Last Thursday’s post was about a lonely bowl that needed something more.. That more was a handy cover to keep it’s contents secure. There are Three ways to get one for yourself… 1. Win it!!! 2. Buy it, or 3. Make it!
Here is the Make It tutorial I mentioned last week.
What you need.
- large enough piece of paper to trace your bowl and add 3″, I used a paper bag.
- 2 pieces of cordinating fabric large enough for your bowl measurement.
- 1.4″ elastic long enough to to go around the outside of your bowl.
- sewing machine and matching thread.
First find the Bowl you want to cover/protect, I started off with a slightly smaller 6.5″ bowl and that way it could fit multiple sizes.
Cut two pieces of preshrunk cotton fabric using your pattern.
With right sides together sew them together using a 1/3″ seam allowance and leaving a 1.5″ opening.
Press both seams open at the 1.5″ opening and continue to press one of the seams open towards the centre of your cover… pressing now will save time later.
Pull the two pieces right side out. Press the seams flat and crisp. and make sure to repress your opening.Because you already pressed it on the inside the outside is that much easier.
From the edge of the pressed seam, sew 1/3″ seam all the way around. You have now created a case for your elastic.
Figure out where you want your elastic to sit on your bowl and measure the diameter. You want it tight but not too tight … if you use a smaller bowl and leave it a snug but still a bit loose you can use it on larger bowls too! Cut your elastic + 1/2″ for over lap. Or skip this step for now, leave your elastic much longer than you need.
Feed the Elastic through, keeping it flat and don’t pull it all the way, when you get to the end over lap the elastic and sew it together. I like to lay my elastic one over the other I think it makes it flatter, rather than pinching them together and sewing across. If you have left a long piece of elastic, measure it against the bowl where you want it to sit, pull through, over lap and cut.
Once the elastic is through take some time and evenly distribute the casing so that you have even puckering. When you are happy sew the open seam closed as close to the edge as you can. You want to avoid sewing through the elastic but it is not the end of the world if you do. I pull the elastic straight so that the two edges are flat as they go under my presser foot.
Voila You are done… pretty much what you should have is something that looks like a shower cap… It is not water resistant, but it is washable so if you do get some food on it just throw it in machine. Use it to cover your mixing bowl in between steps, to transport goodies to a potluck, or to keep bugs away at a picnic. This would be a good beginner project.
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