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It’s been a little bit since I’ve posted a tutorial and after receiving the Quasicrystals stencil pack from Artistcellar, I knew I wanted to create a fun little project to show off their pattern-y goodness. (Artistcellar’s motto is “ART IS NOT OPTIONAL”. How perfect is that?)

Before we get rolling on the tutorial, I’d like to mention that Artistcellar is very generously offering a giveaway of their new pattern set, Quasicrytals. These are the ones I used in this tutorial and they are awesome! Heavy duty, super easy to print with and made in the USA. So if you’d like to get in on the drawing, leave a comment on this post (any type of comment will do). You have until Sunday April 20th at midnight to get in on the drawing and I’ll announce the winner on Monday April 21.

And I’m not the only one giving away a pack, there is a hop going on! Woo! Here are the other participants, make sure you swing by to see what they did with the stencils and to get in on their giveaway as well.

April 12 – Lisa Cousineau

April 13 – Chris Cozen

April 15 – Effy Wild

April 16 – Jill K Berry

April 17 – Carmen Whitehead

April 18 – Lea Cioci

April 19 – Guadalupe Brizuela Cabal

Sound good? Okay, let’s get to the project! 🙂


I do love me a good no-sew or low-sew project. And by that I mean – instant gratification, boom, all done, get to start enjoying what I made straight away. So when I got the Quasicrystal stencils, I wanted something not only quick so that I could start loving it right away but also something that would show off the patterns front and center.

I’ve loved what I call Pinched Bowls for a while. (I’ve no idea if that’s what they are actually called but that’s how I refer to them since their corners are pinched up in order to create the shape of the bowl.) I decided it was high time I made some and I have to be honest, I want about a hundred more. I combined my junkie printing ways with my wool hoarding habits. (I don’t know what my deal is but I buy wool pieces at the quilt festivals like they are going out of style and mostly just squirrel them away in my studio for petting later on. Brought them out to play for this project.)

Step 1: Cut a 6″x6″ square or wool (or another fabric that has some thickness to it) and a 6″x6″ piece of cotton in a solid color. (I cut four of each since I wanted to make a bowl for each stencil pattern.)


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Step 2: Choose a paint that coordinates with your solid cotton fabric. I chose contrast to go with my purple fabric. The yellow Neopaque by Jacquard is the best yellow I’ve found, stays true to it’s color on dark fabric.



Position the stencil so it’s on point to the square, like this:


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Step 3: Grab a sponge brush, dip into paint and start brushing it through the stencil. I brushed with one hand, held the stencil with the other. Work your way across the whole stencil. I found it was a good idea to lightly dab the sponge brush against my paint container so that it didn’t create a big blob when I started painting. These stencils are really great to work with, printed very nicely.


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Step 4: Place your awesome printed fabric over top a piece of wool and put a pin in the center of it to hold them together. Thread a needle with some size 5 or 8 perle cotton thread. Use a thread that’s thicker, regular sewing thread might not hold up as well.


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Step 5: Pinch one of the corners and take several stitches through the pinched portion. Now, how much should you pinch? Use your judgement. Aim for the unprinted portion of the fabric so that it disappears and all you are left with is the printed pattern. Do this in all four corners and in order to help create the shape bowl, you might have to pinch some corners more than others.



And viola! You have a nifty little instant bowl to corral your little objects in! 🙂



Here’s another look at all four bowls, one in each Quasicrystal pattern:

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You can see that along the edges of the bowl, there is a gap between the cotton fabric and the wool. I like this quirk, I think it gives it some personality. But if you wanted to add stitching to it (I call this a low-sew project because the only thing I did was stitch the corners), you could totally do that. Or beads. Or fancy yarns. You get the idea, the sky is the limit! 🙂

Hope you enjoyed the tutorial and I hope you’ll give these stencils a shot, they’re really cool!



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93 Responses to pinched bowl tutorial & artistcellar stencil pack giveaway

  1. Kathy Garringer April 14, 2014 at 8:51 am #

    Love the bowls! Will make some for our quilt show!

    • Jeneva February 27, 2017 at 11:17 pm #

      Play inmvofatire for me, Mr. internet writer.

  2. MelodyJ April 14, 2014 at 8:53 am #

    That was a creative use of the stencils. cute bowls and I like the color combos.

