Bowl Cozy Tutorial

Bowl Cozy Free patterns Tutorial

Let’s make a microwaveable bowl cozy!

Bowl cozies are honestly something I never know I needed until I made a batch - now I use them all the time! 

When heating in the microwave, you need to ensure that you are only using natural fibres, this includes your batting (100% cotton with no scrim) and your thread (including your bobbin thread). In this tutorial I am using a cotton/linen blend as my outer fabric, Pellon wrap‘n zap cotton batting and Gütermann cotton thread. 

Materials needed for one bowl cozy:

  • 2 x 10” squares of fabric
  • 2 x 9.5" squares of 100% cotton batting with no scrim
  • Coordinating (or not, you do you) cotton thread
  • Fabric marking pen

Let's get started!

  1. Centre and pin your batting squares to the wrong side of your fabric squares. 
  2. Draw diagonal lines corner to corner. It’s easier if you don’t pin directly on those diagonals.
  3. Stitch across the diagonal lines.
  4. Fold stitched squares in half, right sides together. We are repeating all of the same steps on both squares.
  5. To make the darts, mark a point 2” down your fold and 1” across. Draw a line between the two points and pin. Repeat for the other/bottom end.
  6. Sew on those two marked lines
  7. Trim corners off. Leave about 1/8” seam allowance
  8. Fold squares in the opposite direction, mark 2" down the fold and 1" over, draw a line, pin and stitch on the line. Repeat for the other/bottom end
  9. Trim corners off. Leave about 1/8" seam allowance.
  10. Now you should be able to form two bowl shapes. Turn one right side up, the other batting side up.
  11. Place them right sides together and pin or clip (or both) all around. Make sure darts and corners are lined up. Mark a 2.5-3" "no-sew" gap for turning. Mine is the orange clip
  12. Now let's sew! Use a 1/4" seam allowance. Slow down when you are sewing over the darts, even though we have trimmed the batting, there is still a lot of bulk. Pivot at the corners, don't forget to leave your gap for turning, backstitch at both sides of the gap.
  13. Clip your corners to reduce bulk, being careful not to cut through your stitches
  14. Turn right side out! It's fiddly. Take your time. If you didn't leave a large enough gap to be able to turn it without colourful language, pick out a couple of stitches. Sigh
  15. We're almost there! Gently push out your corners
  16. Shape bowl and give it a quick iron. Pin or clip your turning gap neatly.
  17. Topstitch using a 1/8" seam, ensuring gap is closed.
  18. Ta-daaaa! You are done!          



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