Fabric Bowl

Fabric Bowl

Turn a bin of fabric scraps into a fabric bowl to use as home decor! It’s a fun way to recycle & reuse fabric scraps from sewing projects or old clothes. Exercise your scissor skills with this sensory project the whole family can enjoy!


  • Bowl
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Fabric Modge Podge
  • Sponge Craft Brush

Step 1: Flip a bowl upside down with the bowl’s rim on the work surface. Wrap the bowl with plastic wrap. Make sure to cover all areas of the bowl. 

Step 2: Cut small pieces of fabric. These can be any shape, squares, stars, strips, etc. 

Step 3: Place the bowl on top of a small plastic container, raising it off the table, allowing the fabric to be placed all the way to the lip of the bowl.

Step 4: Apply the fabric pieces to the bowl using the sponge brush and Modge Podge. Be sure to use enough Modge Podge to cover the fabric but not so much that it drips off the bowl. 

Step 5: Allow the fabric to dry overnight. 

Step 6: Carefully remove the hardened fabric bowl from the plastic wrap. 

Step 7: Finish the bowl’s rim by draping additional pieces of fabric over the edges using the same Modge Podge method. 

Ideas to take fabric bowls to the next level:

  • Create a lantern! Adhere two thin fabric bowls together using hot glue. Cut a small hole in the top, large enough to insert a battery-powered tea light candle. Hang the lantern using a string. 
  • Use a set of nesting bowls as molds to create nesting fabric bowls. 
  • Adorn your bowl with other materials once it has dried. These could be buttons, crocheted elements, yarn, sequins, etc. 

Learning and Discussion Questions:

1. Using fabric and fibers as a medium to create objects is known as fabric art, textile art, or fiber art. This traditional medium has made its way into fine art practices. This article by Artland Magazine highlights ten artists that use fiber to create works of art.

2. Nick Cave is an American sculptor, dancer, and performance artist. In this video, he speaks about his approach to creating wearable sculptures, which he calls Sound Suits.

Thank you to our sponsor, PNC Arts Alive!, for helping to make this video possible!

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