Microwave Bowl Potholder

Are you one of the types that tosses a bowl in the microwave and when it bings- you quickly grab it and then howl because it’s hot! I mean, how does that bowl get soooo hot!
To help us all out and save a bit of flesh on the palms of our hands, let’s make ourselves a hot pad for our bowl.
This thing actually goes into the microwave with the bowl. It sits in there are twirls and when it’s all done you grab a hold of the pot holder, not the bowl!
The corners point out just a bit and are perfect to get a grip on.

microwave bowl pot holder

Materials Needed:

batting- 100% cotton only

backing fabric

fabric scraps

corner handles

Microwave Bowl Potholder Pattern~

You will need to figure out the size your fabric and batting needs to be– measure your bowl from side to side, across the bottom/center.  Add 1/2″ to this measurement.  My bowl measured 10″ so my squares were 10 1/2″

1)  Cut your backing and batting to 10 1/2″ square

2)  Lay your fabric scraps on top of the batting and stitch using the quilt as you go technique

quiltmicrobowl

3)  Trim either the front OR the backing 3/4″ larger on each side – this will be used as the binding on the next step

4)  Fold the edges over twice to bind the sides

microbowl

5)  Fold the square in half diagonally

6)  Measure from the corner and stitch to box pleat the corner– measurement is around 2″ – 2  1/2″ depending on how deep you want the bowl to be.

box the corner

7)  Repeat on all 4 corners- check the size of the bowl to make sure it fits.  Make any adjustments to the corners now if you need.

corner handle micro bowl

8)  Flatten the corners down and stitch to secure- this will give you those little handles

sew the corner down

9)  Place your bowl inside and microwave.  The potholder bowl can go into the microwave- no problem.  When you need to remove the bowl, hold onto the little handles to keep your fingers from getting burned.

quilted microwave bowl

microwave bowl potholder

You might want to give the microwave potato bag a try next–

how to sew a microwave potato cooker bag

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  1. This is so, so cool! I wish I could make something like this. 🙂 It’s so useful and looks great, too!

    PS – it keeps saying my comment is spam when I hit submit! Very strange.

  2. sheryll

    17 February

    I make microwave bowl holders all the time and people love them. Your way, with the handles, is truly ingenious. Congratulations!

  3. Denise B

    18 February

    I love this fabric bowl potholder . The other one I saw was a pain to make, cute but a pain to make and took too long. I think the handles really are so much better than the other one. I’m going to sew up a bunch of them, I have three grandchildren who will love these for using on the table for those hot bowls of soup in the winter as well as for the microwave.
    Also, I love your web site.

  4. Marcy

    24 February

    I just started one of these using your pattern and it is easier than the other popular one one the net. Please remind folks to use only cotton supplies, including thread.

    Question-on number six, meaure from the corner and stitch…. What is the measurement.

  5. Becky

    4 March

    Just updated the step to show 2″ or so. Thanks for the reminder!

  6. Linda

    15 March

    Really interesting, thank you for sharing.

  7. myra

    28 June

    Due to having arthritis in my fingersI will make the tabs bigger so that I can get a better grip. Thanks.

  8. Eileen

    29 June

    Love the concept, I will make some. Please not so many large pictures. Paper and ink are expensive.
    Can’t find a command “to print”.

  9. anna

    13 September

    was desperately looking for a practical gift idea for Christmas- for someone who has everything and don’t want to buy the gift. this is the perfect idea !!!

  10. Becky

    14 September

    I love mine! Use it all the time. Good luck making them- they will love it!

  11. Melissa

    26 October

    I don’t quite understand step 3) Trim either the front of the backing 3/4″ larger on each side Just trying to clarify – do you trim the backing fabric and batting by 3/4″ on all sides to wrap the front fabric to the back to make the binding? I’m a very visual person and want to make sure I understand, as I’d love to make these

  12. Bonnie

    5 December

    I like your pattern. I have made some of the other pattern. When i washed the bowl holder it shrunk.
    Do you prewash your fabric? If you do , do you think the batting will shrink?

  13. Becky

    5 December

    cotton batting does shrink a bit. I find that I can usually iron it out if it is not reshaping.

  14. Bonnie

    5 December

    So you prewash the fabric before making the bowl cozy?

  15. Joyce Saunders

    7 January

    I am also not clear on step 3. Do you trim the batting and inside of the bowl 3/4 shorter than the outside fabric and then turn the outside in to the inside of the bowl and hem. This sounds much easier than previous ones I tried.
    Thank you.

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