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How to Make Fabric Bowls for Fall

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Fabric bowls look soft to the touch, but are actually hard and can function as decorative bowls. I’ll show you how to make fabric bowls the easy way!

How to make fabric bowls for fall

It’s a new month which means it’s time for a new monthly DIY challenge!

I’m so excited to be teaming up with some great bloggers this month for a fall challenge. Fall is my favorite month to be creative! A huge thanks to Terrie from Decorate & More with Tip for hosting these fun monthly challenges.

If you’re here from A Vintage Flare Farmhouse, welcome!

Fall Challenge

When I saw the theme for this month’s challenge, I knew exactly what I was going to make – fabric bowls.

I just love the look of fabric bowls. They look like they would be so soft when you touch them, but they’re actually hard to the touch and can function as an actual decorative bowl.

This is very similar to paper mache bowls, however, it’s using fabric scraps instead. Fabric bowls have such a unique texture and look so pretty sitting on a shelf or dresser. They’re perfect for holding anything not food-related such as jewelry, paper clips, or small bowl fillers.

Let me show you how to make fabric bowls and after my DIY tutorial you’ll find links to some more great fall DIY ideas.

How to make fabric bowls

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What you need:

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What you do:

Step 1: The first thing you do is blow up the balloons. You’ll need one balloon per bowl. Don’t blow them up too big unless you want big fabric bowls.

blow up the balloon

Step 2: The next thing you need to do is cut your fabric into squares. The exact dimensions are not important, but somewhere between 3 and 7 inches is good.

fabric scraps

Step 3: Place your balloon inside a paper or plastic cup so it’s easier to work with and so it doesn’t roll around.

Add a generous layer of Mod Podge to the top of the balloon with a sponge brush. Place a layer of fabric over the Mod Podge. Make sure the good side of the fabric is facing down for this section. This will be the inside of the bowl – the part you’ll see.

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Step 4: Add another generous layer of Mod Podge over the fabric, then place another piece of fabric on top. I put my next fabric layer opposite of the first piece.

Step 5: Keep adding Mod Podge and fabric layers until you get a thickness you like. Two of my fabric pieces were thick and the rest were thin so I did 5 layers total. End with a layer of Mod Podge.

The number of layers you choose will determine the thickness of the fabric bowls. I would recommend at least 4 layers, but you can go all the way up to as many as you want. Also, keep in mind the thickness of your fabric when choosing how many layers to do.

Step 6: Set your fabric bowls aside to dry and harden. Drying time will depend on how many layers you have. I let mine sit overnight so it would have plenty of time to completely harden.

You’ll know when it’s completely dry because it will feel dry all over and not wet or sticky. Also, when you tap on it, it should sound hard and solid.

Step 7: Once the fabric bowls have completely dried, use your scissors to pop the balloon. Then remove the bowl from the fabric.

pop the balloon

Step 8: Cut the edges with the scissors to give the bowl more of a round shape. Keep trimming until it’s somewhat even around the bowl.

cut the sides

Here’s a picture of my fabric bowl from the side so you can see what the layers look like.

fabric bowl from the side

That’s all you need to do! Then you can use your fabric bowls any way you like.

I used mine for fall and placed tiny pumpkins and acorns inside.

fabric bowl

Have you ever made fabric bowls before?

Now let’s see what’s going on over at Patina and Paint!

Looking for more fall DIY ideas? I recommend these:
Pumpkin Patch Sign
Fall Candle Holder
No-Sew Fall Pillows
Pumpkin Pie Fall Decor
2-in-1 Pumpkin Decor

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Be sure to check out these amazing ideas from these amazing bloggers before you go:

Decorate and More with Tip
Jessica Simmons
Cloches and Lavender
Bluesky at Home
Bushra’s Lifestyle
Pretty DIY Home
A Vintage Flare Farmhouse
Blessings by Me
Patina and Paint
B4 and Afters


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Michelle

Michelle is a stay-at-home homeschool mom who loves DIYs and living a frugal lifestyle.

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66 Comments

  1. Oh wow! What a wonderful idea! I love autumn colors πŸ˜‰

    1. Thank you so much! So do I. They are so pretty! πŸ™‚

  2. What a fabulous idea Michelle! I wish I could go visit my Mom – she has tons of fabric and I have the Mod Podge and balloons. We could have a great time making these. I think I’m going to run to Hobby Lobby and pick up some fabric to try making some of these. I’m also going to pass this on to my Mom. Thanks for another great idea!

