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. Thank you so very much for the pattern. I made these for Christmas gifts this year and they were loved by all. I am now getting requests from friends for more of them. Planning to make larger ones for my church to use. Again, thank you so very much.


  2. Thank you for this beautiful pattern! I am going to include a link to it in a roundup of cold-weather recipes on my blog, many of which are tasty soups. This is a required accessory for hot bowl dinners on the couch. 🙂


  3. I love these. The pattern is well written, and easy to follow. The only problem I have is the batting is so thick. Could it be made with just one thickness of the batting?


    1. What has always worked well for me is to cut the batting smaller than the outside fabrics – around the outside edge, sew together only the outside fabrics – I sew two rows of top-stitching, making sure to catch the batting in my top-stitching. Hope this helps.


  4. Thank you so very much for your bowl cozy pattern, it was much better/easier than other patterns I’ve seen. So far I’ve made 8, 4 for myself and 4 as gifts, and I plan on making more! Thank you! Great pattern!


  5. Thank you for the pattern I am so happy to have it, I bought some of these last summer and was going to figure it out myself but now I can just use your pattern and make them I have all the materials bought already happy person I am


  6. How about for serving bowls too? How often have you poured up your hot food and burned your hands carrying to the table? Or a bowl too hot to pass around the table? AND no need for trivets….

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  7. I knocked out 4 of these (and some batting cut for 2 more) today after this and a few similar tutorials inspired me to go and get supplies for these as a white elephant gift. Great tutorial and a neat item!


  8. Mine didn’t turn out right, it looks more like a square…it could be used for a sandwich to go with the soup.
    I’m going to try again, I had to have done something wrong, not sure what though!!


  9. I work at JoAnn’s and it true that Warm & Natural should not be used in the microwave. Wrap-N-Zap or Toasty Cotton are the best choices. We sell the Wrap-N-Zap more often, but if you are buying in bulk, the Toasty Cotton might be cheaper.


  10. Has anyone used Warm & Natural as the batting? The bag says it is 87% cotton and the rest is scrim filling. I don’t want to set anyone’s microwave on fire!


    1. I have, but since it’s not 100% Cotton, there’s still a risk of fire. So I usually heat the food and bowl up by itself and then transfer it to the bowl afterward. Or only heat the cozy up for a minute or two so it doesn’t get too hot.


      1. thank you very much for your prompt response. i was making these with Warm & Natural to donate to benefit a local art center until a clerk at Joann Fabric pointed out the error of my ways! Of course, at that point, I had about 6-8 of them made. sigh.


  11. New to sewing… haven’t really figured out the measurements on my own. If I wanted to make a smaller or larger bowl ( 6″ or 10″ bowls) would I still just the same measurements for cutting off the angles?


  12. I’m cooking chili today….and I made 2 cozies during the past 2 hours…just for the occasion. I used Pellon Wrap-N-Zap as batting. The tutorial and instructions are great! No patten needed. A bit of a squeeze, though, pushing the layers under the presser foot of the sewing machine….and I turned the wheel by hand on the doubled-up tucks, no need to break a needle mid-project. The seam allowance wasn’t enough to securely tuck under the fabric along the opening, so I closed it with slip stitches. I have a feeling, that there will be a lot more of those cozies in the near future…probably a pile as Christmas gifts… 😂


  13. Thank you so much for the pattern and the wonderful instructions I have so much fun making gifts for my friends and just in time for the holidays


  14. I made 4 tonight. I noticed that I need to back stitch the part in step 5. There isn’t a good spot to turn it out. I also cut the excess off the corners to make it more pointy. Corners are NOT the spot to turn it out.
    Directions were great! Loved the printable pdf!


  15. Thank you so much for the well written instructions and the easy to print PDF was a great time saver for me. If you measure your bowl from one lip, down across bottom and up to lip on opposite side, you will know what size to cut your squares. My 6″ diameter bowls measure 8″ from one lip, down and up to other side. 8″ squares work perfectly for them. Thanks again.


  16. Can you tell me how to get the top stich going. I seem to get all bird nests cause the bowl is to thick to get through. I’m using same products as demonstrated. Thank you.


    1. If you are getting a nest, try starting in the middle of the X. Ir you can use a scrap piece of fabric to start. I found starting at the middle worked best


    2. Have you tried using a walking foot on your machine? Thick fabric will feed through more easily.
      Also, I make these with a 12 inch square. This makes it easier to lift the bowl out of the microwave by lifting at opposite corners.


    1. Google cobalt blue bowls and there is one that has about an inch lip. Its about 8″ across the bowl. That’s what I have and they fit perfectly in them. I would say mine are a 10″ square.


  17. This is a wonderful pattern, very easy to follow your instructions. I made one tonight and have plans to make several more. Thank you!


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