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How to Make: Soup Bowl Cozy Pattern and VIDEO tutorial

Does your microwave also have a portal to the hottest volcano in the world? And when you heat something up, it becomes engulfed in searing lava only for that same lava to magically disappear just before you open the microwave?

Well, mine obviously does because every time I heat something up, the bowl gets so hot that  when I grab it, I end up prancing around the kitchen like a chimpanzee until I finally put it down.

Luckily, I don’t experience that anymore, ever since I made this neat soup bowl cozy pattern. With this bowl cozy pattern you can make a cover for your bowls and not burn your hands with 3rd-degree burns whenever you heat something up.

DIY bowl cozy - square and rounded corners

If you prefer not to burn your hands, keep reading and learn how to make a bowl cozy!

Below you will find my step by step how to make microwave bowl cozy written tutorial with VIDEO instructions for all the visual learners.

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How to make a bowl cozy

Supplies and tools

soup bowl cozy supplies

Notes: If you are going to use the bowl cozy in a microwave, make sure that all materials are 100% cotton. That includes the fabric, the batting and even the thread. Otherwise it might catch fire in the microwave! Regardless of what you use, keep a close eye on the microwave at all times. The bowl cozy is machine washable.

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How to Sew a Microwave Bowl Holder

Watch the diy soup bowl cozy video first and then follow the written step by step instructions below.
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Microwave Bowl Cozy VIDEO TUTORIAL


STEP 1: Prepare the microwave bowl holder pattern

Download the soup bowl cozy (or bowl koozie) pattern from the link above, print it at 100% (no scaling) on a US letter paper. The free sewing pattern for microwave bowl holder has two versions – one with square corners (red summer pattern) and one with rounded corners (blue unicorn)

  • SQUARE: If you are need only the square bowl cozy template, you only need to print pages 1-2 and 4-5
  • ROUNDED: if you are making the round bowl koozie pattern, you need to print pages 2-3 and 5-6

soup bowl cozy pattern

When you decide which one you’ll go with, print out the right pieces and cut out any excess paper. Now your bowl cozy template is ready for use.

STEP 2: Cut out the fabric

Cut out two square pieces of 10 inches from the main fabric. Then cut out two square pieces from the batting, around 9.5-10 inches big.

TIP: Before you do anything with the fabrics, you should first wash, dry, and iron them both well. This will keep the DIY bowl cozy from deforming with time.

STEP 3: Layer fabrics

Place one batting piece on top of one main fabric piece. Keep their wrong sides together and pin the two fabrics together. Repeat for the second main piece and second batting.

STEP 4: Transfer pattern markings

Place the pattern on top of the batting side of the fabric. Draw out the darts onto the batting with a washable pen or sewist chalk.

Transfer the pattern markings (darts and diagonals) on each set of fabrics. First transfer the darts onto the batting, then fold the paper pattern diagonally and transfer the first diagonal marking. Unfold and fold the opposite site, transfer the other diagonal marking. Repeat for the second set of fabrics.

If you don’t want to fold your pattern or find it a bit tricky, you can just draw a line across the fabric, connecting the two opposite corners. Draw a second line between the other two corners. You should have an X mark going through the middle of the fabric.

STEP 4: Sew the batting to the main fabric

Make a stitch along the X mark you made in the previous step on each of the fabric sets.

STEP 4: Make the darts

Fold the fabric piece in half, towards the back, but not diagonally. The batting side should be facing up. Align the dart marks and pin about 1/4 inch from the dart. Do this for all darts.

Sew along the dart markings. Backstitch the seams to give them more strength.

Trim down the seam allowance to around one-eighth of an inch.

STEP 5: Join the pieces together

Now you are going to sew the two fabric pieces together to form the bowl cozy.

Take one of the pieces and turn it inside-out so that the main fabric is facing outward.

Then place one bowl cozy piece into the other. Make sure that their right sides are facing each other. Tuck them well and align their edges, as well as their darts. Pin around and leave a 2 inch gap for turning. Mark the gap with double pins/clips/

Sew the two pieces together along the top edge with a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Don’t sew along the entire edge, remember to leave those two inches unstitched to turn the bowl through.

You can clip the corners at this point, especially if you decided to make the square variant of the bowl cozy.

STEP 6: Finish the DIY bowl cozy

The only work that remains now is to add the finishing touches to the bowl cozy.

Turn the entire thing inside-out through the opening you left unstitched. Then fold the opening inward until it’s aligned with the rest of the seam, pin it and press it flat.

Topstitch along the top edge of the bowl cozy all around. This will close the opening shut in the process.

The bowl cozy is now ready for use! No more burned hands for you!



What do you think about our soup bowl cozy instructions? Were you able to make the bowl cozy by following the steps? Tell us how it turned out in the comment section below. Make sure to sew a couple of these for your friends and family, they will surely love them! Enjoy using your microwave without burning your hands ever again!


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Marielle - November 3, 2020

This is such a great idea! Thanks for sharing the tutorial. I’m visiting today from the Tuesdays with a Twist link up. Have a great week!

Linda - November 4, 2020

I have made one for a Christmas gift, added a pottery bowl, and some soup in a jar recipes.

