How clever is this? Don't you hate it when you microwave your leftovers and the bowl is too hot to handle when you take it out of the microwave? Me too. I found two tutorials on how to make these clever little bowl cozys just before Christmas. Too late for me to make for gifts this year, but I tell you, next year everyone is getting them. Here are the tutorials I used: Syzygy of Me and Been a Very Busy Crafting Bee. The tutorials are handy because they each make cozys that are different sizes and of course you get the perspective of different photos of the process if you are confused.
Here are some photos of my experience, but do check out the tutorials, they are much better than mine in both description and photos.
I started with two layer cake squares (10" square) and two pieces of cotton batting (10" square). I marked an X corner to corner on both fabric pieces with a sewing chalk pen. I put a piece of batting and a layer cake square together and stitched on my X lines on both pieces.
Here is where I ran into trouble. You are supposed to mark and sew darts on both pieces and I screwed up my first attempt.
Fold your fabric in half RST to make a rectangle. Mark your dart 1" out and 2 1/4" down. Mark and sew darts on the two folds, then open and refold the square to make two more darts on the opposite folds. You will make four darts on each piece. Here is the key: mark the dart on the FOLD (as shown), not the raw edge. If you mark and sew on the RAW EDGE this is what you get---
Something that looks like a fitted diaper. No, that is not what you want. Darn. That was cute fabric too. It should look like this---
Yes. Can you see this coming together? See the four darts? Do the same with both pieces and fit them RST (right sides together). Pin and stitch all around the raw edge with a 1/2" seam allowance, leaving two or three inches unstitched so you can turn it right side out. Trim excess fabric from darts. Clip the corners and the points.
Ta da. Turn right side out and you are nearly done.
Press and machine stitch all around the outside edges. I used a decorative stitch I call the Wiggle Stitch. You don't have to hand sew the place where you left the seam open to turn it because the decorative stitch catches the edges.
Cute, huh? And practical too.