Soup Bowl Cozy Pattern

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Protect hands and furniture from hot soup, chili, and oatmeal with a soup bowl cozy that’s as cute as it is functional! They’re fast and easy to make, which makes them ideal handmade gifts!

Download this project as a PDF here.

See six more uses for this fabric bowl here.

READ THIS: to see answers to commonly asked questions + tips for this project!


Materials:

  •  2–10″ squares of fabric
  • 2–10″ squares of batting (I use Pellon’s Wrap N Zap)
  • Air- or water-soluble marking pen

Note: If you plan to microwave your bowl, only use 100% cotton fabric, batting, and thread. Anything polyester or metallic with set on fire.

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Assemble the Soup Bowl Cozy:

1. Layer each square of fabric on top of a square of batting. Pin around the squares.

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2. Quilt an X through each fabric/batting square.

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3. Fold one fabric/batting square in half with batting side out. Using a marking tool, mark a dot one inch from the fold and two inches from the top. Draw a line between them.

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4. Repeat Step 3 on the bottom corner of the folded square.

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5. Sew along both drawn lines. Trim seam allowance to 1/8″ to prevent bulk.

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6. Fold the fabric/batting square in half in the opposite direction, and mark the fold edge one inch from the fold and two inches from the top and bottom. Draw a line between them.

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7. Sew along both drawn lines. Trim seam allowance to 1/8″ to prevent bulk.

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8. Open the square. It should sit up like a bowl.

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9. Repeat steps 3-8 with second fabric/batting square to make a second bowl shape.

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10. Turn one bowl shape right side out.

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11. Layer both bowl shapes with right sides together, making sure to align corners and side seam lines.

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12. Sew around the edges of the layered bowl shapes with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Leave a 3″ opening along one side for turning.

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13. Turn the bowl right side out through the opening. Push out corners.

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14. Topstitch around the edge of the bowl, turning the opening in for a 1/4″ seam when you get to it to close.


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I made 10 of these bowls for co-workers in one night! They’re such an easy project and make great gifts! I paired my bowls with a soup mix and a cute printable gift tag.

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It’s so fun to choose fabrics for this project! Since the bowls are reversible, it’s important that the fabrics coordinate.

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I’ll be enjoying warm soups and chili all winter! The bowl is perfect for reheating soups in the microwave (it’s microwave safe!), and for protecting hands when the chili is hot out of the slow cooker.

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Thanks for joining me for “happy hour,”

Lindsay


If you make this pattern, I’d love to see it! Post it on my Facebook page or tag me on Instagram!

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269 Comments

  1. If you were making a smaller cozy, say to fit a ramekin, what would the measurements be to make the darts. Would it still be 1 inch down, but what across?

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    1. Maybe you could make your own template with cardboard or a thick paper of some sort. That’s probably what I would do.

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    2. You can buy a 10 inch template on eBay, but be careful, most are 9 1/2 or 10 1/2, if that choice I would go with 10 1/2. I had my husband go to his shop and cut me a 10 inch square. Works perfectly

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  2. Has anyone used flannel as one of the fabrics? I have tons from quilt backs but wondering if they’d be safe for this. Thank you. By the way, LOVE the tutorial.. so easy to follow!

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  3. I am just starting to make these and am not very good figuring out how much material I would need. I would like to make them 2 different colours so I would like to get 2 squares of one colour and 2 of another. How mich material would I need of each? I don’t want to have a lot of excess or a bunch of all the same cozies.

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    1. I have been buying “fat quarters” Heather. You can get two 10 inch squares out of each one. There is material left for another use or to make smaller ones. So buy two fat quarters of coordinating materials and you will have enough for two cozies that coordinate. You can make each of them out of the same fabric or make them one side of each material. Good luck!

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      1. Thank you! I have looked at the fat quarters but thought they would be too small. What is the size of them?

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      2. They are 18″x22″. So cut your 10-inch squares from the 22 inches direction. I have found that at times when I trim them and even them up that it can get it down to a smaller size but usually your safe with the two inches extra on the 22-inch length. Some fat quarters I recently purchased had the selvage edge on it which caused more fabric to have to be trimmed away so just be sure you look and measure BEFORE you cut. Good Luck!

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  4. I made 7 100% cotton cozys and 1 actually burned in the microwave. I can’t figure out why! Bought Wrap and Zap from Jo Ann’s and supposedly ALL cotton fabric from Jo Ann’s. Also used Gutermann’s 100% cotton thread. Did anyone experience this?

