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    bowl cozies

    I'm not sure this belongs here but i'm hoping someone can help. i want to make some bowl cozies out of 1 piece of flannel and 1 piece of regular fabric with no batting in the center. will that work ok? It seems like the flannel would be heavy enough and keep your hands from getting too hot. i'm hoping someone here has tried it or has some advise on it!! Thank you!

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    Bowl cozies are nice. I would put 2 layers of flannel in my cozie, to help keep it from tearing, as well as for insulation.

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    I don't see any reason why flannel would not work. I think I would put 2 layers like trish b suggested for better insulation. We use these cozies every day of the year!

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    I don't know if all flannel is 100% cotton or not, but make sure to only use 100% cotton throughout.

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    I'd question the use of flannel unless you are using the cozy only as a "hot pad" for a dish taken from the microwave. My concern would be that the fuzzy might be more flammable?? I don't put my cozies in the microwave though so flannel might work just fine. I'd think an extra layer of flannel would give an extra layer of protection though. Maybe use 2 layers of flannel and a top layer of something that wipes off easily if a bit of a spill. Flannel is so absorbent that even a drop will soak in.

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    I also agree with not putting the cozies in the microwave. Even the ones that are 100% cotton I don't put in the microwave.
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    thank you so much for all your input, i think i'll forgo the flannel. was also think of using jean material but that may be an issue as well!!

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    Bowl buddy (cozy)

    Quote Originally Posted by tamjonw View Post
    thank you so much for all your input, i think i'll forgo the flannel. was also think of using jean material but that may be an issue as well!!
    I’ve made buckets of these I do put them in the microwave. When I gift them I include an instruction card. No more than 3-4 minutes. I like using two layers of quilt fabric and batting in between. I use wrap n Zap batting. I like the feel of the buddy with batting in between. Very durable and functional. There used to be warm tater batting but it’s not made anymore. Joanns has wrap n zap so often it’s on sale.

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    I don't put my cozies in the microwave either.

    I also have a question. When I've made the cozies my instructions say make a 1/2" dart on all four sides. That doesn't seem to be big enough. Mine don't stand up like some I've seen. They look more like hot pads. I think the dart needs to be deeper but I'm not sure what size. Would 1" be enough?
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    I use 1 1/2 inch darts on a 10 inch square.
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    I would definitely not use flannel because of the flammability. Better safe than sorry. Additionally, the bowls often times don't keep their stiff shape after being washed, even though they have the all-cotton batting in them, like Wrap & Zap. If you did it with just flannel and cotton, I don't think you would be very happy with the shape after washing. Additionally, the whole point of these is to keep the heat from burning you. Only using flannel and cotton would be not be sufficient to do the trick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by francie yuhas View Post
    I use 1 1/2 inch darts on a 10 inch square.
    Thanks, francie. My squares are 12". Would 2" be enough on those?
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    I love these but have never made them, just bought them at the local bazaar. Where can I find a good pattern/instructions for making them?
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    thebirchcottage has free microwave safe bowl cozy instructions.

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    Thanks for the link. It answered my question about the dart size.
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    A friend of mine makes and sells these as sets (literally sells hundreds of them each year!). She has tried several options and sticks with the 2 sides of cotton and the ALL COTTON thin batting. This turns and topstitches the easiest. She does include a little card with them that says for 'reheating, should not be used for more than 4 minutes in microwave'. We actually use it for a bit longer, but this is a safety margin. My kids also love them for holding their ice cream bowls! REMINDER - make sure you are getting the all cotton batting (some say cotton and when you look closely it says 90% cotton), fabric and thread. Polyester does not do well in the microwave!!!

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    Including 100% cotton thread.
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    Cozies can be put in the microwave, for, at most, 2 minutes. If you need more time to microwave whatever it is you are microwaving, let it rest for about a minute with NO microwaving and then microwave - again, no longer than 2 minutes.
    A quilt is like a good life. It's full of mistakes, but, in the end, it looks pretty good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PamelaOry View Post
    I love these but have never made them, just bought them at the local bazaar. Where can I find a good pattern/instructions for making them?
    craftsy or pinterest

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