Soup Bowl Cozy Pattern


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!


  •  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.


Assemble the Soup Bowl Cozy:

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


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


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.


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


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


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.


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


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


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


10. Turn one bowl shape right side out.


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


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.


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


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


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 from Make It Yourself magazine.


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


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.


Thanks for joining me for “happy hour,”


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



  1. 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.


    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.


  2. 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?


      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.


    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!


  3. 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.


    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.


      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!


    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…


  4. 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


  5. 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.


  6. 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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