Learn how to make pretty fabric bowl covers to protect your food as an alternative to plastic wrap. Washable reusable pretty cotton prints that would make a great housewarming present or any occasion gift.
While shopping with my sister and friend in the strip district, I stopped in at Loom, a beautiful textile store full of high-end fabrics, notions, and vintage pieces. In the front, they have a section of fat-quarters for $3.50.
If you are into collecting beautiful fabric patterns, you may have found yourself with a few fat quarters. These are perfect for creating reusable bowl covers for your serving bowls and baskets that you can use outdoors, and in the fridge, to protect your food.
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What's a Fat Quarter
In case you haven't heard of the term "fat-quarter," it just means a sample of fabric measuring 18" x 22." Just like charm packs, you can buy these in collections for quilting and crafts. Some places such as Loom, simply have an assortment for you to choose from, to make any project, or to add to your collection.
I like the idea of using these to keep out insects in the summer, when dining outdoors or picnics.
Frequently Asked Questions
I would not use them in the microwave, simply because I'm not sure what chemicals from the fabric might leach into the food.
I haven't noticed this to be a problem in the short term. However, if I'm placing something in the refrigerator for a long period I do not use these covers, Instead, I use reusable plastic containers with tight-fitting lids.
I have not tried this but would assume it would work. My only concern would be the washability of the oilcloth. Some people also ask about using waxed fabric. I believe that would be hard to sew through and the wax application should allow you to press the sides, eliminating the need to sew elastic into the cover.
Yes, you can spot clean them or wash them in the washing machine in cold water. Consider using a mesh bag if you have one for the washer to keep them protected. I would then hang the covers to dry and use a light iron to press out any wrinkles if desired.
They look a lot prettier than foil or plastic wrap and can be made to coordinate with your kitchen or any theme you'd like.
Wouldn't they make a nice housewarming gift? You could make something delicious, and bring it to the new homeowners, complete with the bowl and cover as part of the gift.
See all the details below in the step-by-step printable tutorial.
- Cotton fabric - I used three fat quarters but depending on the size of your bowls you may not even need that much.
- 1/4 inch elastic cord
- Coordinating thread
- small safety pin
- sewing machine
- pinking shears
- tape measure or ruler
- Place your bowl upside down on the wrong side of the fabric. Trace 2 inches out from the bowl with a pencil.
- Cut with pinking shears to prevent the edges from fraying. Another option is to use an overcast stitch instead of pinking shears.
- Fold over the finished edge 1/2 inch and sew, leaving a 2-inch opening at the end.
- Cut a piece of elastic cord about 5 inches smaller than the circumference of your bowl. Then attach a small safety pin to one end of the elastic.
- Thread the elastic through the fabric, using the safety pin to help you push it through. Once it is all the way through, remove the safety pin, and sew the ends of the elastic together on the machine, or by hand.
- Finish by hand stitching the opening closed.
It's always best to wash and iron your fabrics before making and projects with them.