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,

  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

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