How to Sew a Soup Bowl Cozy
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Protect your hands, and your table, from hot bowls with a set of these soup bowl cozies. If you make them out of 100% cotton fabric, batting and thread, they can even go in the microwave. This project doesn’t require much fabric, which makes it a great stash buster and gift idea.
What You Need:
(For a set of 4)
(4) 10″ x 10″ pieces of 100% cotton fabric for the front of the bowl cozies
(4) 10″ x 10″ pieces of 100% cotton fabric for the back of the bowl cozies
(8) 10″ x 10″ pieces of 100% cotton batting (I used Pellon’s Wrap-N-Zap)
100% cotton thread
A sewing machine (This is the machine that I have)
Optional (But Nice to Have)
An air or water-soluble marker
A self-healing cutting mat
A rotary cutter (This is the one I have)
A walking foot for your sewing machine
Warning: Only 100% cotton, non-metallic fabric, batting and thread, should be used if you intend to put these in the microwave. Other materials could catch fire.
What You Do:
Pin a piece of batting to the back of each fabric square.
Then, use an air or water-soluble marker to draw diagonal lines from each corner.
Stitch along the diagonal lines you drew, to quilt your bowl cozies. I recommend starting in the center and sewing out. If you start at the corners, your fabric and batting is likely to bunch.
Now, fold your quilted pieces in half, so that the fold is positioned on the right-side of your work surface. Measure one inch over from the top of the fold, and make a dot. Then, measure two inches down from the top of the fold, and make another dot. Connect the two dots with your marking pen to create the outline for the first dart. Repeat the process at the bottom of the fold.
Tip: If you plan to make a bunch of these soup bowl cozies, make a dart template that you can trace. This will save you from having to measure for each dart.
Sew along the dart lines.
Then, trim the excess fabric inside the darts to eliminate some of the bulk.
Now, fold your quilted pieces in half in the other direction, and repeat the process to create two more darts.
Here’s how your quilted cozy pieces should look from the back …
and here’s how they should look from the front. Almost there!
To finish your soup bowl cozies, pin the two halves of each soup bowl cozy together, good sides facing in. Take the time to get the edges lined up well.
Then, stitch around the edge, using a 1/4-inch (or slightly bigger) seam allowance. Leave a three-inch opening, for turning.
Turn your bowl cozies right-side out, and push out all the corners.
Then, stitch the seam shut, and you’re soup bowl cozies are finished!
I designed these to fit snuggly, so your bowls won’t slip and slide when you’re carrying them to the table.
Bowl cozies aren’t just for hot foods. They can also be used to keep your hands warm when you’re eating ice cream.
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I love the soup bowl cozies I made and use them in the microwave all the time. I never thought about using them when I have a bowlful of ice cream. Thanks for the tip.
I would like to make a couple of cozies from your pattern and use them to donate to the Holiday Market of our quilt guild. The market is an online auction for members only. We are a 501 c 3 organization.
Is the pattern copyrighted?
The instructions are copyrighted, but you’re welcome to use them to make some soup bowl cozies to donate.