Thursday, July 1, 2010

Reusable Bowl Cover Tutorial & Giveaway

I finally got around to making the reusable pan cover I posted about earlier, but unfortunately, my camera batteries were dead so I didn't get to take any pictures. Tonight, however, I made a reusable bowl cover, and everything was in perfect working order. This is what I made:

You'll need:

fabric - fat quarters work nicely
nylon ripstop
coordinating thread
scissors, measuring tape, sewing machine, etc, etc.

Start by placing your bowl face down on your fabric. Measure out three inches in all directions, marking a large circle.

Cut out the circle, and repeat with the ripstop, using your fabric circle as a template.

Pin fabric and ripstop, right sides facing.

Sew along edges, using a 1/4" seam allowance. Leave an opening about three inches wide. Trim extra fabric.

Turn inside out. Fold the fabric and ripstop in at the opening. Press the seam and the fabric at the opening. Do not iron directly on the ripstop, and do not leave the iron long on any one spot - the ripstop will melt.

I wanted a nice little ruffle at the bottom, so I sewed a second circle. I just guestimated where to sew, this distance from the edge worked well for me:

Leave another three inches open, lined up with the first opening.

Sew a third circle, creating a channel for the elastic somewhere around 3/4" wide. Do not leave an opening, make this circle complete.

Thread your elastic through, testing how much you'll need on your bowl before you sew or tie the ends of the elastic. Sew the opening closed, and there you have it. A reusable replacement for all that tin foil and plastic wrap. You can wipe down the ripstop after each use, and if it gets really messy, throw it in the wash.

I plan on giving these to family members as Christmas gifts (after I make a few more for myself, of course), and maybe sell them on Etsy. In the meantime, if you leave a comment, you can get the reusable bowl cover pictured above for free! The winner will be picked and notified on Sunday, July 4th.


  1. Oh yay, Rachel! I am the first to comment. I just found your blog - I was looking for some WW info (I was very successful years ago but had some stressful years over the past 5 and put back on a lot of weight) Anyway, your blog is fun to read so I'll be a regular. Thanks so much!!
    Kathy in California

  2. I'm not very experienced with sewing, but I'm going to try this! Thanks so much for posting the tutorial!

  3. This is a great idea, thanks for the tutorial! I don't have any ripstop, though, so I would love to win yours! Good luck with this new blog; it looks great! I would love for you to visit Sewing and Growing, if you get the chance. Have a fabulous day!

  4. Thanks for sharing this, I was just thinking I should make some of these!