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How to Make Reusable Fabric Bowl Covers

Claudia has been writing about crafts online for many years. She is an avid crafter who has been creating for most of her life.

Reusable Fabric Bowl Covers

Reusable Fabric Bowl Covers

Reusable fabric bowl covers are a fun and easy sewing project for beginners, as well as for people who have experience sewing. They make the perfect hostess gift when you are not quite sure what to bring.

Kind to the environment because you won't be adding plastic wrap that does not decompose to landfills, these covers are machine washable and can be used for years to come.

With so many different fabrics available, you are sure to find the perfect pattern for your covers. Paisley adds a touch of elegance to any kitchen, while fruit adds a touch of whimsy.

With the step by step photos and instructions provided, brighten up your, or a friend's, kitchen and make a few fabric bowl covers.

Make a set and give them, along with a nice set of bowls, as a housewarming gift. Your friends will love your thoughtful gift!

Supplies needed

  • 100% Cotton - washed and pressed
  • 1/4" wide elastic
  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Marking pencil

Step by step guide for making a reusable fabric bowl cover

The following photos and instructions make this project quick and easy.

  1. Wash and press your fabric and lay the inverted bowl down on the wrong side.
  2. Trace a circle around the bowl, adding about 2 extra inches.
  3. Cut out the circle.

Don't worry if it is not perfect. You can trim it and make it more circular by using a compass if you like, but it is not necessary.

Step 2 - Determine the finished size and prepare to sew

Fold the edges over about 1" and pin.

Fold the edges over about 1" and pin.

Fold the edge of the fabric over to the wrong side and pin around the entire circle. Fold over approximately 1". There will be some folds and it will take a little time to complete this process, but try to pin it as evenly as possible.

  1. Using a straight stitch, sew down the border, as closely as possible to the cut edge of the fold. This will leave plenty of room for the elastic.
  2. Leave an opening about 1" - 2" long for the elastic, backstitching at the beginning and end.

*Note that I used contrasting thread for this demonstration. Use thread color that blends in with the fabric for a more finished look.

Step 4 - Measure and cut the elastic

Determine the length of elastic to cut.

Determine the length of elastic to cut.

There are two ways to to determine the length of elastic needed.

Important: For both methods, unless the bowl is cylindrical (has sides that are straight up and down) measure where the elastic will hit, NOT the top of the bowl. Most bowls slant inwards towards the bottom. If your measurement is too large, the cover will not fit correctly.

  1. Measure across the center of the bowl, the diameter, about an inch down from the lip. Multiply this measurement by 3.14 (pi) and then subtract 2 inches. The result will be the length of elastic that you need to cut.
  2. Using a tape measure, measure around the outside of the bowl, about an inch down from the lip of the bowl. This will be length of elastic that needs to be cut.

Step 5 - Add the elastic

Feed the elastic through the sewn edge.

Feed the elastic through the sewn edge.

  1. Use a safety pin, pinned to one end of the elastic, to help you feed it through the sewn border.
  2. Once pulled through, sew both ends of the elastic together where they meet. It may take a little maneuvering, but make sure the edges are firmly affixed to each other so they don't pull apart.
  3. Finish sewing the border where the opening for the elastic was.
  4. Trim all excess threads.

Finished fabric bowl covers

The finished fabric bowl cover.

The finished fabric bowl cover.

That is all there is to it. Step back and enjoy your finished product.

These fabric bowls covers only take a short time to make and the results are great. Try making one today.

Reusable Fabric Bowl Covers

Reusable Fabric Bowl Covers

© 2013 Claudia Mitchell

Comments

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 30, 2014:

Glad you liked the article. Good luck making your covers. Hope they turn out great.

Rachel Garner from Knoxville, TN on August 29, 2014:

This is great! Thank you for posting this. I am going to try making one this weekend.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on February 27, 2014:

Thanks Fabric1869. They are handy to have around the house.

Whaleys Bradford from Leeds, Bradford on February 26, 2014:

What a great idea, should help keep those tomatoes fresh and keep the flies away!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on May 25, 2013:

Hi Nicole S - I appreciate the kind comments. Thanks for reading.

Nicole S Hanson from Minnesota on May 24, 2013:

These are so cute! And efficient. I like it. Nice hub, thank you for sharing!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on May 23, 2013:

Thanks so much theryanpride - I always like projects that save me money and you are right, this does in the long run.

Sonya from Indiana on May 22, 2013:

Great idea saves money and can be easily washed.Thank you for sharing.Can't wait to make some!!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on May 22, 2013:

I appreciate your comments breastpumpreview. Thanks for reading!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on May 22, 2013:

Thanks Li Galo. I hope you give it a try and I'm glad you stopped by to read and comment.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on May 22, 2013:

Thanks moonlake. I really appreciate it.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on May 22, 2013:

Thanks so much Happyboomernurse. I enjoyed writing it and I am glad you enjoyed the hub.

