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. If I don’t intend to use this in the microwave I can use the polyester, correct? I would just be using it more as a hot pad to put the bowl inside after heating.


  2. I love bowl cozies and I love those fabrics! I intend to make casserole cozies, too, for kind friends who cooked for me while I recovered from surgery. For travel; not for cooking in! Their casseroles were a godsend. I will make matching bowl cozies. Yours are the prettiest I have seen. Scraps become charger cord wraps with colored Kam snaps.


  3. Thanks so much for sharing the pattern—– our sewing group is making the soup bowl cozy for table favors up and coming sewing guild annual event. question can you tell what the difference is between 100% cotton batting and brand name such Warm and Zap, which is also 100% cotton, but pkg says microwable? Thanks Julia Rosato


    1. Hi Julia! What a fun table favor idea! Both battings are totally fine to microwave! Sometimes it can be hard to tell whether the batting is treated with chemicals or not, so Warm and Zap is just making it as easy as possible for its consumers to know you can microwave it!


  4. Thanks so much for the directions, love these! The second one I made on the binding I totally cut the dart out and just laid the “V” side by side and zig zagged it together. Kind of like mending it together. I pressed the dart flat and stitched both pieces together. A lot less bulk! I just have a regular type sewing machine. Hope you try it and see what you think….

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    1. I love your idea but can’t quite picture it. Could you say this a different way? Sorry to be so dense but I like the less bulk!


  5. I had a tough time with stitching along the top. I brought two needles. I now have trimmed my batting down 1/4 and it works perfect. No more broken needles.


    1. I make these in 3 different sizes, and always cut my batting an inch smaller than the fabric. Don’t sew the batting when you’re sewing the two pieces together, only sew the two pieces of fabric. I then sew two rows of top-stitching, being sure to catch the batting there – reduces the bulk around the edge where you are top-stitching.


    2. I have made over 250 of these over the past 3 years and I cut my batting 1/2″ smaller so that it doesn’t end up in the seam allowance. Easier to turn and top stitch so it makes for a much neater finished product. My pattern is 10 1/2″ squares of fabric and 10″ batting. Slightly different technique but same great finished item. My friends and family LOVE them.


  6. Thank you for the tutorial! I’m going to make several for my husband and myself. My husband’s hands get so cold when eating and he will love these for bowls of ice cream!


  7. I have made about 20 sets of these for family and friends. Love them! To save time I made a plastic 1″ by 2″ angle template from plastic so I didn’t have to measure the “dart” every time. Worked great! You can use a plastic lid (like from a cottage cheese container) to make the template.


      1. I use quilted fabric that counts as 1 fabric and 1 batting with the other layer being fabric with batting sewn on. Not only for hot bowls but perfect for that bowl of ice cream and your hand won’t get cold.


    1. I’ve had made so many of these – what you need to know – as suggested above- 100% cotton or wool -batting – -HOWEVER some cotton or wool batting still has SRIM on it – a fine plastic /synthetic coating – –which does catch fire . !! Pls read label on batting before purchasing … it must by law be written on the label


  8. This is wonderful. No more burned fingers when my husband and I want to watch something on the TV while eating. Thank you so much for the pattern and tutorial.


  9. Hi Lindsay, Thanks for this great tutorial! I’ve used this to make a couple of bowl cozys and some casserole ones. I tagged the images on Instagram & I can be found under purple_tinkerer.


  10. I tried making these bowls over the weekend and I am doing something wrong. When I flip the bowl inside out to do the 1/4 in topstitch, the material and seams seem to be too thick to sew to get them to turn out like yours. I even switched to using a heavy duty denim/ leather sewing machine needle. I am not sure what I am doing wrong. Please help!


      1. Cut your batting a little smaller than fabric. It doesn’t have to come to the edge. That eliminates a lot of bulk. I also trim My seams before turning. Topstitching is then easier.


  11. Love the pattern and have tried it with 5 different fabrics and they have all smoldered in the microwave 😕 everything is 100% cotton so not sure what the issue is….


    1. You’re using 100% cotton fabric, batting, and thread? And your fabrics don’t have any metallics or coating? Even with everything being 100% cotton, you don’t want to cook it for longer than a few minutes, since microwaves (especially ones set on high) can get very hot.


      1. Yes 100% cotton. I put it in for 2 min just to test it out before i gave them out as gifts and the fabric started to scorch. Thanks though!


      2. I accidentally used a fabric with gold threads in it! It sparked in the microwave so I now use it to hold stuff on my sewing table!


    2. I saw this and was wondering if you wash your fabric first….fabric comes treated with a flammable chemical. Just a thought 😉


  12. What an awsome idea. I always had a corner of a hot pad in my soup trying to take it out of the microwane. Not any more, I’ve made several in different sizes already. Your directions are exact, thank you.


  13. Thanks so much love it! Just wondering h about the fabrics you used they are great! Could you give us the names of the please. Thanks Regina


  14. I am super impressed with ya’ll’s take on this pattern! NO PATTERN NEEDED is a big YAHOO! Love your photo tutorial. Super easy for a newbie or even a non-sewer with determination. LOVE IT!!! (BTW, I am an accomplished sewer but am always looking for easy patterns for my daughter who lacks confidence :D)….


  15. Loved the microwave bowls. I cut out all kinds but I’m a little slow. .lol.

    Wanted to know what size dart for 12 ?inch bowl?

    Your tutorial is the best!!! Thank you.


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  16. Thanks for the pattern and directions. Bought one of these at a craft show in the fall but have been looking for the pattern to make my own.


  17. These look great. Should the fabric be washed and dried first? I’m guessing they can be machine washed as needed. Thanks for sharing!


  18. Hi Lindsay, I am recommtting to sewing, so I am looking for simpler patterns like these to warm up for winter! (Pahaa, double puns not actually intended!) My only hiccup is Quilting the x…not sure how to do that….thx!!!!


  19. It’s important to note that this is only microwave safe IF all the materials used are 100% cotton—fabric, batting, and thread. Any polyester will catch fire in a microwave.

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  20. Your instructions are the best I’ve seen. I made there for my grandkids school “Mothers Day” stall then all the teachers wanted one. I made them in Aussie Rules team colours for the family.


  21. I may be confused, but it looks like it should be 2 inches from the fold and 1 inch from the top. I think the instructions say 1 inch from the fold and 2 inches from the top.


    1. If you go more than 1 inch in your opening will be smaller and won’t hold as many different size bowls. I tried this from her directions and it makes great microwave hot bowl pads.


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