My friends have given me little fabric bowls as gifts over the years. Two in particular I find just doesn't work but they were given to me by a friend that has passed on and I like to look at them and think of her. But that still doesn't make them work!
The problem is that I use these to put the ends of threads in and the opening is too small.
I keep looking at them on my desk and try to think how I can fix them. The sides have been machine stitched, so I have tried undoing this a bit, but that opening is still too small. So today I completely undid the sides of one, folded down the flaps further and re stitched the sides by hand.
It works a lot better. But is still not as good as the one that I made as gifts for my friends a few years ago.
Luckily I put up the pattern in April 2009 as a free download, so I was able to get it down and make another one using some scraps I had left over. I tried to dress it up a bit by beading the edges. I was just going to do the corners but got carried away. Then I thought it could use some buttons, so I made some.
The pattern for this can be found on Mary Hickmott's blog. It is a fair way back and is titled "Yorkshire Buttons". She has included templates is several sizes, from small, like mine, to large. She said you shouldn't start with the small size, but I don't listen very well. I also made mine out of 3 strands of DMC cotton, which is a bit challenging, but I'm please with the result. I have now put those other thread bowls on tables I don't use as much. Then I looked at them again and have had a better idea, wool bowls!
Now I originally made my thread bowls back in 2009, 7 years ago as Easter presents and filled them with chocolates. I think I will make some more this year as Xmas presents. I have lots of scraps and I can get some more practice on those buttons.