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    1. How long was it in the microwave? We’ve used ours multiple times but it’s always as a reheat so only 3-5 minutes tops. So far no issues.

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      1. We are now really thinking there is something wrong with the microwave. It was only in there maybe at the most 2 minutes. Sometimes the glass turn table stops turning. Maybe that is an indication that there is something going wrong with the microwave. I will continue to make these cozy’s. So many people have been making these for years and I haven’t read anything negative. I LOVE making these…all sizes!!

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    2. I use joanns fabric all the time and i use the cotton batting from walmart and i have also used joanns batting but i only buy the “warm and natural” try that and the bowl koozies shouldnt be leff in microwave for more than 5 mins at a time.

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      1. Thanks for the comments. Here is a project I am going to do as soon as I get a few other things done. I will use the same method of making these koozies but adjust size so they will be large enough to fold down the corners and secure fold downs with anything decorative (buttons, bows, etc.). Then I will put in them my cleaned out Bath and Body Works candle jars to hold anything from cosmetic brushes to cotton balls. Can’t wait to do that fun project. Will make great gifts!!

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      2. Batting cannot contain scrim. Scrim is a polyester webbing that helps to keep the cotton from moving around. Quilters like it when doing the actual “quilting”. Make sure your batting does not contain this! Also, count your pins. If you’ve done everything right and it burns it could be because of this!

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  5. I am NOT a person who sews much. However, I made one of these in about an hour and it turned out really nice. Thank YOU so much for such an easy, fun, useful project that was very easy to follow. I’m excited to use mine tomorrow for my daily lunch of soup!

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  6. Thank you for making this available as a pdf! I like to print out projects to work on later and copying and pasting to Word doesn’t always result in a very pretty print-out. 🙂

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    1. Could I make a bound version putting batting sides together and binding edges, rather than turn inside out and topstitching?

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  7. I have made numerous of the 10″ cozy and they work great. I did cut the batting a bit shorter and that makes it easier to maneuver through my machine. I made the 15″ and it actually fits a dinner plate nicely, however, I want the sides to go up a bit further because it wouldn’t spin in the mw after a bit (because of heat?) . I am dimension challenged…which of the dart measurements would I increase…the 1″ or 3″ to make the sides go up a a bit higher? Guess I can just experiment. Love the pattern!

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  8. Great idea, pattern. My daughter made some and her kids were thrilled. I’ll try to make some, I hope that they turn out as well as yours and my daughter’s. Xx

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  9. I am making these for my coworkers for Christmas. (14 of them!!) got the measurements backwards for the part you trim off on one of them… it is hilariously bad. two inches on the fold. TWO INCHES ON THE FOLD! 😉 I wish i could post a pic!

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  10. I ran across some of these while on a trip, but didn’t buy because I figured they would be easy to make. Your pattern gave me a great starting point – Thank you! I’ve made a few changes – like finishing the edges with binding tape and actually have done some with only one layer of batting, but may be using batting a little thicker than what you use. Seems to work fine for us, so far! Anyway, thanks so much for posting this. A great help to those of who want to try something but don’t know where to start.

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  11. This tutorial is far clearer than others I’ve tried! Best details! Is there a way to save/print directions? Thank you so much for this tutorial!

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  12. I want to make these for co workers for Christmas. But I want to make these for smaller bowls. I think I will buy the bowl. What size bowl does your pattern fit? Would you sew the corners the same? Or do I have to adjust

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    1. This bowl cozy perfectly fits a 6″-diameter bowl with a little room to spare. You can make this bowl in different sizes by simply changing the size fabric and batting squares you start with, as well as the dart measurements (step 3 in the pattern).

      9″ squares; put darts 1″ across and 2″ down (snuggly fits 6″-diameter bowl)
      12″ squares; put darts 1″ across and 2.5″ down (8″ bowls)
      15″ squares; put darts 1″ across and 3″ down (12″ bowls)

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  13. I just finished making several of these…the first couple I used 100% cotton warm & natural then bought what the pattern recommended, the wrap n zap, and those came out way too bulky and don’t “sit” as nice so will go back to the using the warm & natural. I like the pattern, though, and very good tutorial. Thank you!

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      1. Warm and natural isn’t…but the same company now has Warm 100 which IS 100% cotton…at least a Joann’s though, the warm 100 was more expensive than the wrap n zap.

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  14. I love these and have tried to make them (not this pattern) and machine has a hard time sewing over where 2 seams meet. Any suggestions? I’d love to make some for Christmas.

