How to Make a Bowl Cozy: Two Ways!
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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
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!
If you make something using this sewing project, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!
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Hi Heather. What kind of fusible fleece and fusible interfacing are you using that is 100% cotton? I’m finding polyester which is flammable. Thank you!
I like Wrap N Zap by Pellon for batting/fleece and Pellon cotton interfacing.
made these for friends aand neighbors for Christmas and people love them. I’ve been asked to make more! I am experimenting with a dinner plate-size cozy now.
That is awesome!
Can regular cotton batting be used or must it be the expensive wrap and zap?
I use regular 100% cotton batting and I don’t put mine in the microwave for very long at one time.
I would love to see a six petal bowl cozy pattern. Is that possible?
I will have to create a new pattern for that, but I’ll put it on my list of things to create!
Can you address a way to size the cozy to your bowl? Mine are not as deep but with a wider mouth.
Do you want the overall size to be bigger? The cozy to be deeper?
You would increase the overall size, and you would have to slightly increase the darts. Like a 15 inch square and 1.5 inch darts that are 3 inches long. Does that make sense?
Thanks for your help
You need to have a statement about using 100% COTTON THREAD for sewing and quilting.
It is also important to have quilting in the center and edges if you plan to laundry these when drips occur!
Thank you for catching my mistake!
These look great and EASY. Will try it out as presents Thanks
Very nice tutorial! Thanks for sharing this with everyone. I do have one suggestion. Could you please use a darker typeface? It’s so hard to read these light text colors. A real strain. Especially for anyone with vision problems. Anyway, thanks again for an excellent tutorial for these handy bowl cozies.