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How to Make a Fabric Tortilla Warmer (VIDEO)

We love tortillas in our household but preparing them used to annoy the bug out of me. I’d always waste a ton of time heating each one up individually, or make them soggy and rubbery by heating them up at all once.

But when I started using a fabric tortilla warmer, everything changed. Preparing tortillas became a breeze!

cloth tortilla warmer

With this handy DIY tortilla warmer, I can heat up a bunch of tortillas in a microwave without worrying if they’ll get ruined! They won’t turn soggy, and they won’t turn as hard as a rock!

Now I can have tortillas ready for my family in minutes!

If you want your own fabric tortilla warmer, keep reading to learn how to make one.

diy tortilla warmer in use

Below you will find my step by step fabric tortilla warmer written tutorial with VIDEO instructions for all the visual learners.

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How to make a fabric tortilla warmer

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diy tortilla warmer pattern and supplies

IMPORTANT NOTE: EVERYTHING you put in the microwave should be 100% cotton – that includes fabric, batting AND even thread. Do not use polyester thread!

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STEP 1: Prepare the cloth tortilla warmers pattern

The first thing you need to do is to prepare a tortilla warmer pattern. Download it, print it without scaling and trim the excess paper.

tortilla warmer pattern

The pattern for your new cloth tortilla warmer is now ready!

TIP If you don’t have a printer you can also use a plate or a pot cover instead of a pattern and draw around it to create your own pattern. Just as long as it’s perfectly round and 12 inches in diameter, it will do the job just fine.

STEP 2: Cut out the fabric

Before we begin, let’s just cover the important notes about the fabric quickly.

This tortilla warmer needs to go into a microwave, but you don’t want it to melt or catch fire. That means it’s very important to use the right fabrics. Use only pure cotton for this project, it will easily endure the temperatures it’ll be exposed to.

Fold your fabric in half, place the tortilla warmer pattern on the fold and use your pattern as a guide to cut out the fabric.

cut all 6 fabric pieces needed to make the cloth tortilla warmer

Remember to first wash the fabric thoroughly! That will prevent the microwave tortilla warmer from deforming or shrinking later on.

You need two circles from each fabric: the lining, the main fabric, and the batting. All of them should be equal in size, so use your pattern.

STEP 3: Make the fabric sandwiches

Here comes the fun part!

Place the batting circle on your workplace. Take one circle of the main fabric piece and place it on top of the batting with its right side facing up.

Then grab one circle from the lining fabric. Place it on top of the previous fabric piece with its right side facing down.

Make sure to align all edges. Pin everything in place to keep the layers from moving.

Make two fabric sandwiches like this, so that you use up all of the fabric pieces you cut out.

layering the cloth tortilla warmer

STEP 4: Sew the fabric sandwiches

Use a quarter-inch seam allowance to sew all around each fabric sandwich. Don’t make a full circle though! Leave an opening of a few inches unstitched on each sandwich edge. You need this opening to turn the pieces inside-out.

stitch the fabric tortilla warmer sandwiches

STEP 5: Turn around

Turn both circles inside-out through the opening you left. Use your iron to press both pieces flat.

Now you’ll need to prepare the small openings so that you can sew them shut later on.

First, trim the batting at the opening a bit so that it doesn’t get in the way. Then fold the raw edge inward a little, about a quarter of an inch. Press the fold well and pin in place.

Turn around the microwave tortilla warmer halves

Do this for both circles.

STEP 6: Sew a bit more

The next thing you’ll be doing is topstitching. Topstitch around the entire circle, going close to the edge. You can topstitch an eighth of an inch away from the edge, or a quarter-inch away from the edge, it’s your call.

Do this for both circles.

As you finish topstitching, you will also close the openings left earlier.

tostitching the fabric tortilla warmer

STEP 7: OPTIONAL: Decorate your tortilla warmer

If you want to add some flair or style to your new kitchen accessory, this is the time to do it. You can apply some decorative stitches or embroidery patterns.

I don’t recommend sewing something onto the warmer as decoration though, it’s better to keep the layers to a minimum for safety reasons as well as practical reasons. Make the warmer too thick and your tortillas won’t heat up.

Keep in mind that this will be going into your microwave oven, so you also don’t want any loose ribbons or something similar that might catch fire.

STEP 8: Finish the fabric tortilla warmer

Take one of the fabric circles and place it onto your workspace with the lining facing down. Then take the second circle and place it on top of it, with its lining facing up. Align the edges and secure the layers in place with pins or clips.

