are meeting, right here, to bring that
down. Stop, turn it again and just continue to coil this around and work your way around
where the seams are, right, where the previous coil is meeting the new one. That’s where
you want it to turn. And just make your way around it. The good thing about this project
is that it doesn’t have to be perfect. It kind of has like a scrappy, raw edge look
to it. I’m using a coordinating thread by blue. But if you use say all one white fabric.
Imagine you made it will all something and used a, oops, forgot to put my presser foot
down. And used a, a contrasting thread or a variegated thread that would look really
great. And then I just keep working my way around. When I start to get kind of close,
I’ll wrap some more. And once you start doing this a little bit, you’ll get quicker
and quicker. And as you’re feeding it through the machine,what you want to keep an eye on
is that the center of the presser foot is lining up right where the two strips or where
the two wrap coil things are matching up. So that way you know the zig and zag is spanning
both sides. So previous one that you coiled and the one that you’re adding on. And you’re
going to do that until you have a decent sized base. And then I’m going to show you, I’m
going to continue to do this a little bit more. I want the bottom to be a little bit
bigger but then I’m going to show you how to bring it up. Bring the sides up so you
end up with a little bowl. So we’re going to add a second strip of
fabric and I’m going to switch it up, pick a lighter fabric here. Ok? We’re going to
go with this one. So once I have this one all the way done. This is the old one that
I’ve working on. I come to the end and I’m going to add a little bit of the glue here.
And I’m going to use that to finish coiling it around and wrap it into place. And you
can even add a clip there if you want to. I’m going to start the next one the same
way that we started. On the wrong side of it, add a little glue. And you want to overlap
the previous fabric strip so you don’t ever end up with any gap. And it doesn’t have
to be done in any specific way. You just want it wrapped, right, because it’s going to
be stuck down with all the zig zag stitches. So I’m going to pinch that there. And wrap
this a little bit of the ways down. Notice it works with strips that are narrower or
wider. Because this strip is about an inch wide. We’re going to get a lot of white
with a few pops of blue on there. I think this is going to look great. Ok, so now I have a decent sized flat chunk
here. I want to bring the sides up to create my bowl, right? Just like we have here. I
did a flat side here, nice and flat and then I started bringing up the sides just like
you see in this one. So that’s what we’re going to do next. Now to do that, it’s super
simple. I’ll show you how to do that. It’s super simple. There’s not really anything
you need to do other than lift this up like that. Ok? So you just have to guide it up
this way. The zig zag stitches are going to hold all the coils together. So we want to
lift it to start curving upwards. So let’s go. And the strips don’t have to be this
long. If you want to do a really scrappy project feel free to use strips that are a lot shorter
than these. But this is a quick way to use up those 2 ½ inch strips since they have
the width of the fabric, I think it’s a good manageable size and length to work with. Alright, so I worked it up. We have a nice
bowl right here. And now I’m coming around to the end right there. So let me show you
how I finish off the end. It’s similar to how we did it at the beginning. because we
just don’t want this fraying edge here. Usually what we do, by the time I get here
I’ve handled this so much that it’s a little bit kind of spread out like that. So
I’ll re-cut it so I have a tighter end to work with. Finish wrapping my fabric all the
way to the end. We’re going to grab our glue again, right? And this part you want
to get it as tight as possible. Alright. So I’m going to put quite a bit of glue here.
And then all the way to the end. So I have some glue here and I’m going to wrap it
around. I’m kind of wrapping it, did you see how I did that, it’s not right on the
end to the top edge. Because I want to bring some fabric down and cover that raw edge.
That make sense? So coil it around and bring it down. It’s a little tricky, but don’t
worry. If you can just pull it down and make it work, it will be fine. I’m going to trim
this little bit off here. Ok. Because you’re going to tuck it into the side here and as
you zig zag stitch it into place, it will be completely closed. So just grab it like
that, bring it down, and I’ll put a wonder clip right here. So you see how it’s going
to finish nice and neat. Now we’ll continue to do this as we come
around to the end. Take off my clip here. And instead of keeping it right at the top,
I kind of like get it to come in a little bit so it’s a little bit more seamless.
But you’re still going to have that lifted part there because obviously it’s a circle
and it’s going to end up one layer higher, right? Than the previously coiled round.
This is just a matter of preference when you get to this point. So if you’re just starting
off, just zig zag it into place any way you can. And I’m going to backstitch a little
bit here to secure that end. Alright. And there it is. A nice finished bowl. So we finished our bowl. Now we can head over
here and any little stray threads that you have. If you have to stop and change your
bobbin. Or you had to, you know, your thread broke. If you had to do anything like that
just go ahead and clean up any little stragglers that you have around here. Oh it looks great.
I really like the color with the darker at the top, darker at the bottom and the lighter
here. So you can see how different all of these bowls look. And they were all made from
strips from the same fabric collection. So that’s it. I hope you will all give this
project a try. I hope you enjoyed the tutorial. If you did, make sure to hit it with the thumbs
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83 Replies to “Wrapped Fabric Bowl: Easy Sewing Craft with Vanessa of Crafty Gemini Creates”

  1. Lovely handy little bowl, lots of uses, I'm thinking of colour coordinating with my bathroom decor and putting my favourite variegated soaps in it or potpourri. Thanks Vanessa !

  2. Super cute. Would love to try this but I can see it would be time consuming and I wonder how my hands would hold up. Thanks Vanessa for another wonderful tutorial.

