Welcome to the Christmas in July Blog Tour!

I was really excited last December when I read the Confessions of a Fabric Addict Blog, and Sarah had put out a request for interest in participating in a Christmas in July Blog Hop.  I immediately jumped on board and asked to participate.  After searching our house top to bottom several times for the one microwave bowl cozy we have and not finding it, I decided to make some.  I received the Christmas fabric as a gift from a friend, and I decided it would make really pretty bowl cozies paired with semi-solid fabrics as the lining.  Be sure to read clear to the end to learn about an amazing give-away!

If you are not familiar with microwave bowl cozies, they are basically bowl-shaped pot-holders.  They are used when microwaving a bowl so that the hot bowl doesn’t burn fingers when you remove it from the microwave.  In addition, they can be used to insulate hands against cold bowls – ice cream, anyone?

The assembly of the bowl cozies is pretty simple, and the most difficult step is adding the side darts.  The darts themselves aren’t difficult, rather, they are time consuming.  For example, I made six bowl cozies.  Each of the two pieces of the bowl cozy has four darts, so eight darts per cozy, which equals 48 darts.

Materials Required

You want to make sure you use 100% cotton materials because synthetic fibers could melt or catch fire in the microwave.

  • 2 coordinating 100% cotton fabrics
  • 100% cotton batting
  • cotton thread
  • sewing machine
  • quilting ruler and mat or scissors
  • pins
  • fabric marker
  • chopstick or bodkin for pushing out corners

For each bowl cozy you plan on making you will need two 10″ squares of batting and one 10″ square of each fabric being used (two total fabric squares).

Assembly

To begin, match a piece of batting to each piece of fabric, and sew an “X” from corner to corner.

Next, mark the darts.  My darts are centered on each side of the square.  They are 2″ on the flat side, and extend 2-1/4″ towards the center.  Since I had so many darts to mark, I made a template out of a thin piece of cardboard and used it to mark all the darts.

Fold the edges, matching the dart lines, and stitch.  Once all darts are stitched, trim seams and clip threads.

At this point, each piece should resemble a squared-off bowl shape.

Finishing

Next, match a lining piece with an external piece, and pin, right sides together, matching corners and darts. Stitch together around the edge using a 1/4″ seam allowance and leaving an opening for turning right side out.  I mark the opening with double pins on each end of the opening.

Turn the bowl cozy right side out through the opening, use a chopstick or other tool to push out corners.  Press and topstitch around the edge, closing the opening used for turning.

 

Vóilá!

Your bowl cozies are now finished, and it is time to enjoy some warm soup, or, since it is July, some chilly ice cream!

 

Feel free to ask any questions in the comments below, and I will try to answer them as quickly as possible.  This fun project and blog tour is the second completed project on my 2017 Quarter Three Finish-A-Long List!

Blog Tour Round-Up

For more Christmas in July fun, be sure to check out the amazing projects and tutorials that are part of this Christmas in July Blog Tour:

Friday, July 14th

From My Carolina Home

Vrooman’s Quilts

Pampered Pettit

Saturday, July 15th

Citymousequilter

Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting

Quilting Fun

Sunday, July 16th

Swimming in a Sea of Estrogen

Everyone Deserves a Quilt

Cheryl’s Teapots2Quilting

Monday, July 17th

Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats

Pieceful Thoughts of My Quilting Life

Crayon Box Quilt Studio

Tuesday, July 18th

Seams To Be Sew

Stitchin at Home

Domestic Felicity

Wednesday, July 19th

The Colorful Fabriholic

Smiles From Kate

Thursday, July 20th

Cheryl’s Teapots2Quilting

The Inquiring Quilter

Selina Quilts

Friday, July 21st

Katie Mae Quilts

Quilted Blooms

QuiltFabrication

Saturday, July 22nd

Devoted Quilter

Kathy’s Kwilts and More

All Points of the Compass

Sunday, July 23rd

Mel’s Quilting Blog

Resourceful Momma

Cheryl’s Teapots2Quilting

Monday, July 24th

Anja Quilts

PickingandStitching

A Dream and a Stitch

Tuesday, July 25th

Christina’s Handicrafts

Abyquilts

 

 

Give-Away Time!