Christy G from TX on May 21, 2013:

Cool idea, thank you for sharing.

shawna.wilson from Arizona on May 21, 2013:

Wow, that's a great idea. It's hard to find projects that use small pieces, other than quilts.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on May 21, 2013:

shawna.wilson - I am all for any project that helps me get rid of my fabric scraps. I made a vow that I was not allowed to buy any more fabric until I got rid of most of my scraps. It's harder than I thought. Thanks for reading and commenting!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on May 21, 2013:

Faceless39 - I appreciate all of the support and kind comments. Glad you enjoyed the hub.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on May 21, 2013:

Hi Aplethora23 - A fabric with chili peppers would be super cute for the kitchen and you are right, the possibilities are definitely endless. I appreciate the comments.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on May 21, 2013:

Thank you RTalloni - In the last few years I have realized how much our family throws away, and while this does not make a huge difference, I would just rather use this than plastic wrap. Glad you stopped by.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on May 21, 2013:

Victoria Lynn - Many thanks for your nice comments. These are a really fun project.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on May 21, 2013:

Hi Kathryn - I appreciate your nice compliments and I'm glad you stopped by again.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on May 21, 2013:

Thank you so much eurozulu. I appreciate it.

Li Galo from Mainly the USA but Sometimes Abroad on May 21, 2013:

I like this. I never even heard of it before. Thanks!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on May 21, 2013:

Many thanks Sherry Hewins. I appreciate it.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on May 21, 2013:

Hi Sugahware - Thanks so much for your nice comments!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on May 21, 2013:

Thank you ElleBee. This is definitely a project for people with any level of sewing skills and like you, cling wrap drives me crazy!

moonlake from America on May 20, 2013:

Congratulations on HOTD. I loved this hub before.

Gail Sobotkin from South Carolina on May 20, 2013:

Congratulations on earning HOTD for this well written and beautifully illustrated step by step guide for making fabric bowl covers.

Thanks for sharing this.

Voted up, useful and beautiful.

shawna.wilson from Arizona on May 20, 2013:

What a great way to use fabric leftovers!

Kate P from The North Woods, USA on May 20, 2013:

Fantastic hub that definitely deserves the win!

Voted up, interesting, and useful.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on May 20, 2013:

Hi StephanieBCrosby - Thanks so much for your nice comments. I appreciate them and the accolade!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on May 20, 2013:

Same DiNamics - I hope you give the project a try. Every bowl needs a cover from time to time. I appreciate the comments.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on May 20, 2013:

Hi anatomynotes - You could stitch these by hands but they probably would not hold up as well with repeated washings in the machine. Glad you enjoyed the hub. Thanks for reading.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on May 20, 2013:

Thanks so much for reading and commenting IslandBites!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on May 20, 2013:

Hi mollymeadows - I love it when you stop by to read and comment because your comments are so nice and also you have my favorite avatar. Is that your cat? Thanks for stopping by.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on May 20, 2013:

These are easy cleaning Mary. Also eco friendly which makes me happy. Of course they are not perfect for everything, but good for lots of things. Thanks for commenting!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on May 20, 2013:

I appreciate it Jamie! It was exciting to get the HOTD and this hub was really fun to write. Thanks for reading.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on May 20, 2013:

Thanks so much Sally's Trove. You are right, the possibilities are endless. Holiday themes are really cute too. I appreciate the comments.

Angie Power from North Cali on May 20, 2013:

Thumbs up. Super Cute! The possibilities are endless. I'd love to make a cover with a little red chili pepper pattern. Thank you for this nifty idea!

RTalloni on May 20, 2013:

Congrats on your hub of the day award for this neat sewing project! Useful, oh yes, and on many levels, actually, but it's too bad "smart" is not an option for the voting. :)

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on May 20, 2013:

What a neat idea. I love it! Congrats on hub of the day. Well done!

Kathryn from Windsor, Connecticut on May 20, 2013:

I read this first a couple of months ago (and loved it!), and I am so happy to see that it won HOTD! Congrats!

bradley brown from Harrow Middlesex on May 20, 2013:

What a fab hub Glimmer Twin Fan, great tutorial love the read, well worthy of award.

Sherry Hewins from Sierra Foothills, CA on May 20, 2013:

This is such a cute and useful idea. Congratulations on HOTD! Well deserved.

Robyn D Bera from California on May 20, 2013:

Love this clever green idea! Thanks for sharing and congrats.

ElleBee on May 20, 2013:

Very cool! I would love to be able to use less saran wrap (wasteful and always frustrating) and this might be a good solution. Plus it's a project that my sewing skills are actually up to, and a good use of scrap fabric.