    1. Thank you! It would be such a fun project to do with your mom. Maybe a future project day! Have fun making these! πŸ™‚

  3. WOW Michelle you never seize to amaze me, you’re so creative love your bowl, looks so pretty, perfect for fall. thank you for sharing this great idea. xoxo

    1. Thank you so much! They’re so much fun to make, too. πŸ™‚

  4. These bowls are beautiful, I love the fabrics you chose. These bowls look like they came out of a gift shop. Beautiful job.

    1. Thank you so much!!

  5. That’s a pretty awesome bowl!

    1. Thank you so much! πŸ™‚

  6. Oh my goodness! These bowls are so cool! I love them! And I love fall! Thanks so much for sharing!

    1. Thank you so much! They’re so easy to make, too. A little addicting! πŸ˜€

  7. What a great idea! I would have never thought about using a balloon.

    1. Thank you so much! πŸ™‚

  8. Michelle this is so neat! I would of never thought to do this. Great inspiration.

    1. Thank you so much! πŸ™‚

  9. What an awesome idea my friend! The colors are just right for Fall (which I am ready for by the way haha) Christina πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much! I cannot argue with you there. I’m ready for fall about the second week of summer! haha!

  10. Cute and an add of coziness for the season.

    1. Thank you! Yes, I agree! πŸ™‚

  11. cdloken says:

    Another SUPER creative project, Michelle! I love all of the layers and the fabric you chose is just gorgeous!!

    1. Thank you so much! I was so glad that I saved the fall fabric. At one point I was going to get rid of my fabric, but something made me hold on to it. πŸ™‚

  12. Looks good fun something for the children to do too.

    1. Thank you! Yes, they would love this project.

  13. What a fun and unique idea! Thanks, Michelle β™₯

    1. Thank you so much!

  14. Perfect for autumn ❀

    1. I agree! πŸ™‚ Thank you for reading!

  15. I love it. ❀

    1. Thank you so much!

  16. Another great idea, the bowl looks so beautiful Michelle !! ❀

    1. Thank you so much!

  17. Michelle, that is a very neat idea. Looks great too!! it’s nostalgic for me as my grandma used to do that. I love the way, how you always think outside the box!

    1. That’s so neat that your grandma made these! I’m sure they were beautiful. πŸ™‚ Thank you!

  18. This is such a wonderful idea! I must make some soon! πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much! They’re addicting! πŸ˜€

  19. These bowls are so fun!

    1. Thank you so much!!

  20. Wow, amazing.

    1. Thank you so much!

      1. My pleasure.

  21. They look so good, and it sounds really easy! I’ve been looking for a few more autumnal home bits so I think I’ll try this! x

    Sophie

    1. Thank you! They are super easy to make. I hope you get to make some soon! πŸ™‚

  22. Wow Michelle, I was completely unfamiliar with these until now!

    I love the way you’ve set it all up for Fall too. Don’t the colors even just make you feel all warm and cozy inside? You can almost smell the cinnamon, pumpkin, and sweetness in the air just looking at your photos!

    You made this look so easy. What a brilliant idea. πŸ’•

    1. Thank you so much! They’re fun to make, just a little time-consuming because of drying. I’m so glad it’s time to start adding fall decor to my home! It just feels cozier in the fall! (Well, if you don’t look at the renovation mess! haha!)

      1. 🀣 I understand!! We will just pretend that doesn’t even exist!

  23. I love this idea! Yours came out beautifully!

    1. Thank you so much! They’re a lot of fun to make. πŸ™‚

  24. These are awesome!! And how simple!!❀️

    1. Thank you so much!

  25. Super cute!

    1. Thank you so much!

  26. Michelle, your creativity is an endless blessing. Happy fall y’all!

    1. Thank you so much!! πŸ˜€

  27. This is such a creative idea and I love the end result! That leaf fabric is perfect for fall. x

    1. Thank you so much!

  28. Wow, that’s clever. And so pretty!

    1. Thank you so much! They’re a lot of fun to make, too. πŸ™‚

  29. Cute idea – perfect for a gift filled with treats – and for any holiday!! Who wouldn’t love to receive one??

    1. Thank you so much! That’s a great idea to fill it with treats and give as a gift. πŸ™‚

  30. Michelle, I love your cute idea of creating a fabric bowl.
    I host the Meraki Link Party on Mondays thru till Thursdays at http://www.doodlebuddies.net – would love for you to share your post at the party.
    Much love
    Naush

    1. Thank you so much, Naush! I really appreciate that! πŸ™‚

  31. I love the fabric you used – so colorful and autumn!

    1. Thank you so much!

  32. Definitely playing tricks on my eyes, it does look soft to touch!

    1. Lol! I know what you mean!! πŸ™‚

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