Thursday, June 28, 2012
My dad's birthday came and went. I never know what to give my father and he's never any help with suggestions. I concluded that he might find use for some fabric bowls. Everyone needs containers to hold stuff, right?
the pattern is Nesting Fabric Bowls. i made the 4 smallest sizes. i got some natural linen at joanns and used DS quilter's quarters for the feature panels with kona navy for the linings. it's been awhile since i've purchased any linen. i was surprised to find it so expensive, even with a 50% off coupon. Does anyone have good online sources for linen?
This was my first time trying fusible fleece and decor bond interfacing. i followed directions to use a damp press cloth but i found that it didn't adhere well to the fabric at all. i'll have to try a different method next time. for the linings i decided to give the gusset triangle thing a go but for the outer bowl i went back to my tried and true "cut out a square" thing. i much prefer it--i find it a lot easier to line up the gusset seams and get a nice straight line. i used interfacing on both the exterior and the lining but next time i'd use a lighter interfacing on the inside. i'm happy with the heft of the exterior and how the bowls hold their shape but i'd prefer the lining to be a bit softer.
i can see this pattern getting a lot of use in my house. there are a lot of potential applications for these bowls. i've already thought about adapting it to make a new serger cover. the directions are very thorough so i'd highly recommend the pattern if you're inclined to purchase it.