Friday, July 25, 2008

rag bowl

Yesterday I spent some time catching up on what some of you guys are working on. Donna from A More Green and Simple Life has been making bowls from magazines. I was so inspired to try making one myself. It almost looks too easy! Check out these fabulous instructions to see how simple the process is. All you need is a hot glue gun, and about half of an old magazine.

Well... disappointingly there is no hot glue gun here. I could certainly borrow a gun... but for some unexplained reason, time was of the essence... I wanted a bowl and I wanted it now! Patience is not one of my virtues.

So I grabbed my hook and some rags, and set about creating a different kind of recycled bowl.

First I worked a flat circle.

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Then built up the edges, increasing just a little.

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Kept building up the edges, and some more gentle increases.

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Added some kitchen string for a cross stitch finish to the rim.

rag bowl 1

Ta-da!

rag bowl 2

And in use...

rag bowl 4

rag bowl 6

8 comments:

psmflowerlady said...

LoveItLoveItLoveIt! What size hook did you use? I just learned to crochet and would like to try some rag crochet - how wide were your fabric strips? I love your website! T

I drink cups of tea said...

I love this!! I just wish I had some sheets to rip up so I could make something out of them! heheheh

donna said...

thanks for linking back to me. i love this bowl! i'm currently experimenting with knitting with rags. but now i need to know how to crochet.... oh so many ideas so little time :)

Leslie said...

Oh gosh, I totally love this idea. I know I've got some kind of fabric around this house to use. So, do you just tear the fabric into strips or cut it with a scissor? I'm so anal and I need to know specifics! Thanks so much for sharing!

laughing purple goldfish said...

thanks for the positive feedback everyone...

I will be making another bowl in the next few days, and will add a post with very specific instructions in it for you.

Tess said...

I can totally picture one of those on top of our microwave to keep exactly the same keys, phones, batteries etc. tidy. Well, less messy anyway. Since I don't crochet but do have access to a glue gun I'm going to go the magazine route.

Motherhood has really brought out my inner - and hiterto only barely suppressed by lack of time - Martha Stewart. To be clear I mean the craft Martha: my inner insider trading Martha is still well hidden :-)

cats-rockin-crochet said...

I have a link you may like to see, take the time to click on all the pictures, some great ideas.
http://www.dmhookworks.com/
Cat.

laughing purple goldfish said...

thanks for sharing the link Cat...

lots of inspiration there... my daughter would love the butterfly rug