And as if great holiday ideas and a tutorial weren’t enough, this year we’ve got something extra special!  The lovely folks over at Free Spirit Fabrics have donated not just one item for a giveaway, but THIRTEEN!  And it’s pretty drool-worthy stuff, too – it’s Tula Pink’s new holiday line, Holiday Homies!!!

Sarah has six design rolls, six layer cakes, and one fat quarter bundle to give away – and here’s how she’s going to do it!  Visit each stop on the hop, including this blog, and leave a comment on each post for the day.  At the end of the hop, Sarah will do a giveaway for each day by putting everyone’s name in the hat who commented that day (from all that day’s hop-blogs), and drawing a winner for that day.  That will be twelve winners – the design rolls and layer cakes. 

At the very end, Sarah will put all the names from all the days in a hat and draw out a grand prize winner for the fat quarter bundle!  Only one prize per person, though – let’s spread it around a bit!  So carve out a bit of time to visit all the blogs and comment.


Amy

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185 thoughts on “Christmas in July Blog Tour

  1. I have made bowl cozies, but I like your method better than the one I used. I will have to try it out. Thanks!

  2. Your microwave bowls are so festive. Love you fabric choices. Thanks for sharing

  3. Thanks for the tutorial, we could use a few of these in our home!!!

  4. Great blog and directions for a quick and useful project. These would make great hostess gifts, Secret Santa gifts and are all around useful gifts. I think bright summery fabrics would be perfect for bowls of ice cream. Thanks for this post. D. Weeks (aka Momma Llama)

  5. I had a request to make some for our parish fair in July! Thanks for the instructions – a great tutorial.

  6. I love these bowls. I have made a few in the past as gifts but can’t seem to find my directions. So glad to see them here. Thanks. Love them in the Christmas fabrics too.

  7. How pretty, I have to make some of these, ice cream is my favourite and the bowl does get very cold. Thank you for the tutorial.

  8. These microwave bowl holders do come in handy. Thanks for the tutorial.

  9. I keep seeing these and thinking I should make some. Do you need the dimensions for your bowls, or do the holders seem to be a standard size? My bowls have a wider base than the ones you’ve shown. Thanks!

    1. I made these using 10″ squares of fabric and batting. They work well with all the different bowl sizes we have. We have a lot of custom-made ceramic bowls because I was an Art minor in college, and I focused on pottery. They hug our smaller bowls perfectly, and the larger bowls are well insulated, too. I just use the corners of the cozy to carry the larger bowls if I need to.

  10. I’ve never used a bowl cozy, but imagine they would be useful. Your tutorial makes it look simple so I’m thinking I’ll have to give it a try! Thank you for participating in the blog hop and creating and sharing this great tutorial!

  11. I need to make some of these. They would be great gifts and I could use some of the scrap batting that seems to overtake my studio.

  12. Thanks for sharing. I did 12 days of Christmas last year and was looking forward to this year. I will make the bowls. Thanks.

  13. I like the idea of a bowl insulator but I can’t read your instructions since pop-up ads keep popping up on your blog. No one else’s blog I’ve been to seem to have this problem. Help!

  14. I love using my microwave bowls. They make such nice gifts.

  15. OMG! This is the first time that I have been to your blog and your name isSO funny! Thanks for the tutorial. I have made these for others but I do not have even one. I will use some of my amazingly huge stash and make some for myself. I think that I will use the good stuff, not the scraps!

    1. Ha ha ha! Yes, we have three daughters, and before the oldest graduated and moved on, our house was a crazy nest of hormones!

  16. Thanks for a great tutorial. I love using my microwave bowls.

  17. I love using the microwave bowl holder and need to make more. Your Christmas ones are so pretty. I didn’t think about making a dart template but that’s a good idea. Thanks for sharing.

