Nesting Fabric Bowls Pattern

by Nova on March 30, 2012

Firstly, a huge heartfelt thanks to my lovely friends & my mum for helping get this one out there! My mum &  my sweet friend (blogless) Kellie did a tremendous job yet again proof reading & de-waffling my instructions. 3 wonderful, clever & crafty bloggers rose to the occasion and have given the pattern a good workout these past couple of weeks, big thanks to Leila, Tracy & Jeni x you girls are the best xxx


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My Nesting Fabric Bowls pattern includes details & instructions to make a set of 6 nesting bowls.  The bowls measure 4″, 5″, 6″, 7″, 8″ & 9″ and all sit comfortably inside each other for storage, or let them loose around the house to hold all sorts of goodies!

Inside the pattern are lots of idea for customising your bowls by adding a feature panel, handles, pockets & straight edges PLUS the simple to use formula to make your own size.

I love a good storage solution and these fabrics bowls are ideal for lots of storage jobs around the home including fabric storage of course Make a coordinating set for some storage in your bedroom or lounge, whip up some small ones for little trinkets & treasures on the dressing table or bedside table, or a larger size with handles for the playroom. Use one for a rubbish bin on the cutting table or a small one as a thread catcher for your travel sewing kit, wow your guests at dinner with a fancy homemade bread basket, gift some homemade goodies in one or make some boxy ones for toy storage. The possibilities are endless.

Make a full set, a set of 3, 4 the same size, just the one or use the formula to make some bowls  the exact size you need. Hurrah!

Aimed at beginners & beyond, it’s a small project that you can really put your stamp on.

For beginners it’s a fun little project that you can experiment & play with as your skills and confidence grows, it’s also a great project to  practice your quilting on without the overwhelming size of a larger quilting project.

For confident sewists, the maths has all been done for you so you can just  play play play!

This downloadable PDF pattern includes ::

  • Step by step instructions with colour photos to make a full set of nesting fabric bowls.
  • Ideas, tips and instructions to customise with a feature panel, handles, pockets & straight edges.
  • A handy formula so you  make a custom size bowl.


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make boxes!

add a handle..

or two!

& pockets – let’s not forget pockets!

you can even hang ’em up!

… but most important of all, have fun with them & play & make them yours :)


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This is a 35 page PDF pattern which includes step by step instructions with colour photos.

Purchase of this pattern also gives the purchaser permission to sell items made using this pattern on a small, home based scale.  Credit must be given please – full details of license to sell are included in the pattern.

Payment is via PayPal only, If you don’t have a  PayPal account don’t worry,  you can pay with credit and debit cards via PayPal.

Please note ::

  • This pattern is a PDF file instant download. PDF files require Adobe Reader (a free download from here) to be installed on your computer.
  • The PDF pattern will be automatically delivered via e-mail (to the email address in your PayPal profile)   as soon as your payment is received.
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  • Lost files may be replaced for a period of 30 days following purchase.
  • Sorry, I cannot offer refunds on downloadable patterns.


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If you make some fabric bowls, I’d love a peek! Please do share your pics in my flickr group!

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

beth lehman March 30, 2012 at 8:59 am

Can’t wait! I bought it immediately, even though I’m headed off to FL for a week… I’ll be thinking about fabric choices while I’m there!


Kelly Rodgers March 30, 2012 at 10:03 am

Awesome Nova. I bought mine already and I can’t wait to make them xxx


Kat March 30, 2012 at 12:54 pm

SO excited! Bought it immediately :) Will make someday… when I have time… but LOVE!


Flying Blind March 30, 2012 at 4:04 pm

Wonderful! Thank goodness it’s payday x


Kelly Rodgers March 30, 2012 at 4:32 pm
Karen S March 30, 2012 at 4:55 pm

*Snatch*… I must make me a couple of these beauties. Thank you so much for making this pattern, I really look forward to sewing from it!


Judith Dahmen March 30, 2012 at 5:51 pm

Oh they look fabulous and congratulations to your second pattern ! I shall buy it as soon as I get home tonight.


Kerry March 30, 2012 at 5:58 pm

It is a super pattern, so much explanation- I will kick back and let your pattern calculations do the work for me this weekend and stitch a bowl up!


Lorraine March 30, 2012 at 8:45 pm

LOVE your new pattern ….think I definitely need some :)


anna March 31, 2012 at 1:50 am

so fun nova!!! they’re all so beautiful looking, I especially love your hanging versions. you are awesome!


Katy March 31, 2012 at 2:19 am

Perfectly timed for payday there! Love all the potential variations :)


Bridgid March 31, 2012 at 3:54 am

OMG!!! I can’t wait to get started. I already have a few fabrics pulled. I know what I’m doing this weekend. Thank You for the AMAZING pattern!!!!


Cassandra March 31, 2012 at 11:43 am

You had me at nesting bowls, but sold me at permission to sell on a small handmade level. (it’s always nice to know the rights are there if I get the itch to make items to sell) Thank you!

They are freaken fantastic!


TööT March 31, 2012 at 1:17 pm

They are just awesome. Thsnk you for the giveaway


Shannon March 31, 2012 at 8:29 pm

LOVE!!! I really NEED to go to the fabric store asap because I must buy new fabric for these bowls! I know the girls at work are going to swoon over them. Thanks so much :)


Jacquie March 31, 2012 at 11:35 pm

Fantastic pattern Nova – congratulations. I am embarking on easter basket making tomorrow, and this will save me the need to draft a pattern. Can see many of these holding projects in my sewing room. And thanks for allowing it to be used for small home based businesses as well. Love ya work :)


Sana Saroti April 1, 2012 at 8:35 pm

Hey Nova, I left a comment here last night, but I guess something went wrong (I know it has to be approved). Just wanted to let you know that after buying the pattern yesterday morning, I made the 3 smaller bowls and gave them away as a b-day gift in the evening. My friend loved them. That pattern is awesome and it’s so cool that thanks to PayPal it didnt matter I was in Germany and i could start right away. I took pics, but forgot the camera at the party ;-) That pattern was the best thing I read about in the morning since I was still trying to find what I could make as a gift! Thank you so much!!!!


Laura April 2, 2012 at 8:59 pm

Woot! I’m on holiday at the moment, and realised this morning that the pattern would be out. Luckily, I’m having lunch at a cafe with the internet :) Really looking forward to trying these out when I get back!


Jennifer April 3, 2012 at 12:43 pm

Just downloaded it. LOVE it! Can’t wait to get started.


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