Yesterday I had the opportunity to gate crash a meeting of the Embroiderer’s Guild in Paignton with my Mum.
Armed with sewing machines, threads and embroidery hoops, about 20 of us came along for a sewing tutorial given this week by my Auntie Liz (aka LimeGreenLizzie). It was a free motion sewing tutorial to make one of these delicate little bowls.
I’ve put together a tutorial below if you’d like to make one yourself. They’re extremely simple so a perfect sewing project for beginners.
Free motion sewing: bowl
#1 – Prepare the embroidery hoop
Fit a piece of water soluble plastic into your embroidery hoop. You can buy soluble plastic laundry bags which are perfect for this. They dissolve in warm water, leaving behind the stitching.
Draw around a bowl or another circular object with a pen onto the soluble plastic.
#2 – Attach the free motion foot
Fit the free motion quilting foot to your sewing machine and select the threads you would like to use. I went for plain cotton to practise with, but sparkly threads give a beautiful shimmery effect. I’ve used cream cotton for the bobbin and navy for the top colour.
#3 – Stitch a foundation
Slide the embroidery hoop under the foot of your sewing machine and begin to sew. To give your bowl integrity when the soluble plastic is dissolved, the stitching needs to overlap, but you can do this in any pattern you choose.
I started this one by stitching from the centre to the outside line all around the circle.
I’ve been experimenting with videos so here’s one which shows the stitching in progress.
You should end up with something like this.
It’s a good idea to sew around the edge of your circle to stop it all falling apart.
#4 – Stitch into your circle
You can decorate your circle however you like. Think about colour and what you want to see on the outside and inside of your bowl.
I turned my circle over when I stitched into it again so that the thread colours were inversed. This video shows how to stitch little circles all over it.
I then added a few more spirals in cream in the centre of some of the circles. This is what I ended up with.
#5 – Cut the circle out
Once you’re happy with the design of your bowl, cut the circle out of the soluble plastic. You can save the offcuts for another project as they can be wet slightly at the edges and stuck back together to form a larger sheet.
#6 – Dissolve the plastic
Wash the soluble plastic away in warm water. Don’t be too thorough because, when dissolved, the plastic becomes gluey and will give your bowl a bit of structure when it’s dry.
#7 – Mould your bowl
Gently mould the circle over a bowl or other rounded shape. If you’d like it to have a flat bottom, make sure the thing you’re moulding it around also has a flat base!
Leave it to dry in a warm place. If you’re impatient (like me) a hairdryer works a treat!
#8 – Admire your wonderful creation
Gently prise your bowl off the mould. It should be stiff enough to remain bowl shaped.
Here’s a little video to show how mine turned out. I got a bit carried away with the music feature of the video editing software here, so I apologise in advance!
There are many, many different techniques you can use to make your bowl individual. Stitch different patterns, use two layers of soluble plastic with fabric in between to trap between stitches, add embellishments when you’ve finished – the possibilities are endless!
I’m sharing this tutorial on the following blogs: Handmade Harbour, Be different Act normal, Tatertots and Jello, Sunny Simple Life and Lamb Around.