Fabric Candy Dishes

1 jelly roll OR honey bun. {hunky dory featured.}
1/4 - 1/2 yard fabric.
cellophane or plastic wrap.
2" foam brush.
mod podge or elmer's glue all.
glass bowl.

pick out your favorite bowl.
{or a bowl you like the size & shape of.}

take some jelly roll strips and cut them in half.
{i cut right on the fold.}

flip your bowl so the bottom is up.
cover the outside of your bowl in cellophane.
{make sure you get all the air out.}

dump your mod podge or glue into a bowl.
{this will ensure a much easier work environment. trust me.}

paint a thin layer of glue all over the cellophane.

lay a jelly roll strip, right side down, across your bowl.
paint another thin layer of glue over your strip.

keep layering strips and gluing until the bottom is completely covered.

take your piece of fabric, right side up, and drape it over your bowl.

start pressing the fabric against the bowl.
remember: pleats are good. they add character.

trim your excess fabric off.

paint another coat of glue all over your fabric.

set your bowl out in the sun to dry.
make sure you check on it periodically.
{you'd hate to find debris dried on your fabric.}

note: i placed my bowl on aluminum foil.
it attracts the sun and helps it dry faster.

when your bowl is completely dry, take it out of it's mold.
your fabric bowl should look something like mine.
bad hair day & all.

trim those stragglers.

and add the good stuff.

now stand back and check out your easy, peasy homemade candy dishes.

note: to reverse the look of the bowl, like i did with the smaller one, let the jelly roll strips show on the outside with the whole cloth on the inside.
it's fun to mix & match.

this is a great craft to do with kids.
my kiddos love making these.

& they're perfect for every holiday.
gotta love all those holiday fabrics & candies.

hope yall enjoy!!!

rachel of p.s. i quilt


jaybird said...

so adorable!! now i'm off to find a bowl i can use...

Shorty said...

Such a cute idea! That would make easy teacher gifts... Thanks for the inspiration!

teresamnj said...


Mary Grace McNamara said...

Great way to use up scraps of fabric too! Very clever, as usual, Rachel!


Mo' said...

it's a great idea! and it seems not so hard to realize!! thank you!

quiltcetera said...

such a cool idea! Good thing the fabric is so pretty. Around here, that's all you would see, is fabric. We could NEVER keep it full of candy!

Sandy said...

Wow, how creative! Gives me the need to be crafty!

Needled Mom said...

Very cute.

Linda Joyce said...

What a great idea,, I can use this project on my Thursday nite which is craft nite in my home, with four of my five daughters and one GD 14yrs old...
Thanks so much for this easy project.. need to get some more mod podge with coupons from Michaels craft store.
Linda J

Leslie said...

Love it!!

Joyce said...

I absolutely love it!!! It is a perfect project for my daughter to complete.

Judy Creates said...

What a great idea. I think I am going to use fabric scraps instead of jelly roll strips. Like all of you I have tons and tons of small scraps.

Thanks for sharing.

famr_4evr said...

such a cute idea!!

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

what a super idea, I love that you can also use this idea for all holidays!! Thanks so much!!

Dresden Quilter said...

Thanks for the great idea!

Tracey J said...

very cute... I love how the fabric is inside the bowl/showing through the glass.

And what a swingin' quilt in the background too. ;)

Nancie said...

ssaawweeett!! Love it and ya what a great teachers gift!

Rita said...

What a cute idea, especially for Easter.

Amanda said...

It's so cute!

Lola....L..O..L..A....lo--oh--luh! said...

You are the queen! I'm posting this Izzy this week!

Jan said...

Brilliant idea.

V and Co. said...

SWEET! now give me the candy.

Vicki said...

What a great idea!

Sandie Grisé said...

Cute Stuff!!!

Claire said...

DROOL! (over the bowl & candy ;) ) What a cute & fun idea.

Now I'm off to find a bowl that I like in the house!

Shawn said...

How creative Rachel ~~ very cute!

Beverly said...

Great idea! And I'm sitting here at work thinking about which bowl at home to use!

Liz @ LivingMySweetLife said...

