Someone Bosal HQ is really into circles. Bosal have been selling continuous inch-wide strips for rugs and bag for ages (it’s on the list) but lately they’ve been churning out circles with the intention of using them for things like placemats and bowls.

I was given these Bosal circles to try – it’s thee soft squidgy Bosal like you’re used to, and three matching very firm interfacing circles. Supposedly there’s a pattern for pleating one of each together to make bowls but I wanted to go my own way.

“Contains 1 piece of 16in, 14in, and 12in In-R-Form double-sided fusible stabilizer foam circles , and 1 piece of 16in, 14in, and 12in Craf-tex Plus double-sided heavy weight fusible circles. Pattern not included.”

I started by chopping six triangles from the edge of one of each type of matching circle, and ironing fabric on, and sewing up the darts (that’s a dressmaking term if you’re unfamiliar). Fusing the fabric to the circle made folding it up inside out, sewing along the darts with a zipper foot to get in close, and then turning back out much easier than my first attempt using 505. You need the fabric firmly attached! I put one bowl inside the other but it needed some serious trimming to get a nice edge. I used the firm interfacing circle on the outside, the squidgy foam on the inside. Some bias binding and some wiggling under the sewing machine foot later…

Not the simplest or the prettiest way to make a bowl, but it worked and it’s fairly rigid, unlike most fabric bowls. I probably should have taken more photos as I made it. The stitching you can see going round was a basting stitch to hold the two pieces together while I trimmed and bound it, I took them out later.

Using another rigid circle I fused fabric  to both sides, and then sewed along each edge triangle and joined the triangle points in a  hexagon, giving myself pleat lines.  When you pleat it the sides end up ‘petal shaped’, I’m not sure how they expect it to work with the firm and the foam at the same time, it must be awfully thick. To be different I did some overlocking round the edge, one round to catch the edges in and a wider round to be pretty. I’m not sure it’d be fun to try and bind it over the pleats. My sewing machine couldn’t cope with going through the thickness of three layers of the firm interfacing in the pleats  to sew the layers together. I had intended to use a small bartack but had to give up on that. I hand tacked them up and it’d be pretty with some novelty lemon buttons to hold the pleats together. With some extra strong thread! It did make a pretty little dish though and was really simple.

What else to do with these circles? I used a firm circle, a foam circle and some heat-proof batting to make a lemon-shaped pot stand, complete with some quilting.

I also used the flip’n’stitch, or quilt-as-you-go method on my last foam circle to make a place mat. I wouldn’t mind making a whole set of these.

Overall, I think you’d buy these circles if you were setting out to make circular things, but then, you can always draw round a plate or something. I wouldn’t mind trying some of the heat-mouldable Bosal or the strips to make a rug but usually I buy the original Bosal in sheets for bag making.

You can’t possibly have missed the gorgeous fabric I used! Here’s some fabric porn for you –

It is super bright and luscious, by the Craft Company. I’d take a bolt of each if I could! On a gloomy day it’s a real pick-me-up. In the 70’s and 80’s you’d decorate your whole kitchen with it, it’s almost a shame we don’t do the entirely matching patterned kitchen thing any more. Well you still could if you want to! Okay, if I had a caravan I’d use this for everything, definitely. The black makes it modern, brings it into the 2020’s rather than the kitsch of the 70’s/80’s. I’d use lots of black with it – keep it up-to-date but still fresh.

Now I just need a caravan to go with my bowls 😉