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    1. If your machine is having trouble sewing through all the layers in this project, you have a few options to help! You can cut the batting squares at 9.5″ square and center them on the fabric 10″ squares before sewing. This will eliminate extra batting bulk in the seam allowance. You can trim the seam allowance to 1/8″ before turning and topstitching to eliminate bulk in the seam allowance. You can also try sewing with a walking foot to more easily glide over the layers when sewing.

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      1. You can often find used sewing machines for free on buy sell trade sites or at rummage sales. Most of the older machines are heavy duty compared to the newer machines.

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      2. I tried this with both a walking foot and a standard presser foot. I wish I had cut the batting smaller…alas I didn’t and had followed the pattern. I’ve broken three needles (universal 90/14) and bent another trying to go through all the layers. I’ve got a Singer Heavy Duty machine. Broke the last needle despite advancing the needle by hand as I went over the darts. And the broken needles created issues with my thread nesting also, which I eventually was able to fix. I’m a novice, but I’ve never had issues like this. I used the wrap n zap batting. I pre-washed it like the package directed, and it seemed to cause the thickness of the batting to vary (normal in some areas, almost double thickness in others); I wonder if this also made it more difficult to get through the layers. I’m almost at my wit’s end as I’ve finished 2.5 out of 4 of the cozies I planned on making. Have to go to the fabric store tomorrow to buy more needles!

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      3. I know I’ve had the same issues. I went to warm and natural cut the batting down to 9.5 inches and trimmed the best I could then held my breath as I sewed the rest. Seems to work.

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    2. I use a denim needle and I fold the seams 1 to each side. Slow stitching through the seams. l I have made over 500 and no problem.

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  15. I have material and batting, but I don’t know if they are 100 per cent cotton. Is there a test I can do to find out?

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      1. Use Pellon  Wrap-and- zap cotton Batting. Recommended for microwave. Available at Jo-Anne fabrics.

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      2. Yes there is a test…take a small piece of fabric..or batting…hold with tweezers over a fire safe plate..light with fire…cotton will turn to ashes …polyester and blends the ashes will feel like plastic…been doing this for years.

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    1. I googled to find out if my fabric was 100% cotton. It said to cut off a small piece (I cut a finger length) and placed it in a bowl in the sink, and lit a match and burned it. If it smells like burning paper, it is 100% cotton, if it smells like chemicals or anything else, it is not 100% cotton. Easy peasy!

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    2. To test for natural fabrics such as cotton, silk, wool, snip a small piece and burn it in a bowl or ashtray. All natural will totally burn and remaining burned residue will be soft or nearly gone. Other content such as polyester will have a hard feeling residue.Blends will also have a small amount of hard residue.

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      1. I buy 1/3 yard (12 inches ). Will make 4 10” squares be sure batting has no scrum. I use wrap and zap. I made some microwave potato bags and had a couple say they Caught on fire using warm and natural.

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      1. Dumb question but how do you sew an X from corner to corner without something to guide you so it’s not crooked. Thank you.

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    1. To increase a temperature barrier between the food container and your hands. Or belly if your sitting in a lazy boy recliner watching TV!

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  16. Love it! Can you tell me what brand of batting you use? I’m pretty new to sewing and after searching all over, I can’t seem to find a recommendation.

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    1. I’ve made around 750 of these already… I buy all of my batting at Joann’s when they have 60% off I get at least 5 yards of batting by the yard. Just make sure it is all cotton there is several kinds by the yard If in doubt ASK. you don’t want them to catch on fire in the microwave. I make all of mine 11 inches. They make a better cozy.

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      1. There’s nothing wrong to use polyester fabrics and threads. Most clothing are a blend of two. The microwave potato cooking bags are made entirely of polyester fabrics, thus perfectly safe to use. I make my bowl coozies from cotton, cotton polyester blends and straight polyester fabrics. I’ve never had a single complaint. I also give them away to people I’ve met, great way to start a friendship!

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    1. I made them 12 in and they fir larger bowls…also 15 inch..12″ make dart 2.5″ down and 15″ make dart 3″ down… still use 1″ across top…

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  17. Thank you for the pattern. My friend mades some of these, really cute and they work well. I am going to make some and give for Christmas gifts.

    Thanks again.

    Valena Bell

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  18. Thank you for this great pattern!! I’ve made 19 so far. I love this bowl cozy. They are also good to use with cold items too. Like ice cream or cereal in the morning while watching TV.

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  19. Thank you for sharing your pattern. I have been out of work and I was able to work from my craft room and make these for my family. They were a big hit! It was great to be able to do Christmas without having to spend any money. You put the “Merry” in it for me this year!

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