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Charm Square Soup Bowl Cozy Tutorial

Charm Square Soup Bowl Cozy Tutorial

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.

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Charm Square Bowl Cozy Tutorial

Materials needed:

8 Charm squares or fabric cut into 5″ squares

Batting cut to 9 1/2″ square

Thread

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.

To begin:

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.

Charm Square Soup Bowl Cozy Tutorial - select 8 charm squares

Flip the square on the right over onto the left square, right sides facing.

Charm Square Soup Bowl Cozy Tutorial - sew squares together in pairs

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.

Charm Square Soup Bowl Cozy Tutorial - set the seam

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.

Charm Square Soup Bowl Cozy Tutorial - press seam allowance towards the darker fabric

Next you’ll want to pin the 2 patches together.

With right sides together, nest your seams as in the photo below:

Charm Square Soup Bowl Cozy Tutorial - nest the seams

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.Charm Square Soup Bowl Cozy Tutorial - press seams open

You’ll have two 9.5″ 4 patches like this:

Charm Square Soup Bowl Cozy Tutorial - two 4 patch 9.5 inches squares

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.
Charm Square Soup Bowl Cozy Tutorial - cut 2 9.5 inches squares of batting

Turn the batting, line the ruler up again at 9.5 inches and make a second cut.

Charm Square Bowl Cozy Tutorial - turn batting and make the final 9.5 inch 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.

Charm Square Soup Bowl Cozy - draw a diagonal line across the 4 patch square

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.

Charm Square Soup Bowl Cozy Tutorial - sew on the diagonal line

Once you’ve sewn one line, sew the line going in the opposite direction.

Charm Square Soup Bowl Cozy Tutorial - sew a diagonal line 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.

Charm Square Soup Bowl Cozy Tutorial - mark 1 inch from fold and 2 inches from end

Draw a diagonal line from one mark to the other.

Charm Square Soup Bowl Cozy Tutorial - 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.

Charm Square Soup Bowl Cozy Tutorial - sew along the line from one mark to the other

I prefer to tie a knot at the point as you’d do when making the dart in a garment.

Charm Square Soup Bowl Cozy Tutorial - tie a knot in the thread at the pointRepeat 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.

Charm Square Soup Bowl Cozy Tutorial - fold in the other direction and mark the corner as before

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.

Charm Square Soup Bowl Cozy Tutorial - trim off excess fabric

You should now have two pieces that look like this:

Charm Square Soup Bowl Cozy Tutorial - two 4 patch squares with the darts sewn

Pin those two pieces right sides together, matching seams.

Charm Square Soup Bowl Cozy Tutorial - pin the two pieces right sides togetherSew all the way around the outside using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Make sure to leave a section open for turning.

Charm Square Soup Bowl Cozy Tutorial- sew with a quarter inch seam allowance

Quick tip: Mark the places where you want to start and stop with two pins with the same color heads, as shown below:

Charm Square Soup Bowl Cozy Tutorial - place pairs of pins to indicate where to leave the opening

Trim excess fabric from corners to reduce bulk.

Charm Square Soup Bowl Cozy Tutorial - clip the corners

Starting with the corner opposite the opening, turn the piece right side out.

Charm Square Soup Bowl Cozy Tutorial - turn right side out starting with the corner opposite the opening

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.

Charm Square Soup Bowl Cozy Tutorial - push the corner out to a point

Continue to turn the piece right side out.

Charm Square Soup Bowl Cozy Tutorial - continue to turn 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.

Charm Square Soup Bowl Cozy Tutorial - push all the corners to a point

Stitch the opening closed using a ladder stitch.

Charm Square Soup Bowl Cozy Tutorial - sew opening closed using a ladder stitch

Press well.

Charm Square Soup Bowl Cozy Tutorial - press soup bowl cozy well

Topstitch all the way around the outside edge, stitching about 1/8″ from the edge.

Charm Square Soup Bowl Cozy Tutorial - topstitch all the way around the top of the bowl cozy

And there you have it… a finished charm square bowl cozy.

Charm Square Soup Bowl Cozy Tutorial - finished soup bowl cozy

It goes perfectly with my green soup bowls.

Charm Square Soup Bowl Cozy Tutorial - green bowl in finished bowl cozy

And if you get tired of that side of the bowl cozy facing up, it’s reversible!

Charm Square Soup Bowl Cozy Tutorial - reverse side of finished bowl cozy

Charm Square Soup Bowl Cozy Tutorial -green bowl in reverse side of finished bowl cozy

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.

If you’d like to follow me on any or all of those, I’d welcome that too. 🙂

 

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Charm Square Soup Bowl Cozy Tutorial

11 Comments

  • mary
    September 22, 2017 4:48 pm

    Those are so cute! The options are unlimited in the patchwork. Thanks so much for sharing the idea.

    • Super Mom No Cape
      October 2, 2017 1:41 pm

      Thank you Mary!

      It’s a good thing I’ve got lots of scraps because I’ve had a few “orders” from our kids for sets for themselves.

  • Rachel
    September 23, 2017 5:56 am

    What a great idea!

    • Super Mom No Cape
      October 2, 2017 1:35 pm

      Thank you Rachel!

    • Super Mom No Cape
      October 2, 2017 1:39 pm

      Thank you Rachel!

      I’ve got several more that I’m working on. I found some more charm packs that only had a few squares each left in them, so I’m trying to get those used up before I start cutting into my scraps.

  • Holly Maudsley
    September 23, 2017 6:59 am

    Love the idea for using charm squares! Quick Christmas gift…….homemade, washable, and reusable. Thanks for the idea and great directions. I so love that it’s not a video!

    • Super Mom No Cape
      October 2, 2017 1:35 pm

      Thanks so much for your sweet comment Holly!

      Dave and I are planning to start doing video tutorials but that will be in addition to a photo tutorial with written instructions because I know that not everyone has the time or the bandwidth to watch video tutorials.

  • Jenny
    September 23, 2017 8:19 am

    Bet the turtles would love some soup! We miss the turtles.

    • Super Mom No Cape
      October 2, 2017 1:29 pm

      Hello Jenny,

      Your comment made me smile.

      We have a really fun turtle post that we’re planning for Christmas Eve again this year as Dave and I are going on vacation and taking the turtles with us so we can create an extra special story.

      I have another one on a hard-drive that crashed that I’m hoping can be retrieved once I’ve got the extra money to pay to have that done. I lost six months of photos because what I thought was being backed up wasn’t.

      But there are definitely more turtle stories in the works. 🙂

  • Jacque
    September 25, 2017 7:58 am

    Awesome tutorial, very clear and great photos. Love the tip on how you mark the 1/4 inch, too!

    • Super Mom No Cape
      October 2, 2017 1:02 pm

      I’m playing catch up replying to comments today as I’ve gotten behind.

      Thank you Jacque for such a lovely comment!

      That little trick with the 1/4 inch mark has made such a difference when I’m piecing quilt blocks. Before I started using that (and a nifty little ruler that I really need to post about) I always had trouble with getting an accurate 1/4″ seam consistently for every project.

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