Pin halfway around the cloth tortilla warmer (you can use the pattern to make your life easier) or you can just eyeball it.

pin around half of the cloth tortilla warmer

Start sewing on one point you marked. Keep sewing around the curve of the circle until you reach the second point you marked. Reinforce the beginning and the end of the seam with a bit of backstitching.


That’s a wrap! Your new fabric tortilla warmer is finished!

cloth tortilla warmer ready to use

What do you think about our DIY tortilla warmer instructions? Did you find the tutorial useful and interesting? Be sure to make a few for your friends and family as well! Let us know in the comment section how they turned out. And if you have any ideas for improving the project, do share them with us. Your feedback is appreciated!

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Click Here to Leave a Comment Below 24 comments
Mama Duizendpoot - January 17, 2021

This is a great Idea!

Thank you for sharing this Idea in our ‘Creatieve linkparty’.
If you have more 3D relatief creations, deel free tot share these as well. Let’s inspire eachother?

Jhuls @ The Not So Creative Cook - January 19, 2021

We always have tortilla in our home and this is such a great idea. Thanks for sharing at Fiesta Friday party!

Shelbee on the Edge - January 19, 2021

What a wonderful and useful idea! I love it! Thanks for sharing and linking.


    Helen - January 22, 2022

    Wonderful! Thank you so much, Shelbee, I really appreciate your comments. ?.

Elizabeth Schnelle - January 19, 2021

I am loosing my eye=sight and could see to do this project . THAMK YOU —very good instructions.

    Helen - January 22, 2022

    Hi Elizabeth, thank you for the encouraging message. I’m so sorry to hear about your eyesight. I’m glad you are inspired by my tutorials. God bless you!

Carole @ From My Carolina Home - January 20, 2021

Nice tutorial. Can you add one more section on how to use? How many tortillas should you heat at once, for how many minutes on what power in the microwave? Looking for those ideal numbers based on your experience.

    Lisa D Green - February 15, 2021

    I have one that is a stuffed with plastic and I start at 5 seconds. I usually put 2 in at a time. It is really the temperature of your microwave. Also to make these I bought batting that is made for the microwave.

      Helen - February 16, 2021

      Interesting you start at just 5 sec. You are definitely right – microwaves are different. I’d like to start at 30 seconds and adjust as needed until I find just the right temperature

chickenruby - January 20, 2021

This is a great idea, it seems such a waste to put the oven on just to heat the wraps. Thanks for linking with #pocolo and hope to see you back later this week

    Helen - January 22, 2022

    Indeed it is. Using the microwave with the tortilla warmers is so much faster. Thanks for the comment, Ruby

Donna @ Modern on Monticello - January 20, 2021

This is a great idea and something we could all use. You make your tutorials so easy to follow. Thanks so much for sharing. #HomeMattersParty

    Helen - January 22, 2022

    Thanks for sharing that with us, Donna! I appreciate your love and support.

MADELINE l NEWTON - January 21, 2021

thank you for this great pattern for these for we do need this also …again thank you …

    Helen - January 22, 2021

    I’m glad you liked them, Madeline! I love mexican food 🙂

Stephanie 139a - January 21, 2021

These are brilliant – my mum made me one a few years back and I never thought I’d use it. But I do every time we have tortillas! Thanks for joining us at #PoCoLo

Naush Samama - January 25, 2021

Helen, although I don’t sew much (or at all) but I love going thru your tutorial becoz you make it seem so easy. Such creative and lovely ideas, you come up with.
Thank you for sharing your post with us at Meraki Link Party.
Have a wonderful week

    Helen - January 25, 2021

    Thank you so much, Naush! I really appreciate it! I love to sew and showing others that it isn’t complicated at all.
    The tortilla warmers are actually really easy to sew (although admittedly it will take some more time to handsew them)

M-E - February 9, 2021

What a great idea. I needed a pattern as I intend to make them for a younger generation, as gifts.
Do say how many can be warmed at a time and for How long????

Karen - August 16, 2021

Where can I purchase Mexican patterns such as cactus.,hilies and the li,,, I’ve checked many fabrick stores, I want to make about 15 tortilla warmers. Thanks for the how to make instructions,

Christina - September 29, 2021

Love this pattern! I added a hanging loop at the top. These are also good for keeping pancakes warm.

    Helen - September 30, 2021

    Yes, indeed they are! Thanks for sharing

cheryl - November 20, 2021

I also use it for baking potatoes at about 7 minutes.

Suz - March 5, 2022

I love my tortilla warmer, nice soft warmed tortillas. I used bias tape so I could hang it next to the microwave. I also use it to “bake” two potatoes in the microwave.


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