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Valentine Fabric Gathered Bowl
 by Janet M. Davies 


I made both these fabric bowls as Christmas gifts for my sister and daughter. I am sure they would make great gifts for you loved ones for Valentines day also. I did Needlework on mine but the use of 3 different patterned quilting fabrics would look great also.

I used a dinner plate as a template for the circle outline, so you could make the bowls as big or small as you wish depending on the size of the circle you use.

The middle of the bowl has a layer of thin wadding so these keeps the shape of the wall of the bowl. Also the bowl is reversible.

Cut 2 pieces of cotton fabric (I used quilting fabric). Patterned for the outside and one plain for the inside. Also cut 1 piece of thin wadding.  Cut each piece 26cm (10 inches) square

Click on the design drawing above and save to your computer. Then resize the design in a Word document until it is about 11cm (4 inches) wide.

On your fabrics and wadding trace (do not cut out yet) draw a circle shape about 21cm (8 inches) wide. I use a dinner plate for the shape.

Centre the design drawing under your plain fabric circle and trace design onto fabric with a light pencil or a blue water soluble pen.

3. On the plain fabric only; use 2 strands of 6 stranded cotton and Stem stitch on the outlines. Place your fabric in a hoop.

Bow outlines: Medium Green.
Inner bow lines: Light Green.
Centre of bow: Red.
Heart lines: Red.
Crosses in heart centre: yellow.

Layer your 2 fabrics and wadding with wadding in the middle. Stitch 2 rows of gathering (running stitch) 5mm (1/8 inch) in from the edge of the circle. Gather up the edges to form a dish shape.

6. Cut a strip of fabric 4cm (1 1/2 inches) wide long enough to go around the edge of the gathering plus seam allowances.

- Sew ends of strip together.

-Then sew to the edge of the gathered edge 1cm (1/4 inch) in from the fabric edge.

- Fold over the strip edge 1cm (1/4 inch), then fold again to cover the gathering showing. Hand stitch edge down.

6. Now sew groups of beads around the edge of the fabric
 strip and then the inner edge of the fabric strip.


Remember the bowl is reversible so your outside can become your inside.




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detailed than what is given here in this tutorial above.

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