    Helen - November 5, 2020

    What an amazing gift! I’m sure the receiver will really appreciate your work

Darlene - November 5, 2020

Wow,your idea is not only clever, it’s super cute! I can just picture a table set with several of these under soup bowls in coordinating colors and patterns. Thanks for sharing it and joining Ada and me on this week’s link up party!

xx Darlene

Kimberly @mummepreneur - November 6, 2020

Considering that I too often prance around like a chimpanzee after taking out a hot bowl from the microwave, this is something I really need! 🙂 Thanks for this detailed and well explained tutorial at out #HomeMattersParty.
hope to see you again next week.

Jessie At Home - November 7, 2020

These are so great – I hate burnt hands. I also adore those sewing clips. 🙂

Julie - November 7, 2020

Lovely! I made some similar cosies last year and they are SO useful. These will be one of the features at Handmade Monday tomorrow 🙂

chickenruby - November 7, 2020

What a fab idea, I always struggle lifting bowls out the microwave without spilling something or burning myself. Thanks for sharing with #pocolo and hope to see you abck again soon

Fiona Cambouropoulos - November 8, 2020

What a lovely idea, attractive and practical too #KCACOLS

Naush Samama - November 9, 2020

That’s a fabulous bowl cozy ! Thank you for sharing with us at Meraki Link Party.
Much love

Shelbee on the Edge - November 9, 2020

This is a brilliant idea! I am always burning my hands on microwaved bowls! And my 9 year old refuses to remove his own from the microwave for fear of burning himself. I need to get me some of these! Thanks for sharing and linking up.


Cady - November 9, 2020

This is awesome!! We have 2 of these that we use every time we microwave bowls, but we can definitely use more. I love the idea of making them because we can use fun fabrics! #KCACOLS

Jennifer Dynys - November 10, 2020

So cool! I always use a potholder, but this would be so much better! Thank you for sharing at Embracing Home and Family!

Michelle - November 11, 2020

What an awesome idea! Your tutorial will be featured in tomorrow’s Creative Compulsions.


Jade Page - November 14, 2020

What a brilliant idea, often I think the bowl is hotter than my soup when it comes out the microwave. Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next time

Laurie - November 16, 2020

This is really cute. And practical.
It is way cuter than a washcloth, which is what I generally use.

Thanks for sharing your pattern at the Homestead Blog Hop!

Judy Harper - December 1, 2020

Thanks so much. Wonderful gift and your instructions are terrific.

Kristi - December 23, 2020

Is there a download for the bowl cozy pattern that is full-sized and doesn’t require assembly? Suitable for large-format printers? That would be great!

Thank you!

Millyn - January 26, 2021

I can’t seem to find how to print these instructions.

Sylvia Salvagno - April 14, 2021

Thank you for the pattern and very detailed instructions. I only wish I could purchase from you the pattern
Even though I have a printer by the time I get it printed its a mess. And all upside down!!

Mary Conner - April 18, 2021

Wow, your version looks MUCH easier than another one I tried! Thank you.

Melanie Buckner - June 17, 2021

The batting I bought seems much thicker than what you’ve used in the video. Are there different thicknesses? Should I find some thinner batting?

Yvonne Holmes - June 26, 2021

I know this is an older post but just wanted to chime in with another idea for this pattern:
I used your template with a heavier gauge felt ( thinner felt works also but you may want to double it and stitch two together) and placed one them between my glass mixing bowl as a silencer and it also helps prevent chipping.
thanks for this pattern.

    Helen - June 28, 2021

    That is a great idea, Yvonne! Thank you for sharing that with us!

Elizabeth - September 22, 2021

I have made a lot of these and still friends and family are asking for them. We love them and they are great for the small ones that use them and no burn hands. That’s the best part of all.

Sara - February 15, 2022

I’m just wondering, does the fabric on the left before it’s sewn have fusable fabric? I’m wondering because yours looks so much stiffer then mine after it’s ironed.

    Helen - February 15, 2022

    Hi Sara,
    yes both left and right pieces have batting. One is thinner than the other as I used some offcuts I had left over, so use what you have

Chris - March 5, 2022

You must use a microwaveable batting if you are using the microwave. 100% cotton may contain flammable fibers. Pellon Wrap-N-Zap works well

    Helen - March 7, 2022

    Hi Chris, thanks for chiming in. Can you elaborate a bit more, please
    How is 100% cotton different from the microwavable batting you suggest? From what I see it’s a 100% cotton as well.

Miriam Rootes - March 14, 2022

Could you please tell me, what it the thinner piece of batting you are using?

Thanks Miriam

Michelle - May 5, 2022

I would like to know what batting you used. I have made these, but they are always so thick!

    Helen - May 6, 2022

    If your batting is thick, then just sew it to one of the fabrics not on both

Ann Jay - July 29, 2022

The link you have for cotton thread is actually polyester, as in the description on the Amazon link.

    Helen - July 30, 2022

    Hi Ann, thanks for pointing this out!
    The link was old and the might have changed the thread. Anyways, I’ve just updated the link to point to cotton thread.
    It is very important that everything you put in the microwave is 100% cotton!

Dee - November 2, 2022

I want to make as Christmas gifts and need to tell people how to clean .could you tell me how?

    Helen - November 3, 2022

    I just throw it in the washing machine and air dry.

Sue Kaberlein - November 10, 2022

I have made these, and they were greatly appreciated by the receivers. However, one should place his/her hand under the bowl-holder to remove it from the microwave. Grabbing it by the corners of the bowl holder can result in spills.
In a pinch, the bowl-holder can be used as a pot holder.


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