  3. WOW! That looks Awesome great idea and it looks easy, a great way to use up bit of fabric! Thank you for sharing!!! Liz…

  4. I don't understand why you cut such small strips.  It is easier and faster to use the 2 1/2" strips as is.  You have more to grab and less wraps with the wider strips.  When you overlap you also have more fabric to overlap that covers better. The bowls go together the same way.  I have making these for over 15 years.

  5. I am having great difficulty viewing this video. For some reason it just keeps buffering. All other YouTube videos work. can you advise.

  6. So THAT's how you make those!!  I love it!! I must add this to my Bucket List of "Projects to Try Someday"!  Thanks for another fun tutorial.

  7. I think the width of fabric is a personal preference.  The bigger the cording the wider your fabric  strips

  8. Cute idea.  I have lots of strips to use which should make it very interesting.  Fun project to do in a short time.

  9. Love it!  Looks like it would be easy.  I would also try to make a rug, too!  Good way to use up those extra strips.

  10. I hope this isn't a dumb question… Does the small amount of glue you're using between strips gum up your needle or anything? 🙂

  11. I bet this wrapping the clothesline/zigzag together in a circle (but keeping it flat) is how you would make a rag rug or placemat.  Perhaps for a rug you would want to use a thicker thread like cotton quilting thread or something.  Or use the technique to make coasters! Great video:) You could also cut up old clothes or sheets to make strips, too, but the jelly roll strips are SO cute!

  12. Great tutorial, I have made a couple of these bowls from the first tutorial.  I will try to upload a photo, maybe can do that on FB.

  13. I'm so frustrated. Maybe it's the popularity of this channel but while I can watch other YouTube channels – including Man Sewing – I can't get these to load. What's up, YouTube?

  14. I've been making these for years, never used glue, just wrapped, but I think it's a great idea.  I like them for big coasters, just keep it flat and keep going until it's the size you want.

  15. Vanessa, thank you for your fine videos..They go FAST – and this is a good things.  Thanks for teaching us without being tedious.

  16. Oh no, somehow my brain & hands got confused. My bowl formation is under the machine throat. Hopefully it still comes together.

  17. Good morning Vanessa!. I really like the pattern from the bowels. I have bags of these scraps. Been wondering what next? To use them up. I was wondering, could the shellacked to protect from the elements for gazebo? Just a thought. I will be making plenty. Great gifts. Thanks so
    Much for sharing..

  18. growing up we had braided rugs on the hard wood floors…   must have been made in this fashion..  cute bowls for my swap partners

  19. Re: The ? about the brand of sewing machine being used.  The Juki is in her home studio…this is MSQC sponsored.  Which ever machine she uses is fine with me.  I love her tutorials…easy to understand and fun to do.

  20. I have made three of these bowls and love them.  but I am having an issue when I zigzag.  I have followed ur instructions  on changing the needle.  when I am zigzagging it will go fine then the zigzag doesn't keep going it misses.   is there something that you know that I may be doing wrong?  I even thought that because it is thicker like quilting that I took the pressure off foot and that didn't change.

  21. Please do videos on your new Elna embroidery machine. I have one, but the manual leaves a lot to be desired. Not much support. I think it is probably a great machine, but they need to train users & dealers.

  22. great tutorial, what if you want it bigger and you don't cut the right length of clothesline, how do you add more clothesline for it to be secure?

  23. Awesome! I love watching your tutorials. Your instructions are clear and the projects you choose are always fun 🙂 Thank you for sharing your passion!

  24. Thank you Vanessa…..I have made my first one and it came out perfect d/t your excellent communication skills……wonderful idea and excellent gift for anyone on your list…………I would say it is an inexpensive one but the rope is a cost……but what a wonderful end product.

  25. Just out of curiosity. where do you get your source of clothesline from?  I had to look really hard 2 years ago when I watched this video first.   I thought you might have listed it in your supplies, but I did not see it?

  26. and I say to myself ,what a wonderful world ,I'm enjoying your videos ,was thinking about this bowl how to hold my hot soup bowl.Thanks so much

  27. Last year I got frustrated with the wrapping so then I put a very pretty color thread in my machine and started zig zagging the same way with the cording alone with no fabric. Surprise I loved it.

  28. I have made several bowls (what fun), some large circles to use for hot things on the table, and I am making a bunch of circles that will be artistically arranged for an area rug. I find that make an actual rug is difficult unless you have a very large area that is all the same height. Otherwise, even the smallest change in surface the rug will not lay flat. If anyone has any ideas on how to do a flat circular rug, please let me know.

  29. Thanks for the tutorial. I used scraps. I also did all my wrapping first then sewed. It is much easier to wrap when not attached to the machine. I had a huge ball of wrapped washing line on the floor.

  30. I want to use some old plaid flannels to make one for my son. He needs something to toss his keys into.

  31. Thank you so much for sharing this easy little bowl,I love the colors you use and I love your technique good job crafty Gemini!

  32. Me encantan sus proyectos pero kiero preguntarle si esos cuencos los puedo hacer con estambres de tejer tengo algunos y kiero husarlos

  33. Love the simple technique of this project. I have so many remnants to use. Now I don't feel so bad about having not used all the fabruc😁

  34. Make sure to measure how high your presser foot raises before buying too big of a cord that you can't sew with machine.

  35. I like sitting in a comfortable chair, watch some videos and wrap my cording, then I'm ready to sew it together. After making a few, you can guess how much clothesline you need to wrap for the size bowl you want.

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