Make a Microwave Bowl Cozy / Potholder | Peggy Hazelwood | Skillshare

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Make a Microwave Bowl Cozy / Potholder

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Make a Microwave Bowl Cozy


    • 2.

      List of Supplies


    • 3.

      Cut the Fabric and Batting


    • 4.

      Sew the Darts


    • 5.

      Join the Two Sides


    • 6.

      Finishing the Microwave Bowl Cozy


    • 7.

      Closing and Class Project


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About This Class

Have you ever reached into the microwave and burned your hand on the bowl? It hurts!

Make a microwave bowl cozy or potholder and protect your hands from the hot bowl. Make these easy fabric bowls and give them as gifts to protect the hands of someone you love.

This easy sewing project is great for beginners or more advanced sewists. The bowl cozies work up quickly and are very forgiving making them a great simple project for just about anyone to tackle.

The only thing that you must do for this class is to be sure to use all cotton materials, including thread, fabric, and batting. This way nothing will catch on fire or melt in the microwave. Other than that, these fabric bowls are a cinch so let's get started making a microwave bowl cozy.

Supplies needed:

Cotton fabric (10 x 10 inches)

Cotton batting (9 x 9 inches)

Cotton thread

Sewing machine, scissors, pins

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Peggy Hazelwood

Fun and Learning Go Hand in Hand


Crafting and Writing

Hi! I'm Peggy. I enjoy crafting and sewing, and I also love to write and have so many years of experience with the written word that it's second nature to me. I want to share both of my loves with you!

I just added a new class in my Writing Basics series. The class is great as a refresher on spelling words that sound the same but are spelled differently. Make your writing better and maybe even error free. Check it out!

Many of my crafting classes are reuse and recycle craft projects, which makes them inexpensive to make. This makes it easy for everyone to enjoy these easy and fun classes.

I've also published an easy sewing class and hope you'll check it out. If you have a bit of sewing experience my simple sewing projects will be per... See full profile