  18. Beautiful fabrics…almost too pretty to risk spilling soup on!!
    Thanks for such a nice tut…I like the idea of making a template so that all the darts on all the bowls are exactly the same & you don’t have to measure each time. Good tip!

  19. forgot that I’m a “no reply blogger” so my email, in case I get lucky is rett at neo dot rr dot com

  20. Thanks for sharing a great tutorial. I am going to use this to make some for a co-worker — a great idea!

  21. We’ve made these – pattern a little different – with our quilt guild and sewing groups. Quick little craft to use up those scraps. Thank you for sharing.

  22. What a neat project – have not seen these before – they are definitely on my “to do” list!

  23. I have a stack of these set aside to hand out as people need / want them.

  24. I have made these before but the dart is tedious— You are a genius! thanks for sharing the dart tip

  25. What a cute gift idea. I have a friend who makes these and they are very nice.

  26. So many great projects on this hop. Thanks for the tutorial.

  27. I’ve always wanted to sew these bowls but for ice cream. Now I’m thinking great holder for chili bowl when football season is here.

  28. Fun, fun, fun! These are a great way to use up scraps of not only fabric, but batting as well. And, I can do it making gifts. This is a win/win deal! Thanks for the tutorial.

  29. I have some of these bowl holders and I use them a lot! Thanks!

  30. I love this idea! I have seen them before but have never made any, so thank you for the tutorial!

  31. Perfect timing, I was just thinking that these cozies would be great for our Quilt Show store and I needed the directions !

  32. I was just thinking about how much I could use some of these. Thanks so much for this great tutorial! Do you think that it would be helpful to use some of the heat-safe batting, the kind I’m using right now to make hot pads? Or does the double layer of batting do the trick? Thanks again for this very timely tutorial.

    1. I think heat-safe batting would help, but you might still want to do two layers. I used 100% cotton batting because I didn’t have any of the pot-holder batting.

  33. Thanks for the simplified tutorial! This looks like a nice easy gifty project!

  34. just maybe the best idea for family x-mas presents!! I am gonna try make myself a few!

    1. I wouldn’t risk using anything that wasn’t 100% cotton or made for pot-holders.

  35. I use my cozies all the time for microwaving. It would be fun to have some in a Christmas theme, too! Thanks for the tutorial.

  36. Great idea! Thanks for the great tutorial too. I’ve been meaning to make some of these, and your instructions are very clear. Thanks!

  37. Thanks so much for the tutorial. These would be great gifts!

  38. I made some of these for my daughter last year and just guessed at the darts. Thank you for such complete directions. We are soup lovers here and being able to warm up soup in bowl and carry to the table without burning hands is really great.

  39. I’ve made a few of these, but I got some helpful tips here! I will now be using a template, and I really like the idea of a print on one side and solid on the other!

  40. Thanks for the tutorial for these cute, but yet functional, gift ideas!

  41. Wow…a great tutorial! I hope to get some of these made, for sure!

  42. Making these has been on my list for awhile but it just made it’s way to the top!

  43. Great tutorial! I need to find some 10″ squares and make a couple of these right away!

  44. Love the bowl holders. I have made these also for gifts and people love them. thanks for the inspiration

  45. I don’t have a microwave as i only used it once a year on Christmas Day, however my children would love this, thats another gift to add to the every increasing pile i am going todo, thanks for the tutorial and blog hop!

  46. Thank you for such a cute project. Have a granddaughter getting married and these would make a cute part of a shower gift.

  47. I really like your tute for bowl cozies! It is so hard to get a regular pot holder under or around a bowl after it gets hot in the microwave. I will be making a batch of these this coming week, and what a great gift idea! Thank you.

  48. I made these for the millennials in our family for Christmas. They loved them! I use a dart that is about 1 1/4 inches wide for my Fiestaware bowls, since it fits them better.

  49. Great tutorial! I will have to make a few of these bowls.

  50. Thanks for participating in the 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop and sharing that tutorial!! I’ve never quite understood how these were made, but your photos cleared up my questions.

