How to Make Fabric Bowl Covers

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 fabric bowl covers that you can use outdoors, and in the fridge, to protect your food.

Fabric Bowl Covers

Learn how to make these beautiful fabric bowl covers to keep your dishes fresh and give a gifts.In case you haven’t heard of the term “fat-quarter,” is 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.

Materials for making fabric bowl covers.

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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
Sewing machine and coordinating thread

Start by washing and ironing the fabric. Place your bowl upside down on the wrong side of the fabric. Then measure and mark, 2 inches out from the bowl, all the way around.

Connect the 2-inch marks to form a circle.Connect your markings to make a circle.

Cut circle of fabric with pinking shear to prevent fraying.Cut with pinking shears to prevent the edges from fraying.

Use an overcast stitch to prevent fraying.Another option is to use an overcast stitch instead of pinking shears.

Fold over fabric to create channelFold over the finished edge 1/2 inch and sew, leaving a 2-inch opening at the end.

Attach a small safety pin to elastic.Cut a piece of elastic cord about 5 inches smaller than the circumference of your bowl. Attach a small safety pin to one end of the elastic.

Thread elastic through fabric channelThread 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.

Hand sew final opening closed.Then hand stitch the opening closed.

Three fabric bowl covers in pretty prints.I like the idea of using these to keep out insects in the summer, when dining outdoors. 

Use fabric bowl covers to protect your dishes at a picnic.

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. Wash and reuse as needed.

Wouldn’t this be 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.

About Patti Estep

Patti is the creator of Hearth and Vine, a home and garden blog filled with projects to inspire your creative side. She loves crafting, gardening, decorating and entertaining at her home in Pennsylvania. When she is not working on a project at home or searching for treasures at nurseries and thrift stores with her girlfriends, you’ll probably find her with family and friends, at a restaurant, or home party enjoying new and different food adventures.

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  1. Hi Patti,

    These are so pretty and yes, so much nicer (and safer) than foil or plastic wrap. I love your idea for using them as a housewarming gift and just in time – our son and daughter-in-law are moving from their first apartment to a house next weekend! Now I don’t have to wonder what I’ll do for them!

    • Hi Karen,

      What an exciting time for you son and daughter in-law. That first home is so precious. I hope that they love the bowl covers. I had so much fun making them.
      Thanks for stopping by,

    • Yes they are beautiful and washable. These make great Christmas mas gift ,im making these for sure.

      • Hi Diana,

        I’m so glad you like them. I think they will make wonderful Christmas gifts.
        Thanks for your lovely comment and have a great weekend!

      • If you make for Christmas presents, what size circles do you cut?

        • Hi Kim,

          That’s a good question. Ideally you need to have the bowl(s) to trace. However, you could try making one for the average size bowl and try it on a few different size bowls. Obviously it would not fit a bowl that is larger, but it should be a little flexible with bowls that are close in size and maybe even a little smaller. Of course if you are making it for someone you know you could be a little sneaky and trace the bowls on paper when they were not around, or ask a family member to do it for you.

          Good luck and let me know what you decide.

  2. Thank you so much for posting this! We are are going “paper/plastic-less” in our kitchen and this will be a huge help, And pretty to look at too! I got rid of all ceramic as well because of manufacturers not firing the glaze properly and it slowly leaching toxins into our food and beverages. So no plastic and now no ceramics. Everything I use is wooden or glass now. From cups to serving ware. My mother was tickled when I asked her to be on the look out for vintage corelle. The same I detested, mind you, growing up as a kid. Oh by the way, one can use these same squares to make cloth napkins too. Just sew two coordinating squares together and voila! Very easy.

  3. Love these!! So much smarter than plastic wrap! And prettier, too. I’ve got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for tomorrow morning that features your tutorial: –Anne

  4. Carmencita Delfin Dollete says:

    Thank you Patti for sharing this. I made microwave coziez ,this is a cute project to match my microwave cozie

  5. This might be a really silly question, but how do you fold over 1/2″ on a circle to make the elastic casing without creasing the fabric? I’ve tried without success. Thanks!!

    • Hi Sara,

      It’s not a stupid question. The fabric will crease on the wrong side of the cover. However, when you place the elastic inside it all gathers up (because the elastic is shorter than the circumference), and you can no longer see the creases.
      Hope that helps,

  6. Annette Thornton says:

    I would like to line it with a type of vinyl or plastic. Would this be possible or can you recommend something else. Some foods have a tendency to splash the cover.

    • Hi Annette,

      I have not tried using plastic. There may be a concern with using it in a microwave and any fumes it may emit. Still, you could investigate an oil cloth fabric that would wipe clean. You would probably need a special needle for this heavier fabric. Also, I would give it a larger fold so that you had more fabric to work with when making the casing for the elastic.

      Good luck and let me know how it goes,

  7. I would love to make this out of a beeswax wrap! or make this into a beeswax wrap! **for those who dont know what a beeswax wrap is, your missing out! google it! they replace plastic wrap and are so easy to make!

  8. Jackson M. Watkins says:

    Hi Patti,
    First, Thanks for your post. I plan to Pin this to my Pinterest Page and hopefully share it with many of my friends. I have seen the grocery store version and just knew that same savyvy genius would come up with a great pattern. (hint, hint) I, btw, am a quilter, and have zero experience as a seamtress or a sewer, but because of your great tutorial and photos, you have given me the confidence to make one of these for my Kitch Aid Mixers. Thanks so much!

    • Hi Jackson,

      I’m so glad you like this project. No pattern or great skill is needed. Just use your mixing bowl as a guide and give yourself enough extra room to be able to turn over the fabric to sew and hold your elastic. You can do it. It’s an easy one.

      Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

  9. These are cute, but fabric isn’t air tight. Doesn’t this dry the food out??

    • Hi Regina,

      If you make the elastic smaller than the circumference of the bowl it will be nice and tight and should keep you food covered well. On the other hand, this is cotton, so there will be some airflow. Also, sometimes you just want something to keep the bowls covered. For example at an outdoor party or picnic to keep the bugs out.

      Hope that helps and thanks for stopping by,

  10. So could you add a plastic inside or outside so the food wouldn’t touch or stain?

    • Hi Suzie,

      These were designed more to act like a napkin which you could wash. You may want to look into using a fabric that can be wiped clean. Maybe an oilcloth?? I have not worked with them but could imagine that they would be similar to what you are looking for.
      Hope that helps.

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