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    I have been wanting to make the baked potato bags for the microwave. Does anyone know an easy way to explain how to make them to me?

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    Quote Originally Posted by boopeterson
    I have been wanting to make the baked potato bags for the microwave. Does anyone know an easy way to explain how to make them to me?
    I use this one it works great!
    http://web.archive.org/web/20071202190308/http://www.atimetostitch.com/potato_bags.htm

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    First link would not take me there, second link did, but would not show aby of the pictures? Any advice?

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    Ok try this link

    http://tipnut.com/make-your-own-potato-baker-bags/

    Go down to where it says:

    "Free pattern/tutorial to make your own potato bags found on the web archive here: Potato Baker Bags"

    click on the Potato baker bags

    that worked for me

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    Just pulled it up. If you click on the freebies there is a disclaimer to not use the bags as they might be a fire hazard.

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    Maybe this is a silly question - why do you need a bag? I just put the potatoes in there on a paper towel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by karielt
    Quote Originally Posted by boopeterson
    I have been wanting to make the baked potato bags for the microwave. Does anyone know an easy way to explain how to make them to me?
    I use this one it works great!
    http://web.archive.org/web/20071202190308/http://www.atimetostitch.com/potato_bags.htm
    It is on this site.

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    The only time I put material items in the microwave is to warm my corn bag for aches & pains. That is not over 3 minutes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marjpf
    Maybe this is a silly question - why do you need a bag? I just put the potatoes in there on a paper towel.
    I usually put them in the oven but wanted to try the microwave bag, but am to cheap to buy one when I can make one.

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    If you make one, make sure you don't use fabric with the shiny gold or silver on it. They will catch fire for sure. But I have two that I made -- one for baked potatoes and one for warming tortillas. They work great as long as you are very careful that they do not touch the sides of the microwave or that you don't cook in them for longer than 4 1/2 minutes at a time. If baking potatoes, you can stop after 4 1/2 minutes, let it rest for 30 seconds or so and then start the microwave again. It only takes about 30-45 seconds to warm tortillas -- no more frying them ever.

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    Never in a million years would I have ever thought of one of those bags. I just put mine in a bowl with a little water cover it and nuke it. Or if I am making a roast chicken or something that takes a while in the oven them I do it the old fashioned way.... wash, poke out the eyes and wrap in foil.

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    Thanks for sharing the website. I want to make some of these for Christmas this year.

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    Just had a lady bring hers to our Guild meeting tonight. It burned the whole corner out. I mean blackened fabric/blackened batting. She didn't know how long her husband put it in the microwave for. But the warning on the 2nd webpage said no more than 4 1/2 minutes at a time. It WAS cotton fabric and cotton batting. It burned from the outside in. Very concerning.

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    http://web.archive.org/web/20071202190308/http://www.atimetostitch.com/potato_bags.htm

    I googled and found this one.

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    Wet a paper towel and wrap it around each potato and then put it in the microwave bag and it shouldn't burn.

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    Have any of you made the bean or rice bags. They are for heat. Just make a sleave type bag. Turn right side out and add your beans or rice. I use beans. About 2 cups. Then sew the end closed. You put it in the Microwave and nuke for about 2 to 3 minutes. When you take it out it will be very hot. use hot pads or another towel. Then put it where you need it. I have had both knees replaced. This really helps on these cold and rainy days. Makes a nice gift also.
    Dee Dee

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeeDee1946
    Have any of you made the bean or rice bags. They are for heat. Just make a sleave type bag. Turn right side out and add your beans or rice. I use beans. About 2 cups. Then sew the end closed. You put it in the Microwave and nuke for about 2 to 3 minutes. When you take it out it will be very hot. use hot pads or another towel. Then put it where you need it. I have had both knees replaced. This really helps on these cold and rainy days. Makes a nice gift also.
    Dee Dee
    I have made small rice bags for grandsons for earaches. On the big ones I use deer corn if the boys don't steal it all.

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    Several of the ladies in my quilting group had problems with potato bags. Important to use all cotton fabric, batting and thread. I absolutely love sweet potatoes cooked in it. No more mushy orange mess, just cooked and wonderful!

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    We made some for our church sale, they work great.

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    I've made and sold hundreds of these bags ( Nancy's Crafts in Nebraska ) and only if your microwave is extreme voltage OR you use poly filling rather than all natural, is it a fire hazard. You have to use 100% cotton throughout. Naturally you have to keep it soil free on the outside as well as inside and the potatoes need to be damp as well as the paper towels. Can't let them dry out. They work great! I've used one for 4 years now and no problem.

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    We checked her bag when she brought the remains in. It caught fire on the sewn corner. It had all cotton outside, all cotton batting, all cotton thread, and all cotton muslin inside. Did not know about the damp paper towel but since it was a gift to her and had instructions with it from the maker, I'm thinking she did that.

    I will find out at next guild meeting. I really wanted to make some for my family for Christmas 2010, we'll see.
    Thanks for the information.
    Sharon

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    I love the microwave potato bag. And second the motion everything needs to be 100% cotton and use a wet paper towel. Nice gifts!

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    Quote Originally Posted by karielt
    Quote Originally Posted by boopeterson
    I have been wanting to make the baked potato bags for the microwave. Does anyone know an easy way to explain how to make them to me?
    I use this one it works great!
    http://web.archive.org/web/20071202190308/http://www.atimetostitch.com/potato_bags.htm
    the first link does not work the second one does but no pictures for us visual learners.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grammyjo
    Several of the ladies in my quilting group had problems with potato bags. Important to use all cotton fabric, batting and thread. I absolutely love sweet potatoes cooked in it. No more mushy orange mess, just cooked and wonderful!
    I have one but never used it what do I do?

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    A friend gave me one of these for Christmas. I love it. Wonder how I did without all these years. A marvelous invention.

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