  51. That you for a wonderful tutorial on these microwave bowl holders. I need to make a few…….

    1. LOL, thank you! It’s not so bad now that the two oldest have graduated and moved on, but at one point four girls/women in the same house was a bit like a stormy sea at times. 😀

  52. I have not made these holders but have received one as a gift and it is great. I may be making a few more with your tutorial. Thanks!

  53. love your bowl — they would make a nice Christmas gift. Now that I think of it — they would be a nice wedding gift although a note would probably need to be included to explain what they are. Have you made bigger ones for bigger bowls?

    1. I have not made bigger ones yet, but I think larger ones would be great for keeping a pot-luck dish warm. They would also work well for passing a hot bowl of food around the dinner table at night!

  54. I love these bowls. I have a couple and could really use some more.

  55. This is probably the easiest bowl cozy pattern that I’ve ever seen! Thanks for sharing!

  56. I won one of these microwave bowls at my quilt guild and need to learn how to make them so I can stop sharing my bowl. I think a few people will be getting these for Christmas. Thanks.

  57. So excited to try making this one (pinned it!). I’ve been thinking of trying some of these for some time now. Would be the perfect gift for my mom =) Thanks for sharing!

  58. Thank you so much for this wonderful tutorial. This is much better than grabbing a paper napkin! More effective, too. =)

  59. Hi Amy,
    I am still making the cozies for the baby shower next weekend – we had a few more RSVPs that I thought were no change to YES. Nice tutorial, and I love that they are reversible – Christmas on one side, rest of the year on the other. ~smile~ Roseanne

    1. I can’t wait to see the pictures of the baby shower cozies, I bet they are adorable!

  60. I love these bowl holders. They are great ideas. Thanks for sharing

  61. Such a useful project, I’ll definitely try this out! Thanks for the tutorial.

  62. Great directions – thanks for sharing. I’ve pinned to remember to make when it’s not so hot!! The name of your blog is so much fun!

  63. these are so pretty. they are addictive. last year I made a lot of these for christmas

  64. Thank you for the tutorial. I am a beginner and I am wondering if you have any tips for sewing through two layers of cotton and batting–especially over the seams from the darts?

    1. I have two suggestions. The first is to change to a brand new needle just before you start topstitching. The second is to go slow, and when you feel like you’re moving at a snail’s pace, slow down even more. 🙂 I went so slow over the seams it felt like I was hardly moving, but it worked. Oh, bonus hint – if you have a walking foot, use it! Mine rarely comes off my machine anymore.

  65. Loving this blog hopping tour – nice cozy tut and great fabrics used:)

  66. What a great gift idea!
    Thank you for your well-written directions! (and great pictures!… The stacks of bowls themselves are pretty as decorations! I can see them used as candy dishes, when not being used as a bowl cozy!)
    Pat T.

  67. Making these have been on my list for a couple of years. I must make some soon.

  68. Thanks for this tutorial. I have been wanting to make some bowl cozies.

  69. Such a great gift idea, Amy! And looks like a great way to use up some leftover layer cake pieces I have hanging around, too. Thanks for a great tutorial!!

  70. I have a question about the dart. When you say the distance to the center is 2 1/4″, is that the side of the triangle or the height of the triangle? I’m assuming the base of the triangle (flat part) is 2″. This is a great tutorial and will make great gifts anytime. Thanks for a great idea that can be completed in this lifetime. I tend to pick projects that go on forever.

    1. The 2-1/4″ is from the edge of the fabric to the point of the dart. I’m glad you find the tutorial useful!

  71. I was also going to say I like the name of your blog. I started taking estrogen when I had a hysterectomy when I was 28 years old. I was diagnosed with stage 2+ breast cancer many years later. The day I was diagnosed was the last day I was to have any hormones of any kind. My cancer was progesterone seeking and that didn’t matter. No more estrogen either. I have a friend who used to be a nurse that had a hysterectomy probably in her late thirties and started taking estrogen. Her mother was diagnosed with cancer in her 80’s and I told my friend she needs to think about stopping estrogen. As I’m finding out, my nurses think they know all about medicine and think they are not vulnerable at all and she thinks if she lives long enough she’ll have breast cancer anyhow. Breast cancer was not a cakewalk and I wish that I had known the possibility of using estrogen long term. I do not know if that was the cause or not. I do know that there was no history in my family. The good news is that I am in remission and I raised the flag to her. That’s all I could do. Again, thanks for a great project.

