Every Kitchen Should Have a Quilted Bowl Cozy

finished microwave bowl

Why will you love these quilted bowl cozies? Let us count the ways. Not only are they cute and totally customizable (meaning they’d make a great gift), but this pattern is also microwave-safe, reversible and can cover all sizes of bowls. Plus, it’s so easy to make!

DIY Microwave Bowl Cozy

Level: Easy

What You Need

  • Two 10″ squares of batting (100 percent cotton only)
  • Two 10½” squares of fabric (100 percent cotton only)
  • Thread (100 percent cotton only)
  • Fabric marker
  • Pins
  • Pro Tip: Double check all fiber content, as the materials must be 100 percent cotton to be microwave-safe. Never use polyester, rayon, nylon or metallic threads, fabrics or batting — they will melt or catch on fire in the microwave.

    Instructions

    1. Stack the Fabric

    sew the layers

    Place one of the batting squares on top of a fabric square, with the wrong side of the fabric facing up. Sew two diagonal lines from corner to corner. Repeat with the remaining squares of batting and backing.

    2. Make Your Marks

    fold sew and trim the corners

    Fold the quilted square in half, right sides together. Mark 1″ from the center fold on the side. Also mark 1½” from the edge along the center fold. Draw a line connecting these marks. Sew on the line, then trim ¼” from that sewn line, as shown above. Repeat on the opposite side.

    3. Repeat

    refold and repeat

    Unfold the square and refold it in half the other way. Repeat Step 2 on the remaining side of the quilted square. Repeat this process on the second square, so both are the same.

    4. Layer and Pin

    layer and pin both units

    Layer the two quilted squares, right sides together, and pin near the trimmed seams on each side.

    5. Cut the Corners

    trim the corners

    Place a ruler on one corner of the two layered quilted squares. Measure 1″ on the sewn seam. Cut along this line, removing the corner of the square. Repeat on all four corners.

    6. Stitch

    sew around the outside

    Sew a ¼” seam all the way around the edge of the quilted squares. Leave an opening a few inches long.

    7. Close the Gap

    pin the opening closed

    Turn the piece right-side out and pin along the edges to keep the fabric in place. Pin the opening closed, tucking the raw edges into the seam allowance.

    sew around the edges

    Topstitch ¼” around the entire edge of the bowl, securing the raw edges from the opening into the seam.

    reversible bowl

    The bowl cozy is now complete — now to heat up a bowl of soup!

    Discussion
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    35 Responses to “Every Kitchen Should Have a Quilted Bowl Cozy”
    1. Beverly
      Beverly

      I must have a mental block. #5 says, “ Place a ruler on one corner of the two layered quilted squares. Measure 1″ on the sewn seam.” Looking at the photo, with the ruler…I don’t understand. Do you mean measure DOWN 1” on the stitched line, from the first step, and draw your line across the corner there to cut??

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      • Rene Perry
        Rene Perry

        You cut 1” from the corner of the batting, keeping the already-sewn line under a straight edge on your ruler so the cut is perfectly perpendicular to that sewn line. Hope this helps!

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      • Pamela DeVito
        Pamela DeVito

        The 6″ line on the ruler is placed on the line previously stitched. To me, the directions do not match the picture correctly. Directions say to measure 1″ along that stitched line; however, the picture shows 1.5″ from the corner. I just finished making the bowl. I cut exactly where the edge of the ruler is placed – 1.5″ from the corner. Just note, this makes a cozy that should fit about a 7″ diameter bowl. The sides of the bowl are not super tall, but I think it will still protect hands from heat. Good luck!

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    2. Claudia
      Claudia

      These are great and I think I’ll make 2 for everyone in the family and friends 🎄

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    3. Marion
      Marion

      I have made a number of these. They are so handy to have near the microwave.
      I have made some for my friends an d they are very happy with them also.

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    4. Susan Davis
      Susan Davis

      I am having problems with uneven and skipped stitches with topstitching the 4 layers. Using 90/14 needle, tension between 2.5-3, walking foot too. Any suggestions to correct this problem?

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      • Terri glaser
        Terri glaser

        Make the batting smaller than the material, like 10” material then do batting at 9” or 9 1/2” this will give you room to sew easier on the edges. I am going to make some of these! Have fun!

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      • Melinda Lockwood
        Melinda Lockwood

        Use a 3.0 – 3.5 stitch for the topstitching. A jeans needle is also good for topstitching.

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    5. Nora
      Nora

      Thanks for this easy to follow pattern. I have made a number of them and they are always appreciated.

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    6. Roxanne
      Roxanne

      I don’t understand why my cozy turned out smaller than the bowl? It was supposed to fit 8″ bowl ?

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      • Alet
        Alet

        I think this pattern is for a 6” bowl.
        You can try and adjust pattern size for larger bowls…ie: 12×12” for 8” bowl

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    7. sue
      sue

      i love your pattern for your microwave bowl, can not wait to try it.wish me luck.
      have a sunny day suecat

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    8. Babushka
      Babushka

      Why the need for 10’ batting pieces 10 1/2’ fabric pieces? It looks like in picture #6 the 1/2’ of extra fabric has been trimmed away but no instructions about how or when to do
      so. Thx for your help.

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      • Marla Russ
        Marla Russ

        Great pattern and instructions, but wish I could print without using a ream of paper!🤷🏼‍♀️

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    9. Susan
      Susan

      Thanks for these clear instructions. I was given on as a gift and use it to hold bowls just heated in the microwave, which are too hot to hold in my bare hands. Doesn’t have to be soup….

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        • Josephine S Campbell
          Josephine S Campbell

          I’ve made these before but never trimmed off the corners. I don’t see the need to honestly. I also add a hanging loop. Btw they are also useful when serving bowls of ice cream.

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