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We love this project! Making Fabric Bowls is a fun way to recycle fabric. We use this activity in therapy and at home with our own kids. Fabric Bowls DIY gift will be appreciated by anyone who receives one for their home.


Fabric Bowls

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We first came up with this idea when we were looking for activities that encouraged scissor skills. It has the added benefit of being an excellent sensory activity. Once it was done we realized that Fabric Bowls make an awesome DIY gift.

Target Skills for Fabric Bowls; DIY Gift:                         

  • Fine Motor
  • Sensory Integration
  • Perspective Taking

Materials for Fabric Bowls; DIY Gift:

  • Bowl
  • Saran Wrap
  • Fabric (lightweight natural fiber fabric works best)
  • Scissors
  • Modge Podge or Glue (watered down)
  • Pan lined with wax paper      

Instructions for Fabric Bowls; a DIY Gift:

Wrap the bowls tightly with saran wrap. Make sure that the saran wrap is folded over the top of the bowl with plenty of excess, that will make it easier to pull off later.

Fabric Bowls; a DIY Gift


Cut small squares of fabric. 

Fabric-Bowl-DIY Gift Instructions

Apply the squares to the bowl using the Modge Podge or glue. Use lots of Modge Podge or glue.

 Fabric Bowl DIY Gift Prep

  • Allow the fabric to dry for 24 hours, then carefully peel away from the saran wrap.
  • Trim away any extra fabric.
  • While making the bowl talk about the person that you are making the bowl for, what colors do they like? What do you imagine they will use the bowl for?

This bowl is very durable. The one in the top photo is over ten-years-old and it still looks fabulous! This has been one of our most requested activities. Mothers and grandmas all over the San Francisco bay area have been enjoying their own fabric bowl DIY gift.

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Fabric Bowls DIY Gift




    1. No, do not do the inside. There is no need to do that. We did fold fabric pieces over the top edge to give it a more finished look.


  2. Petroleum jelly on the bowl works instead of plastic wrap


  3. This is a great project; ideal for some of my big bag of scraps I cannot bear to throw out! Thank you for it!


  4. I did this for practice and I could not get the plastic wrap to separate from the bowl once it was all dry. I ended up having to peel between it and cut a strip down the middle to get it off the bowl.. What did I do wrong? Am I supposed to remove it from the bowl before it dries? And which version of glue works better: Watered down elmers or mod podge?


    1. When wrapping the bowl make sure there is plenty of plastic wrap to tuck inside the bowl. Then it should be easy to peel off. We have used both mod podge and watered down glue with similar results.


      1. Thanks, I will try it again. Such a great idea, and thanks for sharing!


    1. The bowls are very sturdy. We have some that are over 10 years old!


  5. what a fun idea! so many scraps per bowl could really clear out the scrap stash!! love the idea and it would make a great gift or momento for a loved one 🙂 Thanks for linking to the creative challenge link party!


    1. Thanks so much for hosting the creative challenge link party!


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