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. A Fabric Bowl DIY gift will be appreciated by anyone who receives one for their home.


Turn a Pile of Fabric Scraps into a Fabric Bowl; a Fantastic Homemade Gifts the Kids Can Make

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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 a Fabric Bowl; DIY Gift:                         

  • Fine Motor
  • Sensory Integration
  • Perspective Taking

Materials for a Fabric Bowls; DIY Gift:

Instructions on How to Make a Fabric Bowl; DIY Gift:

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

Fabric Bowls; a DIY Gift


Cut small squares of fabric. 

Fabric Bowl DIY Gift Fabric Scraps

Apply the squares to the bowl using the sponge brush and Mod Podge or glue to coat the fabric. make sure the fabric is coated before adding the next layer. Use lots of Mod Podge or glue.

 Fabric Bowl DIY Gift Preparation

  • Allow the fabric to dry for 24 hours, then carefully peel away from the plastic wrap.
  • Trim away any extra fabric from the edge of the bowl.
  • If you want a more finished look, fold fabric scraps soaked in glue or mod podge over the edge of the bowl; allow the bowl to dry again.
  • 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?

Fabric Bowl DIY Gift

This bowl is very durable. The one in the 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.

Using recycled objects to make beautiful craft projects teaches children about respecting our environment by reusing and recycling items that would otherwise be thrown away. We also wove a basket out of old t-shirts. Our Cloth Woven Basket makes a stunning homemade gift. You can find a fun collection of upcycled fabric craft projects at Red Ted Art. If you are looking for ways to upcycle other materials check out Hands on As We Grow collection of 34 Recycled Kids Crafts & Activities. You might also like to check out our other DIY gift ideas.

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    • Mosswood Connections

      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. Edye

    What a cool and unique craft! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Diane

    Petroleum jelly on the bowl works instead of plastic wrap

    • Mosswood Connections

      I haven’t tried that. Wouldn’t the petroleum jelly make the fabric a bit slimy?

  4. Ruth.

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

  5. CJ

    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?

    • Mosswood Connections

      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.

      • CJ

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

    • Mosswood Connections

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

  6. Kristina & Millie

    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!

    • Mosswood Connections

      Thanks so much for hosting the creative challenge link party!

  7. Suzie@homemaker-mom

    This project looks awesome. Thank you for inspiring me. Happy to find your post at the Craft Challenge


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