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Oak-Leaf Bowl

Susie Essman chats with Martha about her new animated movie, "Bolt," and shows you how to transform flat pieces of felt into oak-leaf bowls.




  • Oak-leaf bowl template
  • Card stock
  • Scissors
  • Wool tweed
  • Fusible webbing
  • Felt
  • Iron
  • Disappearing-ink pen
  • Sewing machine


  1. Step 1

    Download the oak-leaf bowl template, resizing as desired, and print onto card stock. Cut out template. 

  2. Step 2

    Cut 3 equal rectangles large enough to accommodate template: 1 from wool tweed, 1 from fusible webbing, and 1 from felt. Stack layers, with webbing in middle. Iron, following webbing manufacturer's instructions. 

  3. Step 3


    Lay template on felt side of fused fabric; trace with a disappearing-ink pen. Cut out leaf. 

  4. Step 4

    Using a sewing machine, create darts by sewing closed each of the 5 V-shaped notches, using a zigzag stitch and working from inside of notch to edge of leaf (do not overlap fabric; instead, align edges and stitch). Trim any threads or frayed edges.

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Reviews (18)

  • cherrylady 22 Sep, 2011

    I tried four times to get the complete instructions - no luck! I'll move on -- there are too many projects out their to be discovered to waste my time here!

  • emmesarmoire 22 Sep, 2011

    I think the sugar solution was part of the instructions back in 2008 from the looks of the older postings. If you watch the video, it is very simple. @Lakelady10 do you have Adobe Reader installed on your computer? That is the format the templates are filed in, so that maybe part of the uploading problem...good luck!

  • gloduerr 22 Sep, 2011

    I think Stiffy would probably work well, too, if it's still on the market. I've never really had any success with the sugar solution mess...probably best that none of us can get that part to load!! :))

  • Lakelady10 22 Sep, 2011

    Apparently I still do not have all of the instructions, as I have NOTHING about a sugar solution. Sheesh!! What is the problem here?????

  • Lakelady10 22 Sep, 2011

    I had to exit and reload this item several times before I could get all of the instructions and the template. I don't know what the problem is, but it happens frequently with this site. It is VERY frustrating.

  • carole7777 12 Dec, 2008

    Did no one locate the full instructions? How frustrating.
    Instead of a sugar solution, how about a starch solution for stiffening larger projects?

  • kattersmay 26 Nov, 2008

    where do I find part two I can not find it.

  • tonality 19 Nov, 2008

    How do we see part 2 of sewing the bowl?

  • CraftyLadyTOO 4 Nov, 2008

    OK, I figured it out. :) A little slow today.

  • CraftyLadyTOO 4 Nov, 2008

    I don't understand Step #4. Are you merely making a dart on the BACK side of the leaf to shape it? If so, why the zigzag stitch???

  • aamillard 3 Nov, 2008

    Try for wool. I know they have some plaids and that would look cool, too.

  • HarvestMoon1 1 Nov, 2008

    Go to thrift stores for old tweed suits, and skirts to cut up for material. Vintage shops would probably have them, too, but you will pay a 'pretty penny' there !!

  • janeerose 1 Nov, 2008

    I have been all over the fabric district in downtown LA and cannot find a scrap of wool tweed! Does anyone know where I can find it?

  • chickengal 1 Nov, 2008

    Pehaps you could use a liquid fabic stiffener for the larger sizes. My mother used a sugar solution to get her antique doilies to stifen up and she would dry them over inverted bowls. I think you could do the same with this pattern and see how large you can go. Hit the remnent rack for cheap fabric to practice.

  • dorothy56 1 Nov, 2008

    I think you should use a heavier stabilizer in between the fusible web. Upper fabric-fusible web- heavy duty stabilizer-fusible web-bottom fabric.

  • annrishell 1 Nov, 2008

    I think it would be nice in leather!

  • Valady49 1 Nov, 2008

    I wonder how big you could go and it remain stable. I would love to make one up for a friend to put her balls of yarn in. It would make a great decoration even then.

  • beekats 1 Nov, 2008

    Maybe spraying with scotch-grade after it's done would help protect it from staining [ I wouldn't use it for food ]
    Great Fall homey idea beekats