Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Microwave Bowl Potholder and Tutorial

About a month ago, I was a guest blogger over at 2 little hooligans, and I thought I'd share my post with you here just in case you missed it.  I am working on another similar project that was requested by one of her readers, and I will share it with you as soon as I have it finished.

Microwave Bowl Potholder

Do you cringe every time you have to remove a hot bowl from the microwave, afraid that you will burn your fingers, or worse yet, drop the bowl and spill the hot contents on you or your kiddos?  Well fear no more because today I am going to show you how to make a bowl potholder so you don't even have to touch that hot bowl!

Here is what you will need:

2 coordinating fat quarters (100% cotton)
100% cotton batting
cotton thread
sewing machine
quilting ruler and mat or scissors
pins
fabric marker
chopstick or bodkin for pushing out corners

You want to make sure you use 100% cotton materials because synthetic fibers could melt or catch fire in the microwave.  Be sure your batting doesn't contain scrim or glue.

To figure out how big to cut your squares, measure the outside of the bowl from one edge to the other.


Then cut one square from each fabric, and two squares of batting to this measurement.  My bowl measured 10", so my squares were 10".

Place one fabric square right side up on top of a batting square, and quilt them together by sewing an X with a straight stitch diagonally to opposite corners.  Repeat for the other fabric square.  (Yes, I switched fabric on you!)

Now your are going to make darts in the centers of each side to give the potholder a bowl shape.

Fold the quilted square in half to find the center for the dart.  I found the best way to do this was to line it up on my quilting mat grid and mark the stitch line with a fabric marker.  I came in 1" and down 2 1/4" for the dart.  Pin and repeat on all four sides.  Repeat for other quilted square.

Sew along marked lines, back tacking at the ends of the darts.  Trim seams.

The two halves should resemble square bowls at this point.

Pin the bowls right sides together, matching corners and dart seams.  Using 1/4" seam, sew together, leaving about 3" open for turning.  I always put two pins at the opening to remind me where I am supposed to stop.

Trim corners.  Turn right side out, push out corners, and press.

Topstitch around the edge, and you are done!

This is what the outside looks like.

This is a pretty forgiving pattern, and if you have an odd shaped bowl you are trying to fit, the darts can be adjusted to the length or depth you need.  Just test the fit of the bowl before the darts are sewed, and make adjustments as needed.

These work great for making hot cereals or reheating foods in the microwave.

They can also be used as an insulating pad for cold foods like ice cream, so your lap and hands don't freeze!  They should only be used in the microwave, though, and are not for use in a regular, toaster, or convection oven.

I hope you all enjoy this quick and fun little sewing project!

K




36 comments:

Sue said...

This is great!! I love soup, but the hot bowl always makes it difficult. Same with reheating vegetables. This potholder is terrific! I'm going to make one for me........and it's a great gift idea, too. Thanks so much for sharing. It doesn't look too difficult for something so useful!

Tam said...

I like this idea and will try it out. Thanks for sharing. I love to sew and quilt, even more so than making cards.

amccay said...

I think this is a fabulous idea! I recently dropped a hot bowl removing it from microwave onto my glass top stove! No harm done, but I'll make one of these (or more) soon! Thanks!

Julie said...

wow super idea now to make sure I use the right stuff so no fire

Anonymous said...

great idea I added a loop to hang as if porholder

Needles, Fabric, Chisels, and Wood…Life is GOOD! said...

Thank you! This is a great idea for those at our house!!!!

Needles, Fabric, Chisels, and Wood…Life is GOOD! said...

Thank you! This is a great idea for those at our house!!!!

Lourdes said...

Thank you so much for sharing your tutorial. I just made a set of four for DD and SIL for Stocking stuffers. They're going to love them. Now to make a set for us....

Anonymous said...

Thanks fo rthe cool tutorial. I've been seeing these on different sites and wondering how to make them. I'll have to make several so I can share them with family and friends.
Diane

Dodo said...

I love making these and they're fun to do in different holiday fabrics! It's like potatoe chips. You can't stop at one!

Pamela Graham said...

I just wanted to stop by and say thank you so much for sharing this tutorial! I am so addicted to making them and my husband really enjoys a hot bowl of soup without burning his hands! You are awesome!!

Pamie G.

Pat said...

This is the best idea since the microwave. I have made dozens and my friends are on a roll making them for all their family.
Thanks a MILLION

Robin Quilts, etc. said...