    1. I, too, had a hysterectomy at a young age (31), but I have never taken any HRT. My mom just passed her 5-year mark from having breast cancer. It was not the genetic mutation; however, I still get checked regularly because we didn’t have a family history, either. I chose the name for my blog because, at the time, I was a single mom to three girls. Our house was a raging sea of hormones! 😀 Even now, with the oldest graduated and on her own, poor Todd has to deal with way more emotions than he ever thought possible.

  72. These would make great Christmas or wedding gifts! Thank you.

  73. I made these a few years ago. I don’t remember that the tutorial I used was as clear as yours. Thanks, I’m sure I’ll whip up a few for this holiday season.

  74. Thanks for the tutorial! I was given one of these a couple of years ago and love it!

  75. A friend of mine has a set of bowl cozies she bought at a craft fair. She says her family uses them all the time! I think I need a set too! Thanks for the tutorial so I can make some for myself and then gifts too!

  76. Thank you for a fantastic tutorial on the bowl cozies. What a great use of scraps for a daily need! Thank you also for the blog hop. I look forward to following you!

  77. What a clever idea-great for gifts and holiday craft fairs! Thanks for sharing.

  78. Hello from Canada, your tutorial was great and looks easier than the pattern I used previously.

  79. Great tutorial and I love the Blogs Name. Thank you for being part of the Blog Hop

  80. I love how your bowls turned out. Thanks for the tutorial. I marked it.

  81. Your tutorial was much easier to understand than others I have looked at. Thank you for taking the time to create it.

  82. These are so pretty. I can’t wait to sew some of them for my friends.

  83. Thank you for sharing the very easy to follow tutorial. I like the idea of using a template to mark the darts.

  84. Someday I’ll get around to making some of these bowls. A quilting friend has made these to sell and they are one of her top selling items. Thanks for the detailed directions.

  85. I received a couple of bowl cozies for Christmas last year and love them. I really like the fabrics you used in yours.

  86. These make the nicest gifts and are fairly quick to put together!

  87. Clever girl! These look like they would make wonderful gifts.

  88. I really need to make some of these bowl cozies. Thanks for the tutorial.

  89. VERY CLEAR INSTRUCTIONS THANKS FOR THIS! READINGTIRZAH AT YAHOO.COM

  90. Your instructions for the bowls were very easy to follow. Thanks!

  91. Click…and SAVE! SUPER creative and easy, thanks for the tutorial.

  92. I have made a couple of these bowls for others…but need to work on more. Thanks for the reminder and good tutorial.

  93. Fun tutorial. I have such odd size soup bowls I’d need to try one to see if it would actually work. Thanks for sharing.

    1. We have bowls that range from very small (7″ lip to lip around the bottom) to very large (14″), and this size has worked well for all of them. You could always increase or decrease the size of the squares based on your bowls.

  94. Amy,

    These are wonderful! I’ve seen them before, but never inquired on how to make them and you make it sound so simple in your tutorial. I am definitely going to give these a try for gifts this year. Thank you.

    Debbie

  95. Thanks for the great pattern. I can’t wait to make some.

  96. I see lovely little gifts for friends and family with your tutorial. thank you for sharing.

  97. Well your way is diffrent then how I put the dart in but all cool as long as every one remebers 100% cotton…Bowl cozies are the best thing in all my sewing ideas…We eat alot of left overs…. tytyty for your input on the dart.. happyness04431@yahoo.com

  98. I love these and have made a few but have given them all away. I need to make some for myself!

  99. Thanks, I really need to make some of these for myself…

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