How to Make a Bowl Cozy in Just 10 Steps

How to Make a Bowl Cozy in Just 10 Steps

Bowl Cozy - free pattern from Tara Reed Designs

Bowl cozies are THE BEST! They are great for both hot or cold foods so if you want to enjoy a hot bowl of soup or protect your hands from a cold bowl of ice cream, this is for you!


Not only do they protect your hands and furniture but they double as built-in potholders when used with hot food.

Quick and easy to sew, bowl cozies make great gifts and are also a way to add seasonal fun to your home. They take up little space so why not make them for the holidays, season, special occasions and more?


SAFETY NOTE: If you will use the bowl cozy in the microwave make sure to use 100% cotton fabric, thread and batting. Polyesters or metallics may catch fire (and who wants that??)

This pattern features fabric from the Homestead Life collection by Tara Reed Designs, manufactured and sold by Riley Blake Designs.

Create a Bowl Cozy in just 10 Simple Steps!

Step 1:

Place each square of fabric on top of a square of batting.

Step 2:

Mark diagonal lines for stitching and pin. (fig. 1)

For a basic square I often mark and sew with the batting on top to decrease the amount of lint that goes into my machine.

For quilt blocks where you want to be more precise with the center point I sew with the fabric on top.

Step 3:

Fold each piece in half, right sides together.

Place the FOLDED EDGE along a cutting mat OR measure 1” from the fold on the top and 2” down the fold. Mark. (fig. 2)

Repeat on the bottom edge and sew along both lines on both halves of the cozy.

Step 4:

Trim seam allowance to 1/8” to decrease bulk.

bowl cozy - layer and mark sewing lines

figure 1

bowl cozy - mark and sew darts

figure 2

Step 5:

When you open the squares they will sit like a bowl.

Turn one right side up and the other right side down. (It doesn’t matter which is which at this point…) 

Step 6:

Layer both halves with right sides together (fig. 3) and clip or pin so corners and darts line up.(fig. 4)

I use a different color clip to mark where to leave an opening for turning.

bowl cozy process photo - step 6

figure 3

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Step 7:

Sew around the edges with a 1/4” seam, turning your needle at the corners and the darts.

Leave about 3” open for turning.

I sew back and forth a few times to reinforce the opening so the stitching doesn’t come apart when turning the cozy right side out.

Step 8:

Trim corners being careful not to clip the stitching. (fig. 5)

Push out corners.

Step 9:

Shape so the fabrics are on the top and bottom as you want them. (fig. 6)

The first time you do this you might panic and think something is wrong (I did!) – it doesn’t look great until you add the topstitching!

Step 10:

Topstitch around the edge of the bowl, folding in the opening 1/4” to close. (fig. 7)

Just like that YOU ARE DONE!

bowl cozy process photo - step 8

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bowl cozy process pic - step 9

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bowl cozy process pic - step 10

figure 7

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That was pretty easy, right? Don’t forget these are great gifts for a hostess, teacher, co-worker or anyone!

*Disclaimer: it is my understanding that any 100% cotton batting should work in the microwave but obviously do what you feel comfortable with. 

Have a happy & creative day!

– Tara Reed

P.S. If you make this pattern I’d love to see it and hear how you used it!

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Some Materials Used in this Project

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Pellon® Wrap-N-Zap 100% Cotton Microwave Safe Batting >

Alex Anderson 4-in-1 Sewing Tool >

Craft Sewing Clips >

100% Cotton Thread >

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