We’ve all heard the waiter’s common admonition, “Careful! The plate is hot!” At which point, we instinctively reach out to touch the plate… because we just can’t help ourselves! Hot dishes happen at home as well, and there’s usually no waiters to warn you about them. Instead, use our soup bowl cozy to protect yourself. Made with all natural fibers, it can go right into the microwave. So, even though they (who are they?!) always tell us only the food should heat up in the micro, we know that is not always the case. Say goodbye to “too hot to handle” with our cute cozies. But wait… there’s more. These cozies work just as well to protect your hands from too cold dishes, like ice cream.

S4H Fast Fridays projects are all about whipping up something wonderful in no time at all, and these cozies are super quick and easy. Set up an assembly line and create a bevy of bowl cozies in a single afternoon. They would make great gifts – perhaps with a family recipe for a special soup or a homemade soup starter mix or for summer flair, include some fancy ice cream bowls and spoons. 

We made each of our samples from two fat quarters. Our pattern, offered as a free download below, assembles into an approximate 10” x 10” square, making this an excellent project for pre-cuts or scraps. Our original pretty picks are from Tula Pink’s Spirit Animal collection for FreeSpirit Fabrics.

Our sample cozies feature different fabrics for the inside and outside, which makes them twice as pretty. But of course, you could use the same fabric on the front and back. We added a layer of standard cotton batting to each layer.

It can be just as uncomfortable to hold something too cold as too hot. You can slip these cozies over an ice cream bowl to keep the cold at bay, slow the melting of the contents, and absorb the moisture that accumulates on a cold bowl in a warm room.

Use a low loft cotton batting, not a metalicized thermal batting, so you can pop both the bowl and its cozy into the microwave.

Of course, these cozies are not just for the microwave! How many times have you poured a hot liquid from the stove into a bowl and then tried to carry the bowl to the table? “Owwwwww!” Put the bowl into the cozy first, then pour in the hot stuff, then carry it to the table. Much better.

Because the cozies are made from multiple layers of soft fabric and batting, they are flexible enough to wrap around bowls of multiple sizes. The main bowls we used are 6” in diameter x 3” high. But as you can see in the photo above, a larger and deeper bowl as well as a smaller and more shallow bowl worked just as well.

Our cozies finish with an approximate 4” x 4” flat base area. The height varies from 2½” at the top of each “dart” to 4½” at the point of each “wing.”

Sewing Tools You Need

Fabric and Other Supplies

NOTE: The quantities listed below are for ONE bowl cozy, multiply as needed for yourself and/or your gift list.

  • TWO coordinating 100% cotton quilting weight Fat Quarters; we originally used Fat Quarters from Tula Pink’s Spirit Animal collection for FreeSpirit Fabrics, selecting two different prints for the inside and outside of each cozy – you could certainly use the same fabric for both sides
    NOTE: If you choose not to use Fat Quarters, you’ll need fabric scraps or yardage of approximately the same size. The assembled pattern finishes at just 10” square, but it’s nice to have a piece a little bit larger to allow for fussy cutting.
  • ⅓ yard of 22”+ wide low loft cotton batting
  • All purpose or cotton thread to match fabric; some folks prefer all-cotton when making an item that will go into the microwave
  • See-through ruler
  • Fabric pen or pencil
  • Seam gauge
  • Seam ripper
  • Scissors or rotary cutter and mat
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Straight pins

Getting Started and Pattern Download

  1. DOWNLOAD PATTERN: Download and print TWO copies the Soup Bowl Cozy pattern.
    IMPORTANT: The pattern is ONE 8½” x 11″ sheet. You must print the PDF file at 100%. DO NOT SCALE to fit the page. There is a guide rule on the page to insure your printout is to scale.
  2. Cut out the two pattern pieces along their solid outer line.
  3. Using the arrows printed on the pattern, assemble the two sections to create the full pattern.
  4. From EACH fabric, use the pattern to fussy cut ONE front panel and ONE back panel.
  5. From the batting, use the pattern to cut TWO panels.
  6. Make sure you trim the side cutouts from all the layers.

At Your Sewing Machine & Ironing Board

  1. Add a layer of batting against the wrong side of both the front panel and the back panel. The edges of the two layers should be flush all around.
  2. Using a fabric pen or pencil, draw in the two diagonal lines from corner to corner as shown on the paper pattern.

