I use bowl cozies to protect my hands from a hot bowl if I’m eating on the couch or away from the table. It’s stops my hands from getting too hot and it’s nice to hold something cozy! I never put my bowl cozies in the microwave, so this tutorial is not designed to be microwave safe. If I microwave my bowl, I use pot holders to get it out and then set the hot bowl in the bowl cozy.
Another thing that this cozy is great for is cold ice cream bowls! I hate when the bowl starts freezing my hands. It also helps the ice cream not melt from the heat of my hands. Win win! The DIY Reversible Bowl Cozy is a fast sew and uses very little materials so it’s a great project to knock off in an afternoon. Ready to learn how I make mine? Let’s go!
- Fabric-I used cotton woven. You only need enough to make 2 ten inch squares. The 2 squares can be the same fabric or use two different fabrics, whatever you want!
- Cotton Batting
- Basic sewing supplies (thread, pins/clips, sewing machine, ruler)
Decide what size bowl cozy you want
- I made 2 different size bowl cozies. I did one at 10 inches by 10 inches and the other one at 9 inches by 9 inches. You can use these measurements or make some that are bigger or smaller.
- In the picture below, the pink flowered one is the 9X9 inch and the blue one is 10X10 inches. Each one works for the 2 different size bowls that I have. I like the 10X10 best.
- Cut 2 fabric squares to your desired dimensions (mine are 10 inches by 10 inches)
- Cut 2 squares of cotton batting to the same size as your fabric
Quilting the fabric and batting together
- You can choose any design that you want to quilt the pieces together. You can make an X, or a plus sign, or lines, or anything! I did both the X and the plus sign.
To make the X shape:
- I chose to draw on my batting pieces so that the marks won’t show on the main fabric when the bowl cozy is done.
- Use a ruler and line it up with the opposite corners
- Draw a straight, diagonal line on the batting
- Do the same thing with the remaining two corners
- You now have an X shape drawn
- Put 1 of your main fabric pieces on top of the batting
- The fabric will be wrong side against the side of the batting that you did NOT draw on
- Pin the fabric to the batting
- Stitch along the X that you made to sew the fabric to the batting
- Repeat all of the above on your 2nd fabric square and batting pieces
To make a plus sign instead of an X:
- Find the middle of each side of the batting square and mark them
- Draw a line from one mark to the mark on the opposite side
- Do the same for the top and bottom sides
- Put the fabric on top of the batting. The fabric will be wrong side against the side of the batting that you did NOT draw on
- Stitch along the plus sign that you drew to sew the batting and fabric together.
- Repeat with the 2nd fabric and batting square
Making the darts
- Now, you need to make 4 darts on each square
- Fold a square in half right sides together
- At the corner, measure down 1 inch from the fold and put a mark
- Measure over 1 inch from the side and put a mark
- Draw a diagonal line between the two marks
- Repeat the same process on the other folded corner
- Sew along the lines, be sure to back stitch at the beginning and end
- Now, unfold it and refold the square the other way
- It will lay a little funny because of the darts on the other sides, that’s ok
- Use the same method to make 2 more darts on these new folded corners
- Next, trim off the corners, but do NOT trim your stitches
- Repeat this process on your second square of fabric. Once you have 4 darts sewn, trim the corners and you’re ready to put the bowl cozy together
Construct the bowl cozy
- Flip one right side out and one wrong side out
- Put them inside each other so that they are right sides together
- Pin or clip all around the edges of the bowl cozy-make sure your corners and points are lined up with each other
- Leave a 2-3 inch gap for turning right sides out
- After sewing, cut off your points
- Cut little slits into the corners by the darts
- Again, do NOT cut into the stitches, you’ll be sad!
- Turn your bowl cozy right sides out through the gap that you left unsewn.
- Use a pencil or something similar to push out the corners
- Push one side of your fabric down into the other one to create a bowl shape
- Top stitch around the entire edge. This will also close that gap
- You’re done!
- You made you’re very own bowl cozy! Now, go eat some soup or ice cream and try it out 🙂