Step 1: Gather Materials
-A plastic salad bowl big enough to cover a plate (or whatever you want to cover)when turned upside down, this one is from the dollar store.
-Fabric of your choice, about 1/2 yard is sufficient for most bowl sizes.
-A handle (old drawer knobs work great)
-Glue (preferably hot glue, but other kinds work too)
-A sewing machine or needle and thread
-Optional: paint and any accessories you would like to decorate with such as beads, bows, charms etc.
Step 2: Make the Fabric Cover
The dimensions of your cover will depend on the size and shape of your bowl, but a good starting point is to measure the circumference of the lip of the bowl and the length from the bottom center to the lip of the bowl, plus 1" more so you will have enough to fold under the lip. Divide the circumference into the number of strips of fabric you want to use (usually a minimum of 6), that number will be the width of the pattern and the center to lip measurement will be the height (don't forget to add 1/4" all the way around for the seam when you sew it). You will need to get a few more measurements before you cut out the pattern though, because with only the two measurements it will come out looking like a cone, not a bowl. To get the pattern to contour to the bowl measure the circumference of the bowl at 1" increments all the way down(remember to divide by the number of strips again). I have illustrated what I mean in the pictures if it's unclear.
Once you have the pattern figured out you can cut the fabric out and sew it up.
Step 3: Cover the Bowl
In the center of the bowl, make a hole big enough for the handle to fit in, but don't actually attach the handle yet. For most salad bowls a kitchen knife or pair of scissors will do the trick, or even the screw on the handle sometimes.
To put on the fabric cover, simply place the bowl upside down and put glue on it followed by the fabric cover. Rub it with your hands to flatten out any wrinkles and gently pull the edges to the lip of the bowl. Then dab a bead of glue along the inside lip of the bowl and fold the edge of the fabric into it to create a nice finished edge on the outside.
Step 4: Finishing Touches
Keep in mind that these don't have to be girly; you could use something like a toy car for the handle and forgo the fabric cover for a simpler, more masculine look.