Tuesday, December 21, 2021

You Get a Bowl Cozy, and You Get a Bowl Cozy!

A year or so back I made a whole stack of bowl cozies for holiday gifts. I searched out fabrics that reflected the recipient's interests (my best find was a yoga print!) And then I had to look for the correct materials -- the only trick to this project (if you plan to use them in the microwave) is making sure you're using only 100% cotton fabric, thread and batting. Nobody wants a microwave fire for Christmas.

I kept my eye on sales and finally got a package of Pellon's Wrap N Zap for 40% off, which made 7 bowl cozies. I could probably squeeze one more out of the batting scraps if I piece them together.

I used this perfectly sized pattern, a well-known one by this time, from this tutorial by Lindsay at Happy Hour Stitches. It's a great tutorial, and a free pattern.

But this year I decided that I should also make myself a bowl cozy! They are so convenient for hot soup or oatmeal bowls, and I have so many scraps of cotton prints hanging around in my stash. I had a hard time making a choice for my own fabrics since I bought them all in the first place because I loved them. And I made my husband look through my cotton scraps and pick his own pieces as well.

This is what we ended up with.

I ended up going with a fat quarter that my sister bought me in New Zealand (fabric is such a great gift) covered in their national bird. My husband liked a red marbled print I've had for ages, and then I found a green cotton that coordinated perfectly with both. I had a bit more Wrap & Zap in my stash so I whipped these two together. Not sure why I waited so long to make us our own bowl cozies! 

Perfection :) 


  1. They are the greatest thing! I gave a few for gifts and kept some for myself as well. Plan on making many more and sharing the bowl cozy love!

  2. A Pukeo... great fabric. When I get time I'm going to make some for ice cream bowls.

    1. It's so pretty! Yes, really great for freezing cold bowls too :)

  3. Hi Melanie,
    I couldn't believe the photo of this post. I also have the exact same NZ fabric whith the Takahe bird on it which my son who lives in New Zealand gave me as a gift a couple of years ago. I made a sewing caddy with it, but have plenty left to make this project! In Australia we have the swamp hen which is (I believe) related. Beautiful birds.
    And what a great idea for a gift.

    1. That's so funny! It's a lovely fabric for sure. I still have more so maybe I'll end up making some sewing room accessories too :) This project makes a great gift, especially when you tuck in some soup mix or the like.


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