Stephanie Bradberry from New Jersey on May 20, 2013:

Congratulations on your Hub of the Day. I remember when I first read and commented on this hub. I smelled this accolade a mile away!

Dianne Hunt from Maryland on May 20, 2013:

Really neat. I have several large bowls with no covers. I could certainly do this. Thanks!

Edmund Custers on May 20, 2013:

Well explained! This looks easy to make, even for someone like me with not a lot of sewing experience. For those of us without a sewing machine, I guess hand stitching can also do the trick. Thanks!

IslandBites from Puerto Rico on May 20, 2013:

Nice idea.

Mary Strain from The Shire on May 20, 2013:

I love tthis idea, because I hate plastic wrap. It looks easy enough for me -- I might try it! Congratulations on a clever idea and hub of the day!

Mary Hyatt from Florida on May 20, 2013:

Congrats on a great HOTD. I've always used plastic reusable bowl covers, but they have to be washed and dried and that's a pain. This idea is much better. Just throw in the washer and dryer.

Voted UP and shared.

Jamie Brock from Texas on May 20, 2013:

Congrats on getting HOTD!! This is such a neat idea... I have never even seen these before.. Great hub with awesome photos and instructions :) Love it!

Sherri from Southeastern Pennsylvania on May 20, 2013:

Super idea with easy-to-follow instructions that guarantee success. I've got tons of cotton fabric pieces that would be perfect for this project...for my own bowls and for gifting. Voted up and all the good stuff. :)

Claudia Mitchell (author) on May 20, 2013:

Many many thanks Bill. I appreciate it. Now if you only learn to sew......Just kidding. Have a great day.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on May 20, 2013:

Thanks so much heidithorne - I try and get most of my sewing done in the winter because it's too nice outside to be behind a machine, but these are so quick to make, they would be a good project for a rainy day. Glad you enjoyed the hub.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on May 20, 2013:

StoneCircle - I bet this would keep ants out of the bowl outside, although it seems like ants can get anywhere at anytime. They definitely make the picnic table pretty! I appreciate your kind comments. Thanks.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on May 20, 2013:

Thanks Radcliff! I hope you give them a try. It's such a fun and quick project and I bet you'll enjoy making one.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on May 20, 2013:

Hi Cyndi10 - Let me know how they turn out with the vinyl cloth. I thought it might be too stiff for a smaller bowl, but I think it would be a great alternative to regular fabric. Thanks for commenting.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on May 20, 2013:

Hello Sunshine! Thanks for reading. I have been getting into these types of projects which are useful, quick and fun to make. Have a great day.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on May 20, 2013:

Thanks so much ComfortB! I'm glad you enjoyed the hub.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on May 20, 2013:

Hi starbright. Thanks for reading. I thought about making them in oil cloths, but don't have any and I thought it would be too stiff and heavy.I appreciate your kind comments.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on May 20, 2013:

Wow - I really appreciate your nice comments Thelma! Have a nice day.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on May 20, 2013:

Thanks for reading sleepylog.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on May 20, 2013:

Many thanks Suzie - I had fun doing this hub and I'm glad people are enjoying it. Have a great day!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on May 20, 2013:

Thank you so much peachpurple. They would be fun with kids patterns and I bet kids would love them. They could also cover some of their toys that are stored in bowls. I appreciate the comments.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on May 20, 2013:

Hi SidKemp - Thanks so much for reading and commenting. Question about the cooked rice...wouldn't it dry out after a couple of days? Just curious because I always refrigerate cooked rice (and it ends up dry too). As far as washing, just in a regular machine although because they are covering food I would use a mild detergent.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on May 20, 2013:

I love it when someone I respect wins HOTD....congratulations...after three months this hub got the recognition it deserves. :)

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on May 20, 2013:

Thought this was such a cool idea when you first published the hub. (Now I just have to get to making 'em!) Congrats on it getting Hub of the Day!

Susan McLeish from Rindge, NH on May 20, 2013:

I believe this is the solution to my mom's ants on the outdoor table problem. She has been looking for something to sew and solve this issue. Will be passing this hub along.

Congratulations on HOTD!

Liz Davis from Hudson, FL on May 20, 2013:

I LOVE this! What a great idea. I seriously need to get a sewing machine now. :D

Thanks for sharing! Great hub.

Cynthia B Turner from Georgia on May 20, 2013:

Great how to. I imagine using vinyl cloth would be a plus. Never thought of making cloth covers, but I might give this a try. Looks quick and easy. Congrats on Hub of the Day.

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on May 20, 2013:

I never had a use for a fabric bowl cover, but if I ever do I'll know how to make them! :) Very clever! Congrats on HOTD!

