Fabric Coil Bowl

I'm still waiting for my energy to come back, so today I decided to make something I could do sitting down.  I saw these bowls on CraftStylish a few days ago.  There's an excellent tutorial there by Linda Permann, along with photos readers have contributed.  This is my version:

I have a hard time throwing away fabric scraps.  Even little ones.  I used to have piles of them, stacked on my shelf as neatly as possible.  One day I realized how ridiculous that was, and I instituted a new policy.  If the scrap can be cut into 4 1/2" squares, I do that, then put them into a box for a future quilt or two.  Don't ask me how I came to that number, I don't have a clue.

If the squares won't work, I go with 1" strips.  I have made a couple of fabric rugs, and that's the size that works for them.  Those go into another box.  If I can't cut either squares or strips from it, it goes into the trash.  Sometimes that hurts, but I'm on the wagon.

I dug into the strip box for this project.  The tutorial I mentioned before recommends 1/2" to 3/4" wide, but I found the 1" worked fine.  I ended up using 4 3/4 yards of rainbow-colored strips and 1 yard of black.  I used 3 yards of 1/4" cotton cord, simply because it's what I had.  All of this resulted in a bowl that is 5 1/2" wide and 1 1/2" tall.

The tutorial I linked to did a good job of explaining how to start wrapping the cord with fabric, so I won't go over it again here.  Just know that it doesn't really matter if it looks a little less than perfect.  You're going to sew over it.

I wrapped the entire length of cord before I started sewing, but I think if I were making a larger bowl I would wrap as I sewed.  I wrapped the other end the same as the first, then wrapped the remaining fabric back over itself and held it in place with a binder clip. 

I actually sewed this together backwards.  I didn't have quite enough of the rainbow fabric to cover the entire cord, so I finished it in black, then decided I wanted the black part to be the bottom of the bowl.  I don't think it made a huge difference, but this is my first bowl so I have no basis for comparison.

The tutorial also covers how to sew the bowl.  My mistake was not actually referring to it before I started.  I had the bowl portion on the wrong side and as it got larger it kept getting tangled in my sewing machine hardware.  Lucky for me, it was small.

I think I could have worked the finish end in more smoothly if I had followed the directions, but it's not bad.  My stitching on the bottom is a little wobbly, made all the more apparent by the fact that it's black and I used bright yellow thread, but it's a bowl.  You put stuff in a bowl, right?