    NOTE: As always when working on the right side of your fabric, make sure your marking tool is one that will easily wipe away or will vanish with exposure to the air or the heat of an iron.
  3. Lightly pin together the layers at the outside edges and along the drawn lines.
  4. Thread the machine with thread to best match the fabric. Slightly lengthen the stitch.
  5. Stitch along the drawn lines on one layered pair. First in one direction and then in the opposite direction, creating a large X.
  6. Repeat on the second layered pair. Take the time to re-thread with matching thread if need be.
  7. On both the front and the back panels, pin the cutouts right sides together. These cutouts are similar to a dart, but without the traditional center fold of fabric. This was done to reduce bulk.
  8. Rather than bringing together two marked lines as you would to create a standard folded dart, you simply align the raw edges of each cutout, right sides together, and pin in place.
  9. Stitch together using a very narrow seam allowance: ⅛” – ¼”.
  10. Press open the tiny seam allowances.
  11. When all four cutouts are sewn on both the front and back panels, your cozy has already begun to form its final boxy shape.
  12. Place the front and back panels right sides together. The outer edges of the the layers should be flush all around. The tiny seams should be aligned.
  13. Pin together, leaving an approximate 2” – 3” opening for turning along one “wing.”
  14. Re-set the stitch length to normal.
  15. Using a ¼seam allowance, stitch all the way around the outer perimeter. Remember to pivot at all the corners and to lock the seam at either side of the 2” – 3” opening.
  16. Trim back just the batting close to the seam on both the panels to reduce bulk.
  17. Clip into base of each “dart” to allow it to ease and curve when turned right side out.
  18. Clip the corners and press open the seam allowance all around.
  19. Turn right side out through the opening. Use a long, blunt end tool to gently push out all the corners. A knitting needle, chopstick or point turner are all good choices.
  20. Press flat all around, making sure the perimeter seam runs straight along the edge.
  21. Press in the raw edges at the opening so they are flush with the sewn seam and pin closed.
  22. Re-thread if necessary with thread to best match the inside in the top and the outside in the bobbin. We found it easiest to stitch with the inside facing up. You can really stitch from either direction, just re-thread the top and bobbin accordingly. Slightly lengthen the stitch to match the diagonal stitching you did above.
  23. Edgestitch around the entire perimeter. This stabilizes the edge and closes the opening used for turning.

Contributors

Project Design: Alicia Thommas
Sample Creation and Instructional Outline: Debbie Guild

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Christina
Christina
30 days ago

Thank you for this great pattern! I have tried others and have struggled due to the bulkiness. Not with this patter and instructions. Your instructions were easy to follow and I love the way my bowl cozies have turned out!

Liz Johnson
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Liz Johnson
29 days ago
Reply to  Christina

Thank you, Christina! This is such a popular pattern and we love hearing a few of the reason why that must be so! Thanks for letting us know about your success!

NELLLY NANCY
NELLLY NANCY
2 months ago

MUCHAS GRACIAS, APENAS ME INSCRIBÍ, ES UNA MARAVILLA. MIL BENDICIONES, SALUDOS DESDE COLOMBIA.

Liz Johnson
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Liz Johnson
2 months ago
Reply to  NELLLY NANCY

Welcome! We hope you enjoy browsing all the projects and techniques!

Julie
Julie
3 months ago

Question … can these be washed in the washing machine?

Liz Johnson
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Liz Johnson
3 months ago
Reply to  Julie

Yes – they are all cotton and washable. But as with any project, it’s best to pre-wash your elements prior to construction in the same way you plan to launder them when done. You can find more details in our Pre-Wash/Pre-Shrink tutorial:
https://sew4home.com/preshrinking-learn-the-what-why-when-and-how/

Mouse
Mouse
3 months ago

I have to try this. Looks interesting.
Really good instructions.AND if you quilt could use the leftover quilt batting to help make these.

Liz Johnson
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Liz Johnson
3 months ago
Reply to  Mouse

Hi Mouse – Thank you – this has been such a super popular project, and – yes – leftover cotton batting is the perfect resource.

Leisha
Leisha
5 months ago

I am just learning to sew and this would be a neat little Project. How can I get the pattern for this. I am retired and wanting a hobby.

Liz Johnson
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Liz Johnson
5 months ago
Reply to  Leisha

Hi Leisha – I think you’ll love this project. It’s very popular. All the instructions are right here on the page. You’ll find the pattern download link as the first step in the Getting Started and Pattern Download section above.

Delphina
Delphina
5 months ago

Hello, made a few for my daughter and I think she will like them. I was doing some research and found that someone had used mercercized thread and when they placed it in the microwave it singed the thread and ruined the bowl cozy. A lot of other sewing enthusiasts insist on the 100 percent cotton thread ( although very expensive) is worth it if you would like to have something that will last.

Thank you so much for the pattern, images and simplicity of something so needed when dealing with hot stuff.

