Folded BowlsI’ve been following Brett Bara’s blog for a couple of years and she just seems like this really cool, down to earth, modern chick (in the best way, of course). I was super glad to hear she would have a book coming out about one of my current obsessions, sewing. If you’ve watch Knit & Crochet today, then you’ve seen Brett in action and I always associated her with crochet, but turns out she is a wicked seamstress as well and proves it with Sewing in a Straight Line.

The best part about the book is that it is great for a beginner and really helped me to understand shirring and removed my fear of zippers. You’ll be seeing a few projects from the book in the future, I’m sure. This book is full of modern and really easy projects that will impress everyone – including yourself.

My first project was the folded bowls. I cheated a little and didn’t really follow the measurements called for, but used two fat quarters which made one large and one small bowl. The large was 9 inches square and the small was 6 inches square. There are just two things to mention that I hadn’t counted on when making them originally, you may need to hand sew the squares closed once you turn them inside out, the top stitching didn’t catch the seams for mine. The other thing to watch out for is to be sure the seam at the top corners of your bowl are tight, back stitch twice because those corners will be stretched out and be under some pressure once the folds are in sewn in place.

Folded Bowls

In this video Brett walks you through making her bowls:

Sewing in a Straight Line by Brett Bara – How to Sew a Round Bowl with Straight Lines Only from Rarebit Productions on Vimeo.

This is not a sponsored review – I’m just a paying crafter, just like you.