Just found your tutorial the other day and am kicking myself with "Why Didn't I Think Of That"? I love it and made one today. I blogged about it and linked back to you. If you'd like to see it here's the link.

http://robingallagher.blogspot.com/2013/04/why-didnt-i-think-of-that.html

Again,thank you

Barb said...

How clever, saw this at Robin quilts ets....

Joyce Pritts said...

Really neat! Received two as a gift and love them.

Anonymous said...

Thank Thank You, I have been looking for this pattern and when I click into your site I was so excited to find this pattern!!! I have tried to make these and now I know how so I'll be busy today makeing them for friends and family and they are a great hostess gift. Thanks again. ML from Mn.

Gail said...

Thank you!!! Thank you for this pattern!!!! My friends and family will love these bowl pot holders as gifts!!!! Thank you again!!!

Anonymous said...

I bought some of the microwave all-cotton batting at Hobby Lobby,but today I bought an all-cotton sheet blanket by Linen'N Things at Goodwill for $2.60. I think it will be enough to cut linings for 60 holders. This is my new project for May.

Anonymous said...

This is great! I have been looking for this patterm for several months. I love to make nifty things for my kitchen. Thank you! Janell

Rita said...

These delightful bowls will make nice casual gifts during the holidays. I plan to make 3 sizes to a set. Depends on the family size as to bowl I make.

Thank you for a wonderful Idea, quick, easy and so badly needed.

RitaA

Pam T said...

Thank you so much for your easy tutorial. I made a couple of them with no problem at all.

Cyndy said...

Thank you! Just made 4 of them with good success.

joni cruver said...

LOVE! Just made a set for my grandson, who loves to carry his oatmeal bowl to the table....trying to be a "big" boy! This will make is so much easier for him to maneuver and not have to wait for 5 minutes for the bowl to cool down. Excellent tutorial! Thank you so much.

Patti said...

thank you for sharing this! my daughter and I saw some at a craft show yesterday but I just couldn't bring myself to shell out $8 for one when I knew I could make them...your tutorial makes things so much easier! :) thanks!

jquilt said...

Thanks! Easy to understand and just in time to make a few for teachers, hostess gifts, and me!

Martha said...

Thank you so much. I just made 27 of the nine inch size, and have nine of the twelve inch cut out. Once the cozy is complete, I stitch across the original x stitching to keep the fabrics together. I was given a cozy, and when it was washed, it was wrinkled and misshapen. I hope the extra stitching solves that problem. This is fun. (I'm making them for my BSF ladies.)

Elizabeth said...

Thank you for sharing I love the pot holder and we use them almost daily. I will be making them for gifts for my family this Christmas. Thanks again.

carol said...

Thank You for this idea!The regular pot holder just don't cut it anymore..ie..never the correct size! This is wonderful

heather said...

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THANK YOU for the terrific tutorial and idea !

Prattling Patty said...

This is so simple and brilliant. I wish I'd thought of it first! Well done,easy to understand instructions and I will be making several of these in different sizes for myself and my mother-in-law. She just loves things like this. Thank you.

Kgrammy said...

Hi, Karen -- I am making some of your microwaveable pot holders for Christmas gifts and have a couple questions. The 3 inch opening for turning -- do you handsew it closed or sew it when you sew the edge seam? Mine are very thick in that area and I am not sure machine sewing it will look good. I love your blogs.

Karen said...

Kgrammy,
if the open seam area is too bulky, you could definitely hand sew it closed before you topstitch the edge. Personally, I would take the time to do this for gifts since I am a perfectionist. You can try it both ways and see which one you prefer.

Kgrammy said...

Thank you Karen for answering my question so quickly.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for the great project. I am going to make these for my daughter and in-laws for their Christmas stocking gifts. They are great!

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for the cute idea. I'll be making a bunch of these. I'm always grabbing a towel to take my bowls out of the microwave and half the time the towel gets into what ever I cooked. :) These will be perfect.

Victoria P. said...

OMGOSH! Brilliant!
I saw it on Connecting Threads "Gifty Galore" (8/15/2014) and they gave the link back to you!
I stopped everything I was doing...Called a quilty friend..went over and we each made 4 without blinking an eye.
She had a 10" layer cake that works perfectly for soup bowls. I have made more and given to friends for their birthdays. I went to 99cent store bought great bowls (red and turq & clear @.99) to complete the gift and they received the best Ooooooohhhh's and aaaahhhhh's. This are going to be my housewarming, Christmas, birthday and just because gifts for quite awhile and I thank you soooooo much for sharing...Victoria 8.19.2014