Fabric Pentagon Bowl

Remember the airplane-friendly sewing kit I showed you last month? Well, today I'd like to share the project I made it for in the first place!

Since I was on my way to visit my son, I wanted to bring something I could make to give to him. Easier said than done. What do you sew for an outdoorsy young man that's small and portable? The project, not the man. He's neither small nor portable.

We regularly send care packages to him in Italy, and they often contain candy. I think that's more about my sweet tooth than his, but whatever. I assumed I'd find some of that candy still in a plastic bag (I was right), so I thought a little dish he could put it in would be just the thing. It's big enough to do the job, but small enough he probably won't stash it away in a drawer somewhere. Especially considering I put his Christmas decorations (that I sent to him) away while I was visiting in April. Like I said, he's not an indoor guy.

Anyway, here's how to make this bowl. I used the English paper piecing method, so you'll need to print this sheet of pentagons onto cardstock and carefully and accurately cut them out. Cut a piece of fabric for each one that's at least 1/4" larger on all sides than the paper. It doesn't have to be exact.

Lay the paper into the center on the wrong side of the fabric. Using your favorite English paper piecing method, attach the two together. I love my Sewline glue pen for this. (affiliate link) You just rub a bit of glue along the edge of the paper and stick the fabric down. It stays put as long as you want it to and isn't messy.

Fold each flat side over, overlapping the corners, until all the raw edges are glued down.

Repeat until you have six pentagons for the inside and six for the outside.

Choose a pentagon for the bottom of your bowl. To sew, hold the bottom and one side piece right sides together.  Using a tiny whip stitch, sew two sides together. Repeat with the remaining sides until they're all attached to the bottom piece.

Pull two adjacent pieces together, right sides of the fabric touching, and stitch in the same manor. Repeat with all five sides until you have a bowl shape.

Repeat with the other six pentagons. When you're finished, you'll need to gently turn the outside of the bowl inside out. You'll have to bend the paper inside a bit to do it, but with the sturdy cardstock it should still be fine. Don't remove the cardstock, as that's what gives stability and structure to the bowl.

Put the inner bowl inside the outer. At this point, they should be wrong sides together. Line up the top edge and use a ladder stitch to sew them together. Hide the knots in the seam.

It does get a bit difficult to keep the edges lined up as you get toward the end because you're fighting the cardstock inside, but with patience and lining it up as you go it works out.

This one went to my pineapple-loving daughter.

See, what did I tell you? Perfect for candy! It's not full enough though...I think I need to send more...