Are you all ready for day 3 of our Christmas freebies?! I don’t know about you, but I LOVE a bowl of warm soup during the winter…. but HATE grabbing that super hot bowl out of the microwave. Enter the bowl cozy – a hot pad for your soup bowl!!
You can place the bowl directly into the bowl cozy, place it into the microwave, and then heat it up! Alternatively, you could use it to protect your hands when eating super cold foods, like ice cream! YUM!
- A fat quarter of 100% cotton woven fabric, such as quilting cotton
- 1/2 yard of 100% cotton batting. I like using Pellon wrap and zap, it’s specifically designed to be microwaved!
- 100% cotton thread
*Note, it is extremely important that all materials used are 100% cotton since the bowl cozy will be microwaved.
LET’S GET STARTED!
1/2″ seam allowances included.
Step 1: PREPPING
Go grab the pattern HERE! The pattern is 100% free, but you do need to add it to your cart and check out. Then, it will always be available to download from your account. The pattern is a no trim pattern; if you need help putting the pattern together, pop over to the faqs and troubleshooting page or ask in our Facebook group .
Print and assemble the pattern. Choose either the rounded bowl cozy option or the squared bowl cozy option and cut out the pattern piece.
For rounded cozy, print pages 1-2 and 4-5.
For squared cozy, print pages 2-3 and 5-6.
Pattern layout shown below:
You will need to cut 2 out of the main fabric (you may use the same fabric for both pieces or two different fabric pieces), and 2 out of the batting.
Cut out the darts on the pattern piece ONLY. The darts are indicated as the dashed lines on the pattern piece.
Step 2: ATTACHING THE BATTING
Place one batting piece on top of the wrong side of one main piece. Pin in place. Sew a basting stitch (a long, straight stitch that can easily be removed) along the outer edge, temporarily securing the batting to the main fabric.
Sew a straight line along the two diagonal marked lines you just made, attaching the batting to the main fabric.
Repeat these steps with the other main piece of fabric and batting.
Step 3: SEWING THE DARTS
Using the pattern piece as a template, trace the dart markings onto the batting side using a wash away pen/marking tool.
Mark the outside two edges of one dart with a pin. Match the two pins(outside edges) of one dart together by folding the dart in half, with right sides together.
Sew along the dart, back stitching at the pointed end of the dart to secure the stitch line. Alternatively, you could knot the ends of your thread at this point. Then trim the seam allowance down to 1/8″.
Repeat this step with the rest of the darts on both pieces of fabric.
Step 4: FINISHING THE BOWL
Turn one ‘bowl’ wrong side out and place it inside the the other bowl. The bowls will be right sides together. Match the darts and sewn lines together. Sew the two ‘bowl’ pieces together along the top edge with a 1/2″ seam allowance, leaving a 2″ gap unsewn. Trim the seam allowance in half with pinking shears (do NOT trim down the unsewn portion).
If making the square version, make sure to clip the corners and the center seam (make sure to clip to, but not through the outer sewn edge). I highly recommend trimming the seam allowance down to 1/4″, which will reduce the bulk at this seam.
Now turn the bowl right sides out. Tuck the unsewn edge in. Topstitch along the outer edge, closing up the unsewn edge.
Place your bowl inside your cozy and enjoy using with your favorite warm or cold dish!!