I just made mine! It's drying as I type. I'll be sure to add a picture if the finished product to my blog with a link! Thxnk you!!

Nancy @ Live love laugh said...

Such a cute idea! It would be good for a classroom craft, too!

Bonnie said...

My son and I tried this last night. We couldnt make it work. Did you put the cellaphane over the top of the bowl where it is open? That's the part that confused us. Please help!

sigrid said...

I love this and really want to try it but no nothing about od podge or elmer's glue all. I searched on mod podge and there seems to be a number of varieties. Could someone advise me on which one I need.

rachel griffith said...

you are supposed to flip your bowl so the bottom is up.
cover the outside of your bowl in cellophane.
{make sure you get all the air out.}

rachel griffith said...

you can get the basic mod podge.
and the elmer's glue all can be found at almost any retail store like walmart, target, joanne's or lowe's.

sigrid said...

Rachel thank you for your help. My 2.5 year old has no preschool on friday so a friend is also bringing her 2 chidren of 4 & 6 over and we're going to have a craft morning.

Moose on the Porch Quilts said...

Oh yeah! I think I'm going to rig a handle and call them easter baskets.

Kukuyu said...

Uy que ingeniosa eres, me encanta tu bolg.
Puse tu boton en mi blog asi para tener siempre tu sitio a la mano.

Nancy Ward said...


Today I posted an entry on my blog with a link to this tutorial.

I'd appreciate your letting me know if that's OK.


Nancy Ward

Queenmothermamaw said...

Wow I saw these in a consignment shop with booths and one entire booth had quilt tops, quilt pieces in packs a bunch of things a quilter no longer wanted. I purchased a lot of the pieced stars without any particular thing in mind. This is perfect. She also had a lot of bowls that she had made and I though maybe they were made to set serving bowls in just to add a nice look to a country table. Either way. Thanks for sharing.

Jessa Irene (Holiday-Haven) said...

Very cute! These would make nice gifts too, can't wait to try them!

kristen said...

super duper! I am groovin' on these bowls

Evan's Eclipse said...

these are adorable and wonderful idea for preschool kids for an auction even. Tell me how do you clean them?

victats@gmail.com said...

This rocks! I'm going to do this with my Sparks (Girl Guides) for Mother's day.

rossane said...

wonderful idea thanks for sharing :) great way to get rid of all the scraps i dont have the heart to throw away. :)


Karen Kraft said...

How long until it dries? (too breezy, can't put it outside.) It's been half a day now and the suspense is killing me!

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Michele said...

My bowl is very flexible, what did I do wrong? :( is it fixable??

rachel griffith said...

i put mine in direct sunlight for a few hours.
i honestly have not tried to dry them inside.

hope this helps.

rachel griffith said...

it sounds to me like maybe you didn't use enough glue/mod podge.
you have to be pretty liberal while you paint it on your fabrics.

if i were you i'd go over the entire surface of the bowl again, just to be safe.

hope this helps.

Daniela Cerri said...

Dear Jessi'm also interested in this project ... wonderful! You are talented! dan

Susan said...

What a great idea - not just for jelly rolls etc (and scraps as Judy Creates suggests) - I will be making some to go with my "outdoor" theme - frangipanis.
Thanks Rachel

Susan said...

And me again - I meant to add that I think you could also use plastic wrap (we also call it cling wrap in Aistralia) instead of cellophane as it is more flexible and if you can't get Mod Podge - a PVA woodwork glue mixed with some water will also do the trick (and its cheaper).

My Creative Side: Montessori Inspired said...

Oh my gosh, these are the cutest little candy dishes. Thanks for sharing. Im checking out more of your craft ideas. My Creative Side

Mamen said...

Hello !!!!!
I enjoyed the bowl of cloth, make
Congratulations on your blog and greetings from Spain
A kiss
Me ha encantado el bol de trapo, seguro que hago uno Ya!
Felicidades por tu blog y saludos desde España
Un besos

Natalie Yates said...

Hi, I'm not familiar with Mod Podge here in Australia - is there a specific type of MP ? I've done some research and it looks like I'd have to order it to make these pretty fabric bowls.
Thank you!