    • Pink February 27, 2017 at 9:20 pm #

      It’s great to find an expert who can exliapn things so well

  3. Linda K April 14, 2014 at 8:58 am #

    oooh more great stencils:):) I LOVE these bowls and certainly will give these a try-I think even with my minimal fabric skills I can handle this. Thank you for the tutorial and giveaway! I have just discovered you thru Jane LaFazio’s blog for your new book(congrats!) blog hop. I have signed up for your newsletter now.

  4. Tawney M. April 14, 2014 at 9:47 am #

    Those are charming. Just to think – I may make something charming – wowza. Thanks, I think these will make nifty gifts.

  5. Robbie Payne April 14, 2014 at 10:09 am #

    Love this little bugger’s!!!! I am jus packing up supplies to head back to Mich. In 3 weeks!!! Can’t wait to flip paint again!!!!!

  6. Sandra Strait April 14, 2014 at 10:37 am #

    Awesome project! I love these stencils!

  7. Janelle Marks April 14, 2014 at 10:41 am #

    This is an awesome project, I love the ease and quickness of it. The patterns look fabulous against the fabric. Thanks for the tutorial.

  8. Marie Strait April 14, 2014 at 10:58 am #

    Great idea

    • Christy February 27, 2017 at 8:27 pm #

      This shows real exrietesp. Thanks for the answer.

  9. Linda Goodhart April 14, 2014 at 11:06 am #

    I am just starting my stenciling education as I would like to do more creative things with fiber and my love of quilting. I enjoyed the info from this site very much.

  10. Kathleen Ely April 14, 2014 at 11:07 am #

    These stencils have so many possibilities!

  11. Susan April 14, 2014 at 11:09 am #

    The stencils look great and I love the idea to use wool for the bowls!

  12. Jayna April 14, 2014 at 11:14 am #

    An engaging project and the stencil you chose was charming.

  13. Judy Millard April 14, 2014 at 11:15 am #

    Love these!! Would enjoy creating with them!

  14. vivian helena April 14, 2014 at 11:22 am #

    what fun those little bowls are to make, Great for little items next to the sewing machine or key collector by the door.. Won’t scuff the wood… vivian

  15. Laura Harms April 14, 2014 at 11:27 am #

    These are beautiful bowls!! love the new stencils also!

  16. donna joy April 14, 2014 at 12:22 pm #

    great tutorial and love the stencils! Thanks for the chance to win!

  17. Denise April 14, 2014 at 1:57 pm #

    So cute and so easy! Thanks for the inspiration!

  18. Jo April 14, 2014 at 2:15 pm #

    These bowls are lovely, I’m definitely going to try them, thanks! Found your blog through the Artist Cellar facebook (love their stencils!), and just followed your pinterest page – love it! I am now going to while away the hours looking through the rest of your blog… 🙂

  19. Lou Haines April 14, 2014 at 2:17 pm #

    Thanks for the great idea and tips on stenciling!

  20. Jo Murray April 14, 2014 at 3:15 pm #

    These pinched bowls would make wonderful gifts. How about a larger one for putting bread on the table? All I need are the stencils and I’ll be making some.

  21. Rhonda Davis April 14, 2014 at 3:48 pm #

    Your bowls are beautiful!! I’m so gonna have to make some.

  22. ros April 14, 2014 at 4:08 pm #

    like the bowls and the use of the stencils, will make lovely presents

    • Christiana February 27, 2017 at 9:30 pm #

      I could read a book about this without finding such real-world apsehacorp!

  23. Candice April 14, 2014 at 4:09 pm #

    Your pinched bowls are great. I think placing decorative buttons where they pinch would be fun – maybe in a shape to match the stencil. The stencils are awsome!

  24. upstatelisa April 14, 2014 at 4:20 pm #

    very cute!!!

  25. sona nast April 14, 2014 at 4:43 pm #

    I love these bowls. I’ve wanted to make some but had no idea how easy they are to make until I saw your tutorial. I’m thinking I might fuse the two fabrics together before sewing the “pinch” if I don’t want the gap between the wool and the cotton. thanks for the great tutorial! I would love to win the stencils too.

  26. Gill April 14, 2014 at 4:48 pm #

    I love the bowls – they would make great gifts!

