By Erin Huffstetler | 08/23/2020 | 2 Comments
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Make a bowl cover for your stand mixer to keep it dust-free between uses. This is a quick and easy project, and would make an excellent gift for any of the bakers in your life. Since this project only requires two fat quarters of fabric, it also happens to be a great stash buster.
Lots of stand mixer bowls, including mine, have a handle on the side, so I designed this cover to fit around the bowl handle, without bunching up.
And just for fun, I made it reversible. Use a different fabric on each side, and you can quickly change the look of your mixer, whenever the mood strikes.
I used cotton canvas to make my mixing bowl cover, but you could just as easily use quilting cotton, or laminated cotton (if you want it to be wipeable).
Let’s get to it, shall we?
How to Sew a Reversible Bowl Cover for a Stand Mixer
These instructions can be used to make a bowl cover for any brand and size of stand mixer.
What You’ll Need:
- (2) Fat quarters of fabric (cotton canvas, quilting cotton or laminated cotton)
- 1/4″ elastic
- A ruler
- Sewing pins or sewing clips
- A sewing machine (This is the machine that I have)
- A safety pin
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)
- Pinking shears (This is my favorite pair)
What You Do:
Lay your first piece of fabric, good side down on your work surface. Then, flip your mixing bowl upside down on the fabric, and trace around the bowl with a pencil, or air-soluble marker. Use a ruler to measure two inches out from the edge of the bowl, and make a mark. Continue measuring two inches out and making a mark, until you’ve made your way all the way around the bowl. Connect your marks to form a circle.
Cut along the outer circle, to create the first circle for your cover.
Then, lay the circle you just cut on the second piece of fabric; trace around it; and cut out your second circle.
If you’re making this for someone else, and you don’t have their mixing bowl to trace, a circle with a 12-1/2-inch diameter will fit a 5-quart KitchenAid Mixer, and a circle with a 14-inch diameter will fit a 7-quart KitchenAid. I have both sizes, so I measured.
Pin the two pieces together, right-sides facing.
Then, sew a 1/4-inch seam around the outside of the circles. Be sure to leave a two-inch opening for turning.
Trim any excess fabric around the edge. Pinking shears are great for this.
Then, turn the mixing bowl cover right side out …
and top-stitch a one-half-inch seam all the way around the circle, to create a channel for the elastic.
Attach a safety pin to the end of a piece of elastic.
Then, use it to work the elastic through one end of the channel, until it comes out the other size. Don’t worry about cutting the elastic to a certain size, before you start. That comes later.
The bowl cover will start to cinch up as you work, and that’s A-okay.
Once you’ve fed the elastic all the way through, stretch the cover over your mixing bowl to give it a test fit. Be sure to hold on to both ends of the elastic, when you do this, so you don’t lose them.
Pull the elastic tight, to remove the excess.
Then, use a zig zag stitch to sew the two ends of the elastic together. I usually go back and forth over the elastic three or for times, to make sure it’s secure.
Cut off the extra elastic, when you’re done.
Then, use a 1/8-inch seam to sew the opening shut. The elastic is going to fight you a bit. I placed a sewing clip on either side of the opening to hold the elastic taut, while I sewed. This helped, but it’s still one of those jobs where you’re going to wish you had an extra hand or two.
And just like that, you have a bowl cover for your stand mixer.
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