As we move into the cooler weather of fall and then winter, we’ll all be making more soups and stews. Because, let’s face it, there’s nothing more comforting than a bowl of good hearty soup or stew to warm you up on a cold day.
And as much as I’d like to say that Dave and I eat every meal at the dining room table, that simply wouldn’t be true. We often eat supper with our feet propped up, watching a movie or one of our favorite shows on Netflix.
Eating soup while sitting on the couch isn’t the easiest thing in the world.
In the past, I’ve used a place mat to set the bowl on to keep the heat away from my lap. Well, not anymore!
I’ve been seeing these soup bowl cozies all over the net. In fact, there’s a video tutorial for how to make a bowl cozy that’s been making the rounds and I shared it on my facebook page @1SuperMomNoCape thinking that they’d make super quick Christmas gifts.
You know how sometimes you see something and it starts the gears turning around and around in your mind? Well that’s what that video did.
A while ago, I showed you a photo of the scrap drawer of my fabric dresser overflowing. To partially solve that problem, I made a Pretty Fabric Pop Up Basket to store all the fabric scraps I use for appliqué.
But what I really need to do to solve the problem of that overflowing scrap drawer is to start making some scrap projects.
All the tutorials for soup bowl cozies that I’ve seen online call for using two 10″ squares.
But for this sewing project, I wanted bright, colorful and scrappy.
In the tutorial, I’ve used leftover charm squares. Since I plan on making many more of these bowl cozies for us and for gifts, I’ll be cutting squares from fabric in my scrap drawer.
This is a super, quick project and several could be sewn in an afternoon or evening.
I’ve made the tutorial with lots of detailed photos and explanations so even if you’re a beginner sewer you can feel confident making them.
Charm Square Bowl Cozy Tutorial
8 Charm squares or fabric cut into 5″ squares
Batting cut to 9 1/2″ square
A quick note: If you’re planning to use these bowl cozies in the microwave, make sure to use 100% cotton fabric, batting and thread. Microwave with bowl inside no longer than 3 minutes.
Select 8 charm squares (or cut eight 5″ squares)
Arrange the squares how you’d like them to be in the finished bowl cozy.
These Best.Day.Ever charm squares by April Rosenthal for Moda are from an older fabric line left over from another project.
Flip the square on the right over onto the left square, right sides facing.
Sew the pairs of squares together using a 1/4″ seam allowance.
Quick tip: I’ve marked the 1/4″ seam allowance with small piece cut from a Command hook strip. What I like about using these strips is that they’re easily removable, repositionable and don’t leave a sticky residue on the machine when I take them off.
After sewing the squares together, set your seams with your iron.
Press the seam allowance towards the darker fabric.
To do this, place the piece on your pressing surface with the dark fabric facing up. Flip the dark fabric up and press.
Next you’ll want to pin the 2 patches together.
With right sides together, nest your seams as in the photo below:
Sew using a 1/4″ seam allowance, as before.
This time you’ll be pressing the seams open. I chose to press this seam open to reduce bulk when everything is sewn together.
You’ll have two 9.5″ 4 patches like this:
Next, you’ll need to cut the 9.5″ squares of batting.
This is an opportunity to use up scraps of batting as well, if you’ve got them.
Here I’ve folded the scrap of batting in half and lined up the 9.5 inch mark along the straight edge.
Cut through both layers.
Turn the batting, line the ruler up again at 9.5 inches and make a second cut.
To attach the 4 patches to the batting:
Using a water soluble marker, draw a diagonal line from one corner to the other. And then again in the opposite direction making a large X.
I love this Clover Water Soluble Marker. I have never had it Not come out with a quick spritz of water. And I’ve never had it reappear after pressing, washing or when exposed to colder temperatures.
Place each 4 patch on a square of batting. Pin and sew along the marked lines.
Make sure to remove the pins as you get to them, so that you’re not sewing over them.
Once you’ve sewn one line, sew the line going in the opposite direction.
Next, fold each of your 4 patches with batting in half, right sides facing. On each end of the fold, mark 1 inch from fold and 2 inches from end.
Draw a diagonal line from one mark to the other.
Sew on the diagonal line, starting at the outside edge sewing towards the point.
Backstitch at the beginning of the seam but not the end!
Trying to backstitch at that tiny point through that thickness of materials may leave you with a tangled mess of threads.
I prefer to tie a knot at the point as you’d do when making the dart in a garment.
Repeat on the other folded corner.
Next, fold each piece in half in the opposite direction. Once again mark the corners to make your diagonal lines.
Sew those two corners as before.
Trim off the excess fabric and batting on all four of the corners just sewn on both of the 4 patch pieces.
You should now have two pieces that look like this:
Pin those two pieces right sides together, matching seams.
Sew all the way around the outside using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Make sure to leave a section open for turning.
Quick tip: Mark the places where you want to start and stop with two pins with the same color heads, as shown below:
Trim excess fabric from corners to reduce bulk.
Starting with the corner opposite the opening, turn the piece right side out.
Now is a good time to push that corner all the way out using a point turner.
But if you don’t have a point turner, the tip of your scissors or a chop stick will work just fine.
Continue to turn the piece right side out.
Once it’s turned completely right side out, use the point turner to form nice square corners on the other three corners.
Stitch the opening closed using a ladder stitch.
Topstitch all the way around the outside edge, stitching about 1/8″ from the edge.
And there you have it… a finished charm square bowl cozy.
It goes perfectly with my green soup bowls.
And if you get tired of that side of the bowl cozy facing up, it’s reversible!
If you make one, two or even more Charm Square Soup Bowl Cozies using my tutorial I’d love it if you tag me. I’m @supermomnocape on Instagram, @1SuperMomNoCape on Twitter and @1SuperMomNoCape on Facebook.
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