Liz Johnson
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Liz Johnson
5 months ago
Reply to  Delphina

Hi Delphina, we’re glad to hear you had fun with our pattern. Yes, we do also recommend all cotton elements as listed in the supplies above. It’s really the safest bet.

Jenny
Jenny
5 months ago

Thank you for an excellent pattern.Love to make useful items and they are perfect.

Liz Johnson
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Liz Johnson
5 months ago
Reply to  Jenny

Hi Jenny – thank you so much. These little cozies are super duper popular; we’re glad to hear you’re having fun with the pattern as well. If you follow us on social media (there are links in the upper right of every page) we’d love to have you post a picture of the ones you’ve made!

M S
M S
6 months ago

Thank you for an excellent tutorial! I’ve made a bunch and need to send them off to family, short distance. What is the best economical way to do this for about 3-4 cozies? USPS shipping bag? Box?

Liz Johnson
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Liz Johnson
6 months ago
Reply to  M S

Hi there — we haven’t shipped our samples anywhere, however, they are quite soft and lightweight, so I would think a simple large, padded envelope would work well. In terms of economy – that is something you’d need to explore on your end with your specific starting and ending zip codes. We’re so glad to hear you are loving the tutorial. It is SUPER popular.

BARB SCHNEDIER
BARB SCHNEDIER
7 months ago

While you think of hot and cold items: same thread but I want to encourage sewers/gift givers that these are a great idea or those going through Chemo. Help a friend of a friend, the neuropathy chemo can cause in hands and feet make touching/holding a very difficult thing. While we always think of family and friends with our home made gifts of love, make a few for an unknown going through Chemo. We all know someone who knows someone who has cancer. I now know first hand how invaluable this little tool is! On the upside, winning!

Liz Johnson
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Liz Johnson
7 months ago
Reply to  BARB SCHNEDIER

Hi Barb – What a lovely idea and so true. I remember well when a very dear friend was going through chemo how red and painful the palms of her hands became. Thank you for alerting us to this new use!

Lesley
Lesley
8 months ago

Made these for the whole family as Christmas gifts. Everyone loved them. Great patten and very clear instructions

Liz Johnson
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Liz Johnson
8 months ago
Reply to  Lesley

Hi Lesley – Thank you so much for letting us know about your big holiday success! This is such a popular pattern and we love hearing how it’s reaching out into the world.

Alzira Carvalho
Alzira Carvalho
11 months ago

Hi do you have measurements for larger bowl please.

Liz Johnson
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Liz Johnson
11 months ago

Hello Alzira – This is a full pattern so it is only available in the one size. As mentioned in the introduction, “Because the cozies are made from multiple layers of soft fabric and batting, they are flexible enough to wrap around bowls of multiple sizes. The main bowls we used are 6” in diameter x 3” high. But as you can see in the photos above, a larger and deeper bowl as well as a smaller and more shallow bowl worked just as well.”

Sue
Sue
9 months ago

Check you tube some has for bigger bowls and plates.

Sherri H
Sherri H
1 year ago

Do you have a tutorial on YouTube?

Liz Johnson
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Liz Johnson
1 year ago
Reply to  Sherri H

Hi Sherri – No, we don’t have a video for this tutorial, but the steps and photos here are quite complete. We hope you still give it a go.

MKP Design
MKP Design
1 year ago

I made these for my family Christmas gifts. I put an Anchor 2-Cup covered bowl from Wal Mart that is micro safe. Everyone LOVED them!

Liz Johnson
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Liz Johnson
1 year ago
Reply to  MKP Design

@MKP Design – Thanks for letting us know about your success with our pattern! These really are such a great gift idea!

minion89
minion89
1 year ago

Cozies you are very beautiful

Cozies you are very beautiful and many uses. I appreciate your idea of this.

drlgeiger
drlgeiger
2 years ago

I was surprised you didn’t

I was surprised you didn’t discuss the batting more.  Needs to be 100% cotton, such as wrap and zap, no polyester or anything like insul brite which is great but not microwavable….

🙂

Laura

cweinkam
cweinkam
2 years ago

I made a slightly smaller

I made a slightly smaller version of this (6″ square) for my daughter to use for microwaving her lunches. Since she has the use of only one hand I added handles.

BQuinn1234
BQuinn1234
2 years ago

I have made these in the past

I have made these in the past & was very pleased with them, but in my moving everything has gotten misplaced. So I will have to start over & make some more

m steele
m steele
1 year ago

I made your cozy and you did an excellent job of explaining how to do it

Liz Johnson
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Liz Johnson
1 year ago
Reply to  m steele

@m steele — Thank you so much. This is SUCH a popular pattern. We’re happy to know you found it fun and easy.

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