Microwave Soup Bowl Cozy Free PDF Printable Sewing Pattern with Photo and Video Tutorial
Sew up a soup bowl cozy in less than 20 minutes with this simple tutorial. It’s great for protecting your hands and tables from hot bowls.
This pattern is easy to make and it’s perfect for gift gifting! Be sure to check out my other kitchen sewing patterns! View the oven mitt here, the pot holder here, and the mommy and me apron here.
With winter quickly approaching, we’ve been warming up soup for dinner more and more. There’s nothing like a warm bowl of soup on a chilly evening, right? After a few too many soup bowl burns I decided I needed to sew up a few bowl cozies. I was amazed at just how easy they are to make!
Of course, I couldn’t keep the pattern to myself so I’m sharing a tutorial and free pattern so you can make your own as well.
Now you can enjoy a warm bowl of soup, or easily heat up leftovers without worrying about burnt fingers, hands, or tables!
Simply place the bowl cozy around the bowl, set it in the microwave to warm up, and pull it out once it’s finished.
This bowl cozy can also be used to keep your hands from getting cold while eating a bowl of ice cream! It absorbs the moisture that comes off of a cold bowl and helps to keep the ice cream cold. I love a pattern that can be used for more than one thing!
These microwavable bowl cozy’s can easily be washed in the washer in case they get spilled on.
100% cotton is the ideal fabric for this pattern. You'll want to choose high-quality quilting cotton, cotton batting, and cotton thread for this project.
*WARNING* If you plan on microwaving your bowl cozy be sure to use cotton fabric, thread, and batting.
You’ll want to avoid using anything that contains plastic or metal that will be damaged in the microwave. Synthetic fibers will be burnt or melted by the microwave!
Make sure not to warm the bowl cozy for more than 2 minutes to avoid burning or scorching the cotton fabric.
Microwavable Bowl Cozy Pattern Details
This Free Bowl Cozy Sewing Pattern features three different sizes so you can get a perfect fit for whatever bowl or plate you are using.
- The small fits a normal-sized bowl.
- The medium fits a large-sized bowl.
- The large fits a plate or x-large bowl.
How to Care for Your Microwaveable Bowl Cozy
Be sure to wash and dry your fabric before sewing with it. This will ensure it shrinks and gets rid of the chemicals that the fabric has been treated with.
Spills happen! Luckily, this bowl is cozy it easy to wash!
If you need to wash your bowl cozy after it’s been sewn, wash it in cold water and lay it flat to dry. Avoid using fabric softener on the fabric. You can give it a good pressing once it's air-dried.
Bowl Cozy Supplies
- Woven Fabric 2 Fat Quarters
- Cotton Batting (Wrap N Zap)
- Sewing Machine
- Scissors or Rotary Cutter & Mat
- Iron & Ironing Board
- Sewing Machine Needle
- Fabric Pen or Chalk
- Pinking Shears (Optional)
- Printing Paper
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Table of Contents
Click Here to Download the FREE Microwave Bowl Cozy Sewing Pattern
STEP 1: PRINT BOWL COZY SEWING PATTERN & ASSEMBLE
Download the bowl cozy sewing pattern to your computer and print the pattern at 100% with no scaling.
Immediately check the 1” x 1” square to ensure the pattern has printed off correctly. If the 1" square measures larger or smaller the pattern will need to be reprinted for accuracy.
Lay the pages out in numerical order.
Align the stars of each page and the black lines and tape them in place.
Then, cut out the pattern along the black line.
* PRO TIP - Print off the pattern on cardstock so that it will last for multiples uses.
STEP 2: CUT OUT BOWL COZY FABRIC
*PRO TIP: Make sure to iron your fabric before cutting it out to ensure the best results. This will ensure that your fabric cuts out evenly without any wrinkles or folds.
Lay the fabric out in front of you on a flat surface or a cutting mat.
Make sure to align the grainline markings on the pattern pieces with the grainline of the fabric. The grainline of the fabric runs parallel to the finished edge of the fabric.
You can see I'm cutting out a layer of my main and lining fabric in the photo below.
Cut out two layers of cotton batting next.
You should have two cotton batting pieces, one lining, and one main piece of fabric.
STEP 3: TRANSFER PATTERN MARKINGS TO FABRIC
Use a sewing pin to make a small hole in the corner of the corresponding square. With a marking pen, transfer the marking to the main and lining fabric.
Remove the paper pattern and use an acrylic ruler to draw in the square in the middle of the pattern.
