How to Make 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!
- 100% Cotton - washed and pressed
- 1/4" wide elastic
- Sewing machine
- Marking pencil
Step by step guide for making a reusable fabric bowl cover
The following photos and instructions make this project quick and easy.
Step 1 - Cut the fabricClick thumbnail to view full-size
- Wash and press your fabric and lay the inverted bowl down on the wrong side.
- Trace a circle around the bowl, adding about 2 extra inches.
- 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 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.
Step 3 - SewClick thumbnail to view full-size
- 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.
- 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
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.
- 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.
- 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
- Use a safety pin, pinned to one end of the elastic, to help you feed it through the sewn border.
- 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.
- Finish sewing the border where the opening for the elastic was.
- Trim all excess threads.
Finished fabric bowl covers
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.
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