Between you and me, I really can't believe I made this! I'm just thrilled, totally and completely, as you will be too if you decide to make one! A crocheted bowl that's actually usable? Yes! The secret? Fabric stiffener, you knew that of course? And if this doily looks just a bit familiar, well it's hanging out in my banner right now, pre-bowl that is, and I posted about it last week here.
In retrospect, it was just a bit risky of me to try and make a bowl from a doily with so many holes, but it worked! The resulting bowl isn't really strong enough to hold fruit on a regular basis, but would be great as a catch all for light items, little baby things, a crochet project in progress......And if you give this a try and your fabric stiffener isn't as strong as mine, so you can always weave some fabric strips through the grid at the bottom, which could look great too.
- 1 doily, at least 8" diameter, I crocheted mine from the link in the post here, you could use a thrifted one too, or even one that's part fabric, part lace crochet.....
- a medium to large kitchen mixing bowl
- seran wrap
- fabric stiffener, I used Paverpol, a great non-toxic product, that's even washable! Available in Israel here
- Cover your bowl in seran wrap, with as few wrinkles/ridges as possible
- Dunk your doily into the fabric stiffener, and when it's evenly coated, remove all the excess by running the doily between two fingers, or whatever works for you. Yes this is messy!
- Turn your bowl upside down, and place doily right side down over the bowl.
- Stretch the doily over the bowl evenly all around, and even out any mis-shapen areas. Keep doing this until you are totally satisfied that your resulting bowl will be symmetrical and beautiful!
- Set aside to dry for 24 hours. (Waiting is the most difficult part, and I have to admit, I took it off after about 6 hours because I just had to see the results. But don't follow my example, just be patient! Carefully remove your doily bowl by lifting the seran wrap from the bowl, possibly using a dull knife to help you out.
- The side touching the bowl will still need to dry, so set aside for at least another 24 hours to achieve the final results.
- With small sharp scissors, trim off any excess fabric stiffener between holes. Enjoy!
- Make some of these as gifts, who wouldn't love one?