2 Cotton fabric pieces cut 10 inches square
2 Cotton Batting pieces cut 9 3/4" square (or the heat-proof batting that is microwave safe)
Cotton coordinating thread
Be sure its all Cotton. Polyester will flame out in the microwave. Be safe, use Cotton only.
Draw lines from corner to corner to form an "X" in the middle.
Sew a straight stitch from corner to corner. You can use a decorative stitch if you like. Just sew from one fabric point to the other fabric point.
Do this in both directions.
Now you need to make your darts. Draw a straight line across the middle from one side to the other. Do this both ways (make 2 lines total).
To mark your darts, make a mark one inch on either side of the center line you just drew.
Place another mark right on the drawn line, 2 inches in from the outer edge.
Draw a line from the single point on the line, to both outer edge markings. You should have a "V" shape drawn. You will do this for all 4 sides.
Cut out the "V" about a quarter inch inside the line. You do not need to be exact. As long as you sew along the drawn lines later, its fine if you are a bit off.
Your piece should look like this above. Do this for BOTH pieces.
Fold the darts together so that the fabric is on the inside.
Sew your dart from point to edge on the lines which you have aligned evenly on both sides. Being a bit off won't hurt your project so don't worry too much.
Your piece will look like this after sewing the 4 darts. A little pooched out for the bowl shape to come.
The fabric side will look like this after the darts are sewn.
Holding both pieces, right sides together, pin them evenly across. Be sure to push the dart seams in opposite directions so you don't get a large bump in the middle.
Sew a 3/8" seam from the fabric edge all around all 4 sides, leaving about a 4" opening for turning.
Turn your cozy right-side out. Smooth it out. It will have a hollow shape for the bowl. Use a point turner or sharp object to get the corners pushed out neatly.
At the opening, tuck the fabric inside evenly and smooth it out. Pin into place.
Top stitch all around all 4 sides, being sure your turning area is neatly tucked inside and pinned in place.
I like to use my Walking Foot for this whole project. The foot is the perfect width for sewing a 3/8" seam. It rides smoothly over the thick fabric. You can use a decorative stitch with a Walking Foot if desired.
Here is the finished article.
Note: You can use two coordinating fabrics if you like. Both being the same is not a given.
To make a larger cozy for wider bowls and plates:
2 Fabric pieces 14 inches square
2 Batting pieces 13 3/4" square
Dart distance will remain the same at 1 inch from center line, BUT
mark the length of darts at 2 1/2" from the outer edge.
I hope you enjoy this pattern. They are very useful and easy gifts to make.
Have a good day.