10 Microwave Dish and Bowl Cozy Sewing Patterns

Mollie Johanson

A hot bowl of soup or chili is great—except when it's too hot to take out of the microwave! Solve that problem with a handmade potholder designed to go in the microwave along with the bowl. You can grab your heated food and enjoy it right away.

Here you'll find several styles and sizes of bowl cozies, plus a few other items to keep your food warm and your microwave free from food splatters.

The secret to making these bowl holders is to work with 100% cotton fabric, batting, and thread. Using polyester can result in melting or even fire in your microwave.

Get ready to enjoy some leftovers and start sewing a bowl cozy or two!

  • 01 of 10

    Easy Microwave Bowl Potholders

    Microwaveable Bowl Holders
    Mollie Johanson

    Sew a whole stack of cozies in a hurry with this easy tutorial for microwave bowl potholders. When you sew them in batches, it takes less time, which is perfect for making gifts or preparing to serve soup or chili to a crowd!

  • 02 of 10

    A Uniquely-Shaped Quilted Bowl Cozy Tutorial

    Quilted Bowl Cozy Pattern

    Diane Knott / Craftsy

    This free tutorial shows you how to make a bowl cozy with a different shape from many you'll find. The tabs make it easy to grab your bowl out of the microwave and they look cute too!

  • 03 of 10

    Fat Quarter Microwave Splatter Cover

    Microwave Splatter Cover Pattern

    Nancy's Notions

    Nobody likes a messy microwave! Save yourself some cleaning time with this splatter guard. It's just the right size for covering a bowl of soup or other leftovers as they reheat. Plus, it's designed to work with fat quarters, so you can head to your fabric stash to get started!

  • 04 of 10

    Micro-Safe Hot Holders Pattern

    Micro-Safe Hot Holders Pattern

    Indygo Junction

    From individual soup bowls to larger serving bowls, this pattern from Indygo Junction protects your hands from hot dishes. The three sizes nest together for storage and all three come in the PDF or printed pattern. And they're so cute that you can even leave bowls in them on the table!

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  • 05 of 10

    Insulated Casserole Carrier Project

    Insulated Casserole Carrier

    Making It With Danielle

    Unlike many of the projects in this list that keep your hands cool, use this casserole carrier to keep your food warm! It's designed for taking a hot dish to a gathering or to a friend in need of some extra help. But you can also use it to help keep your meal warm as you wait for everyone to come to the table or as other food items finish up.

    Just remember not to place this one in the microwave if you use the recommended Insul Bright batting. For microwave use, switch to all cotton materials.

  • 06 of 10

    Quilt-as-You-Go Microwave Bowl Potholder

    Microwave Bowl Potholder

    Patchwork Posse

    If you've never tried the quilt-as-you-go method of quilting, this potholder is a great first project. The quilted and pieced side also becomes binding for the edges, then the corners sew together for the shaping. You could also make this without the quilt-as-you-go method with a few easy adjustments.

  • 07 of 10

    Quilted Warm Pad Project

    Mollie Johanson

    The idea behind these "warm pads" is like the bowl cozies throughout this list, but instead of shaping them like a bowl, they stay more like a potholder. They begin with a favorite quilt block (use a leaf as shown, or another design you like), then get hand quilted with cotton batting.

    Remember, any of these bowl holders are good for holding a hot dish from the microwave, but you shouldn't use them for pans hot out of the oven!

  • 08 of 10

    Hot Bowl Hot Pad With Spatter Lid

    DIY Hot Bowl Hot Pad With Spatter Guard

    Whistlepig Creek Productions

    Make a set of bowl hot pads with matching spatter lids with this pattern from Whistlepig Creek Productions! The PDF includes two different shapes and four sizes, so you have options! Plus they cleverly designed the lid with a vinyl fabric lining to make clean-up easy.

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  • 09 of 10

    Scented Warm Trivet Pattern

    Scented Trivet Sewing Tutorial

    Beyond Coffee Cake

    Designed to keep dishes (or teapots!) warm, this rice-filled trivet also smells nice! As the trivet warms, the rice releases the scent of whatever essential oil you'd like. To use it to keep dishes warm, pop it in the microwave first. Or, if you don't fill it quite as much, you can use it to hold your bowl or plate as you take in the enjoying aroma of food and a complementary scent!

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    Bowl Cozy PDF Sewing Pattern

    Bowl Cozy Sewing Pattern

    Belaire Village / Etsy

    There are so many shapes and options for a bowl potholder, and this hexagonal-shaped bowl cozy is another beginner-friendly pattern that shows off a fun fabric with a bit of quilting. Don't want to make your own? Belaire Village also sells finished bowl cozies!