How to Make Fabric Bowls

Things You'll Need

  • Glass bowl (2- or 3-quart suggested)
  • Plastic wrap
  • Mod Podge adhesive (glossy or matte finish)
  • Small foam brush
  • Strips of lightweight fabric (solid or printed) 1 or 2 inches wide
  • Scissors
  • Plastic table cover or newspapers
  • Bias tape, coordinated or contrasting color to the fabric

Create these delightful and useful bowls in different colors, prints and shapes. Perfect for gifts, or as as containers for a themed gift basket, or to hold fruit or pencils. These are decorative pieces of art, perfect for recycling those odd pieces of fabric into something pretty and different.

Choose a glass bowl and turn it over, dome side up, onto a work table covered with a plastic table cover or newspapers. Cover the glass dome with plastic wrap all around so that it reaches the table. (This is to protect the bowl and will be peeled off later).

Lay a strip of fabric over the center of the dome so that it reaches from one rim of the bowl to the other. Don't worry about the ends at the moment. Holding the fabric down in the center against the dome with one hand, apply a coat of Mod Podge adhesive with the foam brush on the fabric strip with the other, covering it completely on both sides of the glass bowl. Continue laying and overlapping strips of fabric over and around the bowl, securing the strips with Mod Podge. Let dry.

Remove the fabric bowl off the glass dome. Peel off the plastic wrap and discard. With scissors, trim off the excess fabric pieces to make a neat edge.

Measure the bias tape to fit around the perimeter of the newly created fabric bowl and cut excess with scissors. Open the bias tape and generously apply Mod Podge with the foam brush. Fit the bias tape with the adhesive over the edge of the bowl and around so the two ends meet neatly.

Apply a coat of Mod Podge on the inside of the fabric bowl to seal and to strengthen it. Let it dry.


  • Images cut from fabric can be applied to the outside of the bowl with Mod Podge to enhance it. For example, if the bowl will be used as a fruit bowl, cut images of assort fruit and attach them around the bowl with Mod Podge.

    Mod Podge has a milky consistency that becomes clear when it dries.


  • This bowl is for decorative purposes only. Do not put in microwave. Do not use as a serving dish to eat from.

About the Author

For over 25 years, Natasha Lawrence has written for publications from "Alaska Business Monthly" to "Savannah Magazine" and provided destination content as Florida city editor for Wcities. Her expertise in arts and crafts includes calligraphy, painting, mosaics, jewelry making, paper crafts and home decor, often offering workshops in museums and art centers.