Handmade Foldable Bowl
We have been making many of the camping and cycling related items that we plan on taking on our trip (from stoves to bags, both coming up soon in future posts). To test out our new 2.3 ounce waterproof silicon impregnated nylon fabric that Adie brought back from New York, we decided on an easier project to get used to sewing the material. We had heard of foldable bowls on our favorite bike touring sites and felt we could make just as good a design ourselves, and one that weighed considerably less. We designed our bowl “square bottom stuff sack style.” Although the top was round we found it easier to sew the bottom into an 8” inch square. The bowl was also around 8 inches high.
We used extra bicycle brake cable housing as our structure, it formed a ring around the top that was sewn in (above) and formed a 3 sided bracket that fit into pockets on 2 sides and the bottom of the bowl.
Above the almost finished bottom of the bowl. To make it we folded the fabric in half, sewed the 2 seams and then folded the fabric to make a rhombus. Then we measured and cut along the chalk lines. It’s all explained in the square bottom stuff sack link above. We attached an opened ended tube across the bottom for the bracket and then Rob hand sewed the side pockets which took a long time! We then used a mix of silicone seam sealer and white spirit (paint thinner) to seal all the seams along the inside of bag so water wouldn’t get out. we had to do this several times to make sure it was water tight.
Now we have a 7 Liter foldable bowl to store food, wash dishes/laundry etc and it only cost us around $3 -4. If you would like to make one of these or just see the process in greater depth, we plan on writing a detailed how-to on the website instructables.com soon. If you have any questions about this or other projects just post in the comments.