    • Pebbles February 27, 2017 at 11:20 pm #

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  27. Ruebarb April 14, 2014 at 5:08 pm #

    I love the simplicity of these stencil designs – so graphic and perfect for the pinched bowl project. It would be hard not to make a dozen once you get started! And surely, more ideas would present themselves for more projects.

  28. Cathy Ortelle April 14, 2014 at 5:30 pm #

    Love the. Stencils. What to do with these bowls? Can’t wait to win the stencils and find out!

  29. Michele Bilyeu April 14, 2014 at 5:51 pm #

    Darling and so easy, too! Sign me up, I’d LOVE to try these stencils!

  30. Lissa April 14, 2014 at 6:36 pm #

    This is very cool,

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  31. Tammy V April 14, 2014 at 9:17 pm #

    Wow! Those little bowls are so cool! Great job using the stencils.

    • Carley February 27, 2017 at 9:08 pm #

      This piece was cogent, wetiewrllt-n, and pithy.

  32. Pam Weiler April 14, 2014 at 9:45 pm #

    This is very creative. I love the colors you used.

  33. Pam Hall April 14, 2014 at 10:27 pm #

    What a novel idea! I love them!

  34. Tamiko McCurry April 14, 2014 at 10:41 pm #

    I love this! Simple enough I would honestly try it and not feel overwhelmed, even with items I already have.. although I want these stencils!! The process was awesomely documented.. thank you!

  35. Raine April 15, 2014 at 2:05 am #

    These bowls ROCK! I definitely need to try making one…or five! ; ) The stencils are awesome.

  36. Kathy April 15, 2014 at 7:53 am #

    What cool stencils! I have not used stencils before in my fabric printing, so these would be a nice way to begin. I have also never seen fabric bowls like the ones you made….and I love them! I will have to give those a try. Thanks for some new possibilities!

  37. Anne April 15, 2014 at 8:35 am #

    Great tutorial, love the bowls and the stencils are great! Thanks

  38. judith reynolds April 15, 2014 at 10:00 am #

    These cute bowls will make a great catcher for my DH pocket change. Thanks for sharing Lynn…..Judith, Texas

  39. Heather Warner-Ferguson April 15, 2014 at 11:07 am #

    Thanks for sharing your little bowls… they are awesome and I love the colors (especially the purple and yellow one)

  40. lacyquilter April 15, 2014 at 12:05 pm #

    What a great project and a wonderful way to use stencils.

  41. Laura West April 15, 2014 at 1:08 pm #

    Fantastic project! I love how you used the stencils for the background on fabric…beautiful!

  42. Jennifer April 15, 2014 at 2:11 pm #

    Love these stencils! Thanks for such an awesome tutorial!

  43. Dawn April 15, 2014 at 2:14 pm #

    Ohhh, I want to make some of these right now! Of course, I’d have to make do with some other stencil but…. <3 these so much!

    • Medford February 27, 2017 at 8:49 pm #

      You’ve captured this peyerctlf. Thanks for taking the time!

  44. Iris April 15, 2014 at 5:37 pm #

    What an absolutely AWESOME way of using these stencils! I really love how this ended up looking!

  45. APG Jamie April 15, 2014 at 6:15 pm #

    gosh, haven’t seen those kind of bowls in forever (almost) they are great for holding warm bowls to keep ’em warm or just for sitting pretty

    & love those stencils

  46. Pam April 15, 2014 at 7:03 pm #

    Love the stencils and the project. Thanks for sharing!

  47. Julia Vazquez April 15, 2014 at 10:36 pm #

    This are great!!! Thanks for the tutorial, will try to make one.

  48. Kimberly Carmichael April 15, 2014 at 11:23 pm #

    What a fabulous way to use these new stencils. Thank you for sharing.

  49. Erin Bray April 15, 2014 at 11:31 pm #

    What a lovely use of these fantastic stencils! I am a sucker for all things geometric. Your combinations of patterns, colors, and textures make these bowls suprisingly sophisticated for a low-sew project. Love them!

  50. Heather Goldsmith April 16, 2014 at 4:39 am #

    Just love your bowls, they are so funky. Thanks for the chance to win, too. 😉

  51. Michael P. Cunningham April 16, 2014 at 7:15 am #

    Love those, what a great idea for hostess gifts or fast Christmas gifts. It is never too early to think about making things for Christmas.

  52. Jay April 16, 2014 at 8:57 am #

    I just got my copy of your book! Loving it!!!

