Recently C&T sent the book shown below for my review, and included a package of Fast2Fuse in the same shipment. What’s a girl to do? I made a bowl!
Here’s how it went, in case you’d like to do the same.
The first thing I did was read the book, and this was important because the organization of the chapters is unique. Each step in the process of bowl making has its own chapter; e.g., one chapter tells how to make the outer shell, another chapter gives instruction for the inside of the bowl. There are multiple options for several types of bowls, which adds another layer of complexity and many more options.
The instructions are clear, but it’s important to have a handle on where the various types of instructions are before starting. Of course, with any project it’s important to read the instructions through first, so this is nothing new.
The author discusses options for various materials to stiffen the bowl. She discusses different fabric options as well, including special instructions so you can use directional fabric successfully.
I thought I’d better do the first one with non-directional fabric! Fast2Fuse worked great as the base for the fabrics. I hadn’t tried it before, and it made a significant improvement on my previous bowl making attempts.
The whole thing went together without difficulty in about half a day. This is the 9″ size, but the book has options for multiple sizes including an 18 inch bowl!
I enjoyed this project and, as noted above, it was easier to get right than my previous bowl-making attempts.
Here are links to information on the book and on Fast2Fuse:
Fast2Fuse heavy double-sided fusible. This comes in several sizes and in light, medium, or heavy weight. I used the heavy weight and it worked well for this project. I would choose it for structured bags in the future.
Note: The links in this post do not provide income for me; they are for your convenience only. C&T provides books and products for me to review, and I choose the ones I like best to present here.
How fun for you to have a go at these unique bowls. Yours turned out nicely. Hmm. You’ve got me thinking about how embroidered pieces could be turned into bowls. Thanks for sharing!
Yes, I see all kinds of interesting things made by my friends who have embroidery machines. Now I’m wondering about fusing a doily to fabric and using that as the outer layer of the bowl. Thanks for the idea!
Hi there! In looking at the website to buy the book I see there is an ebook option. Sometimes ebooks are not a good choice for crafts or cooking….Is there any reason you can think of that this particular book would be less useful in an ebook format? Thanks!
I fear this would be a pain in ebook format UNLESS there is a way to flip back and forth smoothly. Because the various sections reference each other (rather than repeating what was already explained elsewhere) I bookmarked pages and did a lot of looking back and forth. You might put your question to customer service at C&T; they’re nice folks. And send me pictures of your bowls!
The dotty fabric is delightful and the bowl is so neat!
Thanks! I’m happy to say it was easy.
Love your fabric bowl! That looks fun! Oh and those different fabric bowls on the C&T image – wow people got very creative!
It was, indeed fun 🙂