felt storage bowls {tutorial}

I can't believe how long it's been since I've dared a tutorial. Certainly before my first born came along. But, as he is cooperating with my crafting time (by faithfully taking his naps!), I've had some time to DIY a few things for the new little one's nursery. And I thought I'd share one with you.

Do you pinterest? Yes, I've caught the bug, too. And I saw these felt urchin bowls a while back and just loved them.  Of course, as I didn't have any really thick felt on hand, I decided to just layer some cheap, thin felt sheets together and wing it. I was lazy--didn't even bother to thread my machine with coordinating thread, but I love this little things. They're great for tossing keys or make-up or what-have-you into.
They even work with little puzzle pieces. And while I was playing with my kiddo the other day, I realized that he was enjoying playing with the bowl as much as the puzzle. So I thought they just might make the perfect toy storage solution for our baby-to-be.

Here's what I used:
2 ft of felt (width of fabric bolt) in four different colors
thread to coordinate the outermost felt layer
pins, marking pen, scissors, ruler, and sewing machine

First, I decided that I wanted some pretty large but not-too-deep bowls, so I measured out a circle that was 60 cm in diameter (my Canuck hubby's ruler was the first I found!) and cut out a circle from each of the four colors of felt.

Next, I stacked the four circles together and folded the whole stack in half. You can see that my circles aren't perfect. But it doesn't really matter, as we'll trim in the end. :)
Then, I measured in from each end (along the fold) 12 cm and made a mark (with a pin at this point). And then I measured 5 cm up from the fold and made another mark. I drew a line connecting the two marks and pinned the felt together along that wedge.

I repeated this on the other end of the fold. Then I folded the pieces the opposite way (90 degrees) and repeated the measurements. And then I marked and pinned wedges in between all of those so that in the end, there were 8 evenly spaced wedges measuring 5 cm wide and 12 cm long (I didn't measure the hypotenuse!).

Next, I loaded up the machine with thread and basically jammed each thick wedge (one at a time) under the foot and sewed along the line (the hypotenuse), taking care to backstitch about one cm from the outer edges of felt.

After that, I trimmed the wedges of fabric about 1/8-1/4" from the seam (this requires some sharp scissors!).

And finally I trimmed along the top edges to make the "lip" of the bowl even.
And that's it! Easy peasy.

In the space of a couple of hours, I made three of these bowls (with the 2 ft of felt--which was as wide as the bolt). And the total cost? $12 for all three. It would have been even cheaper if I hadn't done this on impulse--the felt wasn't even on sale! In the end, the bowls measure about 36 cm (about 14") wide and are 12 cm deep (about 4.5"), perfect for storing all sorts of toys, diapers, burp cloths, etc. And they add a nice punch of color to the room, too!

Speaking of the room. Are you curious? Things are coming along! Here's a little sneak peek--including the felt bowls!

bless you!

JenMun(a)  – (June 27, 2011 at 7:14 AM)  

What a wonderful idea, thanks so much for this great and simple tutorial!

found you via whip up!

Kath  – (June 29, 2011 at 8:41 PM)  

This is so clever! I love these bowls! The colours down the sides are fantastic. Thanks for posting this tutorial; I'm all inspired now!

Ma Heather and Pa Craig  – (July 1, 2011 at 11:17 PM)  

Found your blog thru Design Mom. I LOVE this idea. I will definately be making these. They would also be great as gifts!

Kristy  – (November 10, 2011 at 6:48 AM)  
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Nicole Tereza  – (December 15, 2011 at 4:36 PM)  

I am having a love affair with felt these days, and these are perfect for my sons room. I would like to make a felt 'trough' if you will, something low and long to throw all his toys in and push it up against the wall. Any way you can think of to adapt this design to fit that shape? I'm a felt novice, and I'd love your thoughts!

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pph software  – (March 28, 2012 at 10:52 AM)  

looks aazing, so easy too! great idea Amy!

cucicucicoo  – (April 4, 2012 at 9:20 AM)  

great idea! and it looks more complicated than it really is! thanks for sharing! :) lisa

Anonymous –   – (June 4, 2012 at 9:38 AM)  

I love this idea, but don't have little kids anymore (they grow up too fast!)

I'm going to try to make one which is shorter, so I can use it as a dog bed (my dog loves to rip out the stuffing from his beds)

Miffy in the Middle of No Where  – (August 9, 2012 at 5:45 AM)  

love it. i am trying to not add any plastic to my home and want to make wardrobe dividers and containers for storage my daughters cupboards. I am going to work with different materials and styles and see how it all works out. very inspired. love it. thanks

Anonymous –   – (August 14, 2012 at 1:46 PM)  

Is there a way to clean these? I'm not sure if you can wash felt.

Anonymous –   – (May 13, 2013 at 12:27 PM)  

Have a lovely day too!

I need a quick little bowl to set on my desk to hold some cords. I think this may be the way to go, making a small felted bowl. Thanks for taking the time to take pictures and share this.


Caz  – (January 14, 2014 at 6:11 PM)  

What a great idea, and so easy to make! I've sewed my first box using this tutorial :) thank you for posting it!

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Bethany Gabb  – (August 6, 2014 at 3:45 PM)  

This is such a cute idea! I'm using these for my nursery. I know this was a couple years ago, but was wondering if you remember what size needle you used? I broke the size 12 needle on my machine with the first stitch I attempted!

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