Learn how to make a bowl cozy with batting and fabric scraps. Bowl cozies are quick and easy to make and they are great handmade gifts.
Bowl cozies are so fun to use. They keep your soup warm, they protect your hands from getting burned, and they catch soup drips from hitting the table.
My favorite reason to have them in the kitchen is that my kids love to use them when they make instant oatmeal. It helps them be self sufficient, it catches any spills, and they don’t get burned getting it out of the microwave.
What is a Bowl cozy?
A bowl cozy is an insulated bowl holder that can be heated in the microwave. There are two layers of cotton batting, and it has corners for easy holding.
Why must a bowl cozy be made from cotton?
Cotton can withstand heat while polyester, nylon, rayon, or wool cannot. Cotton can be put in the microwave for a short amount of time while other fabrics cannot.
Make sure there is no small pieces of metal in the fabric which would cause a fire in the microwave.
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How to Make a Bowl Cozy
- Scrap fabric – 100% Cotton
- Scrap batting – 100% Cotton – like Wrap-N-Zap by Pellon*
- Scrap interfacing – 100% Cotton – like Cotton interfacing by Pellon*
- 100% cotton thread
- Sewing tools
- Optional: 1/2″ double fold bias binding – 100% cotton – learn how to make and use bias tape
- Sewing machine
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Bowl Cozy Pattern
Cut two pieces of fabric 10 inches by 10 inches. Cut batting or fusible fleece 10 inches by 10 inches. Cut fusible interfacing 10 inches by 10 inches.
You can also double the batting by cutting two and fusing them to both fabrics. One fabric will have the interfacing fused between the batting and the fabric.
Fuse the interfacing to the back of one piece of fabric and the fusible fleece to the back of the other piece of fabric.
Mark the diagonal lines from corner to corner on the front.
Mark the center lines from center to center on the back.
Sew a straight line through each diagonal line.
Fold the square right sides together along the centered lines and pin.
Sew a dart along each line of stitching. Start sewing the dart 1 inch in from the fold and sew down 2 and 1/4 inches. If you need extra help you can learn the basics of how to sew darts. Do the same to the other lines.
Trim the excess out of all the darts leaving a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
Press the darts open.
Trim and round all the corners. I have a personal preference to sew bias binding on curved corners. I find it easier to sew, and it makes the bowl cozy look a little like a flower.
Place both pieces wrong sides together. Clip bias binding around the whole edge.
Finish edges by sewing the double fold bias binding around the edges.
Place both squares right sides together and pin all the edges.
Sew all the way around the edges with a 3/8 inch seam allowance. Leave a 3 inch hole for turning. Backstitch when you start and when you stop and pivot at the corners.
Trim the corners to reduce the bulk when you turn it right side out.
Turn the bowl cozy right side out. Poke out the corners with a point turner.
Edgestitch the hole closed and all the way around. Press the edges flat. You finished!
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I believe small sewing moments can create great joy. Find your own “right” way to sew. -Heather