Have you ever gone to grab a bowl from the microwave only to discover that it's too hot to handle? These homemade bowl-shaped pot holders are the perfect thing to stack next to the microwave to prevent burns and spills. They're also great for watching television with a nice warm bowl of soup or chili. Best of all, bowl cozies are an easy and quick sewing project that anyone can handle.
It's very important that you do not use anything except 100 percent cotton: cotton fabric, cotton... batting, and cotton thread. Polyester and other synthetics are apt to melt and can even start a fire if used in the microwave.
To use these handy potholders, just set your bowl inside, microwave it until the contents are warm, then remove the bowl. Even if the bowl gets hot, your hands will stay cool.
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Microwave bowl holders are a great project if you're new to sewing. Even though they are simple to make, you might need more detailed step by step instructions to create the perfect cozy.
This free and very detailed tutorial is accompanied by many photos to make the directions crystal clear and easy to follow. It's also very simple because you'll use just two pieces of fabric and batting. No special cuts are required.
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Another great tutorial for beginners, this one is also a nice introduction to the basics of quilting. You'll practice working with batting and sewing straight lines while creating a fluffy, nicely insolated bowl cozy.
The instructions are detailed and explained perfectly so anyone can follow along. The big photos also make it easy to understand some of the tricks and tools quilters use.
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A reversible bowl holder makes a great gift for any occasion. This free tutorial includes detailed instructions and photos to help you sew one.
This is also an excellent way to use up smaller pieces of scrap material that won't work for larger sewing projects. As an extra bonus, you can have fun playing with the quilting stitches, making as many wavy lines as you like.
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Whether you're a quilter or not, you'll find this tutorial easy to follow and you'll love the result. Essentially, you'll create a padded bowl holder that has all the charm of a hand-made mini quilt.
This is the perfect project that uses up fabric scraps, even your smallest pieces. Spend a weekend sewing up a few of these and your stash will quickly disappear.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
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Not all bowls are the same size. This free tutorial offers instructions for making three different sized potholders at 8, 10, and 12 inches wide.
You will appreciate the very clear directions in this tutorial. The photos are helpful as well, giving you a very close look at the finer points of stitching this simple project.
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Do you have a bowl that's extra large or super small? This project shows you just how easy it is to create a bowl cozy that's just the right size.
With bright photos and clearly written instructions, this is a really great tutorial that is simple enough so even beginners will have success.
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If you find that you do need a pattern for a microwave cozy, we have a few good ones to check out. First of all, this downloadable pattern takes all the guesswork out of the basic design.
It's extremely easy to follow and the price is also reasonable, or you can trade in some of the points you have accumulated on their site.
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Craftsy is another great site for finding and buying sewing patterns you can download. This particular project creates a bowl holder that has a different shape than most others.
The semi-rounded design of the project means you don't have pointy ends sticking out from your bowl. Yet, it still leaves you with enough room to easily grasp the holder. Also, this one includes a nice trim edging that puts a pretty finishing touch on the project.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
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One-Hour Petal Bowl Holder
For a microwave-safe bowl holder with a very cute shape, take a look at this pattern from Craftsy. It's another one you can purchase and it comes at a very reasonable price. Plus, there's a three-piece set option if you want to sew up matching mitts and a hot meal holder.
With the pattern, the petal shape is easy to create, even if you have very little sewing experience. The rounded tips are a nice touch and it's perfect for bright floral and fruit fabric patterns.