  53. Cheri Putz April 16, 2014 at 2:22 pm #

    Pick me please!

  54. Amy Weaver April 16, 2014 at 4:06 pm #

    what a completely fabulous use of these stencils and such a cool project! thanks so much for sharing!

  55. Debbie M April 17, 2014 at 2:27 am #

    Thanks for the tutorial, Lynn. Love the pinched bowls. Would love to win the stencils. Thanks for counting me in.

  56. Lynn Wayne April 17, 2014 at 10:03 am #

    Great idea. I think I may even be able to handle the sewing.

  57. Geneen Granger April 17, 2014 at 10:21 am #

    Can’t wait to make that cute bowl! Sure would help to have the neat stencils! G

  58. Robin B. April 17, 2014 at 10:27 am #

    Wonderful art work….and such creative use of these lovely stencils!

  59. Becky April 17, 2014 at 10:37 am #

    I love the bowls. I am going to need to try those.

  60. cecile April 17, 2014 at 11:56 am #

    Love the pinch bowls, and would love some stencils.
    Going to have to make some of those cute bowls.

  61. latanya April 17, 2014 at 2:07 pm #

    These are very beautiful!

  62. Tina April 17, 2014 at 7:06 pm #

    Love the bowls, thanks for sharing. Would love to add those stencils to my collection.

  63. Tanja April 17, 2014 at 8:00 pm #

    Thank you for a great inspirational project. So much potential and great return on the creativity all wrapped in one.

  64. Chriss April 18, 2014 at 7:02 am #

    These stencils look great and the pinched bowl tutorial makes me want to run to my studio and dash out a few. How fast and effective. Love LOVE them!

  65. Judy Powalski April 18, 2014 at 9:00 am #

    fabulous stencils!!

  66. Ronni Hunter April 18, 2014 at 9:19 am #

    Lynn, your little bowls are so pretty! I almost wouldn’t want to put anything in them cuz then you couldn’t see the stenciling.

  67. Heather Block April 19, 2014 at 12:20 am #

    I would loooove to play with these stencils. Keeping my fingers crossed!

  68. Gert April 19, 2014 at 12:39 am #

    I am feeling very inspired to try this again. Thanks! Love your style.

  69. Robyn C. April 19, 2014 at 11:30 am #

    Oh My Goodness! What a GREAT project! Not only do these showcase the stencils perfectly but I am running to my art room to gather up all my fabric scraps and turn them into bowls! LOVE IT! Thank you for the tutorial!

  70. Karen Kastler April 19, 2014 at 11:31 am #

    Enjoying the myriad of uses for stencils

  71. Barbara Chmura April 19, 2014 at 11:58 am #

    What a great way to use stencils! The little bowls are wonderful. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  73. Debbie L Gregory April 19, 2014 at 1:11 pm #

    What a fantastic idea. Love the designs from all the stencils on each bowl. Ive actually made bowls like this for years out of foil for cooking, never thought of doing it like this to use. Love it.

  74. Jacklyn Young April 19, 2014 at 2:01 pm #

    I LOVE these bowls! They’re so bright and have yummy textures. I’d love these stencils too!

  75. Christine Newman-Aumiller April 19, 2014 at 3:17 pm #

    So cool! Not only do we get a chance to win the stencils but you’ve given us a great new craft idea!

  76. Nancy Penner April 20, 2014 at 10:49 am #

    I love these bowls. Simply beautiful in so many ways. I now know what to do with my felted flat pieces that I have been saving for a special project. Now I just need the stencils… Thanks for sharing. Is this project idea copyright protected?

  77. Deb April 20, 2014 at 11:33 am #

    Love the instant bowl idea!

  78. Jeannie April 20, 2014 at 5:35 pm #

    Oh boy!!! If I had read this earlier, I could have made some bowls for breakfast muffins! Love artistcellar stencils, they are always coming out with gotta have new ones. Thanks for the chance to throw my name into the pinched bowl. 🙂

  79. Jeanne Marklin April 20, 2014 at 8:06 pm #

    These are a great idea. Perfect for bringing for gifts, or to put on a dresser to catch jewelry. Thanks for sharing with us!

  80. Judith April 21, 2014 at 2:00 pm #

    Great stencils. Love the bowls. Thanks for the inspiration.

  81. Pearl Taylor April 29, 2014 at 8:45 am #

    Lovely project.

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