Next, use a ruler to draw a line from one corner to the opposite corner. Repeat this on the other side as well to create an x.
This will serve as a stitching guide to quilt the pieces of fabric together.
STEP 4: QUILT THE BOWL COZY PIECES
Layer the quilting cotton on top of the cotton batting to prepare it for quilting.
Repeat this with the other fabric as well.
Sew along the markings from the pattern. You should have a large x that reaches across the entire bowl cozy as well as a square in the middle.
This will attach the cotton batting to the quilting cotton.
Next, fold the fabric in half with right sides together and sew along the darts. Repeat this until all four darts have been sewn.
STEP 5: SEW BOWL COZY PIECES TOGETHER
Place on bowl cozy out in front of you with the right side of the fabric facing upwards.
Place the other bowl cozy inside with right sides facing together.
Pin around the outside of the bowl cozy.
Sew around the raw edges of the bowl cozy leaving a 3" hole for turning.
When you come to a corner, put the needle in the down position, lift the presser foot and pivot the fabric. Lower the presser foot and continue sewing. This will give you a nice sharp corner.
To reduce bulk, trim the corners off of the bowl cozy. You should be cutting close to, but not through the stitching line.
Reach inside of the turning hole and pull the bowl cozy right side out.
With a hot iron, press all of the seams of the bowl cozy.
Topstitch along the outside edge of the bowl cozy for a clean finish. This will keep the fabric from rolling and gives it a professional finish.
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Chlora Beaudry says
This bowl cozy is adorable! I think I will try making some for gifts. If not this year, then next.
Alicia Vesprini says
I've downloaded the pattern for the bowl cozy but it is so large I can't see the entire pattern. Is it me? I am a bit of a techno-boob!!
Judy Myers says
Be sure your size is on 100% when you print then, after you print it, be sure the little square on the right side of one of the pieces measures 1". If it does not, adjust the size on your printer so it will be 1". Also Print on Portrait, not landscape.
JoAnn Ridenour says
I just made my first bowl cozy! I am hoping to do them for Christmas gifts. Can you recommend a better needle or a hint for how to sew through all those layers...especially the topstitching? I have some skipped stitches. I tried lowering my presser foot pressure so it would fit under the foot better, but I don't know if that made it better or worse. I was using a microtex 80 needle. I had a really hard time getting through the layers at the darts and corners. Yes, I pressed as instructed too. Thank you for the useful pattern.
Make sure you use a ball point needle and if you have one, use a walking foot...best invention yet. I do wonder if the two layers of batting are needed...I broke a needle.
Anh Stubbs says
Yes. We have made many & everyone has loved their gifts & asked for more. The 2 layers of cotton batting help protect your fingers from the heat. Try a bigger needle and/or slow down your sewing just a tiny bit. Fun way to use up scraps too.
Mary Snook says
I have printed this pattern out twice and am confused. Pages4 and 6 have different lines going into the part you cut out in a V shape. I can see it also on your pattern you have put together but is missing on pages 1 and 3! Am I missing something? Would I be better off just to print 2 copies each of pages 4-6 and tape them together in order to have the whole pattern? I'm really confused.
Are the seams 1/4 inch?
I didn’t see it in the tutorial. Did I miss it?
Is the darts also 3/8” seams or 1/4”. Thanks for the pattern! Lou
In the video, she states the darts are sewn at 3/8ths inch. I believe the two parts, lining and main fabric, are sewn together at 3/8ths inch also. She topstitches around the edge after turning inside-out at 1/4 inch. If not correct, please clarify!
Jenny Lane says
Can the first 3 pages be printed and then placed on the fold instead of having to print out all 6 pages? Looks like it'd work from the photos.
Yes, it is all symmetrical.
Barbara Quinn says
This pattern is the easiest bowl cozy I have made & I have made quite a few for wedding &
Where do I get the instructions for the cozy bowl ?
caryn clark says
Do you have the instruction for the cozy bowl in written form
Anne Martin says
What sizes are the squares needed for each bowl? I’d like to use fabric from my stash.
The small bowl pattern is 11 1/4 square. The medium is 13 1/4 square. The large is 15 3/4 square.
Michelle Robinson says
I can't seem to print this off - no matter what setting I put on my printer PLUS I have the PDF on 100% view...I only get a section of the first page...have now wasted 6 pieces of paper...I have printed from your site before - not sure what the problem is this time :o(((
Shawn Wheeler says
Wondering if there is PDF of the instructions since I, too, am having printing problems. Please and thank you!
Pat Ciaramitaro says
Having a problem printing the pattern. Please help.