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.


Then built up the edges, increasing just a little.


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


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

rag bowl 1


rag bowl 2

And in use...

rag bowl 4

rag bowl 6


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.

laughing purple goldfish said...

thanks for sharing the link Cat...

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