DIY Fabric Scrap Tutorial - No-Sew Fabric Halloween Bowls
No Halloween party is complete without whimsical and spooky decorations, and these easy, no-sew fabric bowls are the perfect addition to your festivities.
Let's face it, this holiday is all about tricks and treats. So why not step it up a notch and put some of them in these bowls. They can be used for wrapped candies, as well as fun small trinkets that kids love this time of year.
This project is also an easy way to use up some of those fabric scraps that may be cluttering up your sewing room.
So, if you are looking for a unique and functional Halloween decoration for your spooktacular party, why not give these bowls a try.
This craft is extremely messy, so cover your work surface carefully, wear old clothes, and have plenty of disposable gloves on hand. You will go through many of them. Depending on the glue you use, it should wash off of the bowls you have chosen as your mold, but it's a good idea to check first.
For my readers who like to see craft tutorial videos, this one has these bowls in it, plus 4 other fun no-sew scrap fabric projects!
What You'll Need
Luckily you will probably have most of the supplies you need on hand, but if not, they are easy to obtain.
(any length and width, in festive colors)
Larger piece of fabric for the lining
(big enough to cover the bowl)
(school glue works well)
Disposable bowl or paper plate for glue
(have more than one pair)
Bowls for molds
(make sure your glue will wash off so the bowls you choose for the mold don't get damaged)
To add a little more charm when making more than one bowl, use various shaped ones for the molds.
Step 1: Cover the Bowl
Using one or two pieces of plastic wrap, cover the entire outside of the bowl. Make the pieces long enough, and push the excess wrap up into the center of the bowl.
Step 2: Prepare the Lining Fabric
Once you've chosen the fabric you want for the inside liner of your bowl, cut a circle out that will cover the entire outside of the mold. I like to cut my piece a bit larger than needed just to be safe.
Step 3: Get Glue Ready
Place a generous amount of glue into a bowl that is deep enough to put the fabric into. For the glue, use an old, or disposable bowl for easy clean up.
Step 4: Prepare the Lining
I used 2 different methods to form the inside of the fabric bowls. I honestly didn't prefer one method over the other, so I have presented both of them.
- Method 1 - Dip the lining fabric into the bowl and work in the glue all over it. Then take it out of the bowl and squeeze out any excess.
- Method 2 - Using a craft brush, paint the glue on to the fabric.
I will say that with method 1 there was a lot more glue on the lining than with method 2, but that made it take a bit longer to dry.
Step 5: Shape the Liner Over the Mold
Here comes the fun part. Using your gloved hands, smooth out and shape the glue-soaked fabric around the bowl, tucking the edges under.
Note: When putting the lining fabric on, remember to put the right side of it facing the mold. This way the right side of the fabric will be showing when the bowl is done.
Set aside on a covered tray.
Step 6: Add the Fabric Strips
At this point you want to get a tall cup or something else that the bowl can sit on. That makes it easier to add the strips, trim, and dry.
Add the strips of fabric while the liner is still wet so they will glue together.
Using the craft brush, start glueing on strips of fabric, covering the entire bowl. Add plenty of glue, and brush it all the way to the ends.
Note: The strips should be added with right sides facing out so the outside of the fabric bowl will show the patterns.
Step 7: Trim the Edges
Gently straighten out the edges of both the strips and the lining, and trim around the outside to even up the lip of the bowl. I don't do this step very precisely. I think the jagged edges add a little spookiness to the project.
You can see how helpful it is to set the bowl on a tall glass for this step, and for the drying process.
Step 8: Dry
Set the wet bowl aside to dry overnight.
Step 9: Remove From the Mold
Carefully remove the fabric bowl from the mold. The plastic wrap may, or may not, come off easily. The project should be almost completely dry at this point, but I set it out another night to really dry.
Note: I found that my bowls slipped right off with the traditional school glue that I used. I did one with a stronger craft glue, and it was harder to get the plastic wrap off.
The Finished Project
Violà! Your party bowl is ready to use as a decoration, and fill with all kinds of goodies.
Good options for fillers, if you don't want to use candy, are spooky trinkets, like spider rings, themed erasers, or colorful bead necklaces.
Partygoers will love getting all kinds of fun things to take home.
Even though you are using non-toxic glue, I would not put unwrapped candy or snacks in these bowls. Plenty of hands will be taking out the treats, and you don't want glue getting on the food and making someone sick.
I am in love with these little bowls, and I'm thinking that these will be all over my house when Halloween rolls around this year.
Have fun with this project and Happy Halloween!
© 2018 Claudia Mitchell