Comfort Babatola from Bonaire, GA, USA on May 20, 2013:

I love this how-to hub, the images (use of color), and step by step instruction. HOTD very well deserved. Congrats.

Lucy Jones from Scandinavia on May 20, 2013:

Brilliant idea. FYI: For those that bake you can also make them in muslim or even plastic for bread making. They are wonderful and much better than cling-film. Great hub and congrats on the HOTD. Voted up and a very useful tip.

Thelma Alberts from Germany and Philippines on May 20, 2013:

Congratulations! I knew it would become a HOTD one day. A well deserved award.

Sleepylog from Australia on May 20, 2013:

New or clean shower caps can also be used this way and they'll help keep your food from losing moisture in the fridge, unlike cotton which won't.

Suzanne Ridgeway from Dublin, Ireland on May 20, 2013:

Hi GTF,

Had to come back to congratulate you for HOTD!! I so enjoyed this hub first time I read and LOVE your opening pic, one of the best!

A well deserved acknowledgement of superb work!

peachy from Home Sweet Home on May 20, 2013:

beautiful cover for the bowl. I could make a good use to cover up my kid's cereal bowl. Your bowl cover idea is fantastic, useful and beautiful . Gonna make some for these bowls. Thanks for the beautiful pictures and clear instructions. A well done hub. Congrats !!

Sid Kemp from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach) on May 20, 2013:

These covers are great! Congratulations on Hub of the Day. For those of us with an oriental inclination, they can be used to cover wooden bowls of cooked rice - the rice will be kept fresh under the cover for 2-3 days without refrigeration - which gives better texture and flavor. For this purpose, a less dense weave that allows more air in is best.

What is the best way to wash these covers?

I don't have a sewing machine right now, but, when I get one, this seems like a great first project!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on May 10, 2013:

Hi Michelle - Thanks so much for reading. I like them because they add a little decoration to the table and brighten things up. I appreciate the support!

Michelle Liew from Singapore on May 09, 2013:

Beautiful, Glim......thanks for sharing. Good protection for food that may have to be left on the table for a period of time too.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on March 21, 2013:

I appreciate the support Thelma! The right fabric for this project really brightens up the room.

Thelma Alberts from Germany and Philippines on March 20, 2013:

Beautiful craft! I´ll give it a try. Voted up and shared.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on March 12, 2013:

Thanks so much Rogene Robbins!

Rogene Robbins on March 11, 2013:

How cute!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on March 08, 2013:

Hi cashmere - It is pretty simple. I hope they work for you. Thanks for reading.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on March 08, 2013:

Thanks Athlyn Green. I appreciate it!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on March 08, 2013:

Thank you so much moonlake. They are fun to go by and quick to make. We are expecting spring temps here this weekend so spring patterns would be really pretty! I appreciate the support.

cashmere from India on March 07, 2013:

I'm going to try this out. It seems simple enough, what can go wrong?

Athlyn Green from West Kootenays on March 07, 2013:

Love this idea!

moonlake from America on March 07, 2013:

Funny I just saw this hub. I was thinking yesterday I needed to make some covers for my bowls. Now I have your pattern to go by. Thanks for sharing voted up and shared.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on March 03, 2013:

Thanks so much pstraubie! Wow - a room full of machine will keep you very busy! I appreciate the comments and support.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on March 03, 2013:

Glimmer Twin Fan

You are so clever. This is such a great idea. I have seen plastic ones in the stores but not fabric like these. My sister is moving nearby and she has a room full of sewing machines so I know a project for us.

thanks for sharing.

Voted up and pineed ++++ Sending you Angels this evening. :) ps

Claudia Mitchell (author) on March 03, 2013:

Thank you for your nice comments Kathryn. My favorite part is picking out the fabrics.

Kathryn from Windsor, Connecticut on March 02, 2013:

This is a handy project. It would be fun to choose pretty fabrics for bowl covers. Thank you for sharing these instructions with us, and for having so many photos to show how the process goes.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on March 02, 2013:

Thanks vespawoolf. It's definitely not a difficult project. Make one of your great recipes as a gift and give it as a gift with one of these and you'll make anyone happy! I appreciate the comments.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on March 01, 2013:

This is a clever idea and very useful for me. I like the idea of having a cover tailored to a bowl and I think even I have the level of sewing expertise necessary to do this simple task! : ) Your photos are beautiful, too. Voted up and shared!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on February 21, 2013:

Thanks so much carozy. I hope you give it a try and let me know how it turns out.

carozy from San Francisco on February 21, 2013:

What a creative and yet practical project! I'll have to try this someday.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on February 21, 2013:

I agree brsmom68 - Fabric is not perfect for some things, but others it is a great alternative. I have made a pledge that this year is the year I only use fabric I have and not buy anymore. We'll see if that works or not. Thanks for commenting.