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1. Make a Microwave Bowl Cozy: Hi, I'm Peggy, and this is the skill share class. How to sew a microwave bowl? Cozy. Another one for a cozy is a potholder. It's basically a fabric bowl, and it's reversible. On this side. There's red and white dotted fabric, and on this one is day of the Dead sugar skull fabric, so you can just flip them around just by pushing on the center portion. And the way they work is you place your bowl or cup. You could put a cup in there, too, and you place them both in the microwave. And when you're done heating up your food or cooking, you take both out and your hands are protected by the cozy. So let's get started, click the enroll button and will begin this easy sewing project. Her wave bowl is basically a fabric bowl that you can use in the microwave. You said microwavable bowl inside of it, and he thinks he's going to eat something 2. List of Supplies: The first supply you need for making microwave cozies is a sewing machine. Next, you'll need to templates 1 10 by 10 inches, 10 inches by 10 inches for the fabric and the next template you'll need. And I just made these out of light. Cardboard is a nine by nine, and that's for the batting. So 1 10 by 10 and 19 by nine inch. Then you'll need some sewing notions, some pins, scissors, cotton thread and the ruler for making the templates, and that's it for the selling. Next, you'll need cotton fabric, and it's important to use cotton thread and cotton fabric and cotton batting as we'll get to in a minute, because your microwave fabric bowl for cozy we'll go in the microwave. Here is the cotton batting, and it really needs to be 100% cotton and not a polyester cotton blend, because polyester can melt or catch fire 3. Cut the Fabric and Batting: The next step is to cut the fabric. Use your 10 by 10 inch a cardboard template or you can use just regular paper if you want and place it on your cotton fabric. You're going to cut to pieces. You can either use the same fabric for the front and back, or both sides of the microwave bone cozy or you can use to different pieces of fabric and designs. I like using two, because that makes it truly reversible. And it's just a fun look. I think so. You just penda template onto your fabric and cut it out. I used cardboard because it was sturdier and it held up well. I made several of these cozies for Christmas gifts, and the cardboard holds up a lot better than paper. And there you have two pieces of fabric. If you double your fabric and next you'll need cotton batting. And my cat got up on the table and was helping me during this portion and he wouldn't move . So I just worked around him. And don't worry, I did not cut his tail where his hair at all, and you double this too, so you have two pieces of nine by nine batting, and then it's a good idea to give your fabric a quick press before sowing. 4. Sew the Darts: The next step is to take some fabric, and I'm using a piece that I've ironed so that it looks a lot nicer. You place your batting on the fabric and you can just roughly lay it in the center. You're gonna take your fabric and fold it over so that the right sides are together. And then I just have all this. I go about two inches up and I'm gonna make a dark gonna start here, and I'm gonna so down. It's like a trap is oId maybe a triangle that's flat on one side. So anyway, you just take your sewing machine, start right there with the Straits ditch, and my thread came out. So when that happens, you re thread your machine and start over. So you start about their you want nice big darts. You want good size ones. So you start and you back up to seal the stitch, and then you come on down all the way to the end, backed up again, and you have one dart. So that's what the one dart looks like. And then we're gonna flip it over, folded in half this way to get an idea of where the other dart should be, and it should be even with that. So I'm gonna hold my finger there, and so another dart back up and back up and snip your threats and you have to dart. So far, it's starting to look sort of like a bowl. Then you're gonna fold your fabric the other way just like that and start here roughly in the same spot. You can measure this and pin it and everything if you want to, but I found that it goes really quickly without doing that. And there's the third dart. Trim your threads. You do the same thing again. You folded in half. So you've got just 1/4 showing and you line up your fourth dart with this one and actually might. It wasn't folded in half, so we start again and there is our fourth dart. So when you open it up, it's really beginning to look like a bowl. And now we'll just fast forward through doing the other side, making the darts. It's really pretty quick, but this is even faster. Next we need to trim the darts. Just take your each dart and trim it about 1/4 of an inch from the edge. Be sure not to trim your stitching, and that will make it less bulky whenever the bowl is put together with the two sides together. 5. Join the Two Sides: So now that we've trimmed the darts, cut away the fabric so that it just leaves. What is that? Maybe half an inch 1/4 of an inch. And you've got both sides of the fabric bowl and they do look like bowls at this point. So now what you need to do is take them and put the right sides together, and you're gonna so around the entire outside and these look like maybe the day of the dead one fabric is a little bigger. And if that's the case, you just line up the center where your two darts are and pennant right there. And that's fine, because I didn't measure everything. It is gonna be a little bit off, but if you line up your darts and pin the fabric at those points, it's OK. So what you're gonna do is take your two bowls two sides of your fabric bowl, microwave cozy back to the sewing machine and so around completely around three sides. And then when you get to the fourth side, leave an opening about at least half so that you can turn it so we'll go over to the sewing machine now and so this we're back at the sewing machine and we're just going to start sewing around with a straight stitch the sides of your microwave and always remember to reverse your sewing machine so that it catches all the stitches and feels. - And as you can see this side, I'm not catching the batting when I'm sewing it. But that's OK. We're going to do a little bit of quilting to catch everything at the end, and it will be fine. So we're going on the third side now. Now we're at the fourth side of the bowl and I'm going to so about halfway over and then rivers to catch my stitches. Go ahead and stop and trim your threat, and now we're going to turn the microwave. Oh, cozy. And be sure to leave plenty of room to do this because it makes it really tricky if you just leave a few inches because you need to get your hands in there. And would you look at that? It looks like a bowl, and it's reversible. 6. Finishing the Microwave Bowl Cozy: Okay, The next thing we're gonna do is fold in this little opening and so that we are going to seal off that opening. So it looks nice. We'll pin it together. This is kind of an important thing to pen just to keep your fed work straight. Now you'll need to take a pen, and now's a good time to do it and pull out the corners. Just they don't have to be perfect, but it's good to get the fabric turned as much as you can. And this just gives it a nice finished look. I made a whole bunch of these probably 12 10 or 12 as Christmas gifts this year, and at first I started pinning everything. And then it just became sort of an assembly line, and that's when I discovered I didn't really need to pin it for the darts and everything. Maybe I'll turn it this way. You can see the fabric a little better, so I have my opening pin shut, and I'm going to use a decorative stitch so I'll change my sewing machine setting a little bit, uses exact stitch to go around the edges. I'm gonna put my pins on this red and white dotted. I'm going to start sewing right here in this way because this is a top stitch that's going to show. I'm going to line up the edge and keep it a little more precise. So you just start and again back up to steal the stitch, and I'm just using my zipper foot as a guide. I'm keeping in along the edge of the fabric and just gonna so around the entire edge of the microwave, bold, cozy. And when I get to the corners, I usually stop and use the manual movement thing. It's a little thicker there. So going down the second side and remember when we trimmed the darts? That helps a lot, because if you didn't, you'd have a big, thick pile of fabric inside to so over and again, I'll use my hand. Real Dele coming down the third side and the final side. And there we go. We have met at the starting point, so I'm going to trim the thes threads very close and clean up the beginning threads. Get rid of those. This just gives everything a nice finished look and I'll take out my pins and we have a nice top stitching, a little hard to see, but there it is. It looks pretty good, and now the finishing touch is to so inside and what I do, and it's gonna make a distinct bowl shape by doing this. What I do is start at a dart and go around to the next art and just make a little circle inside there, and I'm going to leave it on the zigzag stitch. You can use a straight stitch. You can do whatever you want. There's no right or wrong, and you can come up with a new way of doing something. I think that's great. It's whatever works for you, so you kind of push your fabric to the middle and begin so it and kind of pull it so that it it stays flat. You don't want a lot of puffers in there, and you go around the entire center, staying close to the edge of the dart. There are four darts, so you meet up at the darts and at the end again, you reverse your stitches so that it we'll seal them and you don't have any frying or so in coming apart and I will trim the stitches. There's the side and here's this side and our fabric bowl is done. The inside has a nice little round portion to set your bowline. 7. Closing and Class Project: all right, we finished making the microwave bowl cozy, and I hope you agree that it's a simple sewing project. Really easy. It's just a step by step thing. Every time I make one, it's 15 or 20 minutes is all it takes. Once I sort of gotten the rhythm. I made several of these, and I would say in an hour you could easily cut out your fabric and batting and so up the cozy and then your hands will be protected indefinitely. So please leave a review and click the yes button above two. If you like this class to recommend it to other skill, share students for your class project. Make a cozy and then take a photo of it and share it with us. I'd love to see what you come up with. There's all kinds of fun cotton fabric out there to use, so that can be exciting to picking out fabric and back concludes this class. Thanks so much, and I'll see you again soon