Fabric Bowl Pincushion

Posted by Stephanie Chan

Here's how to make a fabric bowl using some fun moldable stabilizer that you can find on Blitsy. You can fill your bowl with anything, but I thought it would be cute paired with a pincushion, with the bowl serving as a catch-all for other often-used sewing notions.

Here's What You'll Need

  • Bosal Heat-Moldable Fusible Stabilizer
  • Fabric
  • Circle template (I used a bowl)
  • Fabric pen
  • Fabric scissors
  • Iron, ironing board, and press cloth
  • Bias tape
  • Sewing machine and thread
  • Needle and thread
  • Hot glue

Let's Get Crafty!

The Bosal Heat Moldable Stabilizer is stiff when you remove it from the package but becomes soft and more pliable with heat. Then when it cools, it hardens again. It comes in a 9x12 sheet. You can also fuse fabric to it on both sides. I'm excited to try this stuff!

Trace a circle with a pencil and cut out the circle with scissors. Also cut out two circle of fabric in the same size (you can use the stabilizer circle to trace onto the fabric). I'm using two different vintage napkins for my bowl. My circle is about 6 inches in diameter.

Sandwich the stabilizer in between the two fabrics, with the wrong sides facing the stabilizer. Cover with a damp press cloth and fuse with your iron. You'll see that after you heat up the stabilizer with your iron, the stabilizer will become soft and pliable. But keep it flat for now.

The edges of the fabric are raw, and if you look at the stabilizer from the side, you can still see it. So we need to cover up the edge somehow. I found some sunny yellow bias binding tape in my stash so I'm going to use that. You could also do a satin stitch all around the edge to seal it up.

So I first folded my bias binding in half lengthwise and pressed it. Then I wrapped it around the edge of my circle and sewed it down. When I got to the end, I trimmed off the excess, leaving about an inch of overlap. Then I folded in the edge about 1/4 an inch and overlapped it on to the starting end, and sewed it down so I'm left with a clean, folded end.

Now it's time to form the bowl. Place your circle under your iron again to heat it up and soften it.

Pinch the edge of the circle in two spots directly across from each other. Pinch firmly to form creases.

Then pinch the edges across from each other so you have four evenly spaced pinched spots. You'll start to see the bowl form. Keep pinching and forming the bowl by pushing the edges of the bowl inward. If you feel like the stabilizer is starting to cool and harden, you can use a hair dryer to reheat it and it should become pliable again.

All done with the bowl! You can stop here, and fill it with whatever you like. If you'd like to make a simple pincushion to go inside, then follow the next steps.

If you know how to make a fabric yoyo, that's pretty much what I'm doing but I'll be stuffing it. First, cut out a circle. This one is about 5 inches in diameter. Then, do a running stitch along the edge of the circle, all the way around. When you've gone all the way around, start pulling on the thread (if you haven't already), but leave it open so you can fill it with stuffing. Since this will be a pincushion, you'll need to form a stiff ball, so stuff in as much of the stuffing as you can. When you're done, pull the thread to close the opening and finish it off with a knot.

All that's left to do is hot glue the pincushion to the inside of your bowl. You can do one in the center, like this.

Or, you could give your pincushion a little friend. I like to separate my pins from my sewing needles so I gave them a separate home.

I put my little scissors and seam ripper in the bowl part, and there's room for a spool of thread as well. Love that I have a little bit of cute and color on my sewing table, and it's functional too!