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Thread: Microwave Fabric Bowls

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    Hi Everyone,
    Well here I go, so I hope this tute works.
    Please forgive me if the pic's are not perfect. This is my first time doing a tutorial.
    First of all I would like to say It is a MUST that you use 100% Cotten batting.( I used warm and Natural).
    There are three sizes you can cut your fabric squares in:
    1) !4" for round casserole dish
    2) 12" for a medium casserole dish or larger bowl
    3) 10"for a typical cereal bowl size.
    Grab one of your bowls from the cupboard that you usually like to use for RE-HEATING and take it into your sewing room before you begin.
    I am making mine in a 12" square because that is the size that seems to fit most of my bowls.

    Cut 2-12 pieces of coordinating fabric and 2)-11-1/2 pieces of 100% cotten batting
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    Place your batting on top of the WRONG side of each square, pin and quilt each piece as desired. You can use a thin backing piece, but it will add bulk when you have to sew the two together.
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    I just did a quick stipple on each square.
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    Now, on the batting side, mark a line down the center from top to bottom and from side to side on each square of your quilted
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    take the bottom of your bowl and draw a circle in the center with a sharpi
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    Now you fold the fabric in half and sew your darts in , open it up and fold the other way and sew in 2 more darts until you have a total of 4 darts (tucks) I took my darts in about 1/2 inch which would be one total.
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    other side of sewing the darts
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    All 4 darts Do the same with the other sandwich and place right sides together.
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    Here is a pic of just one section of the bowl opened up... Can you start to see how it is shaping up after you have sewn in the tucks (dart's)?
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    Pin RIGHT sides together and be sure your tucks are in opposite directions to avoid the bulk. I pinned each tuck and also on all 4 corners. I forgot to add that you need to make a 3-1/2 opening so you can turn it right side out after sewing all around the edges.
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    Sew all around your edges leaving a 3-1/2 opening and be sure to backstitch on each side of the opening to reinforce your stitches. I sewed with a 1/2 seam all around. Now trim up to 1/4 of the stitching line.
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    Turn right side out through the opening making sure to push out all corners. fold in the opening and pin the opening. Take it back to your machine and TOP stitch all the way around being sure to catch the opening closed. This can be a little tricky because of the bulk, so don't accelerate too fast on that foot pedal. I found that useing my walking foot really helped to keep the fabric pushed down.
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    Here it is with the bowl inside of it (minus the soup) but I hope you get the right idea. If you noticed, the pic before this one was green and this one is little holly leaves. That is because you can reverse these either way. Don't forget, these are washable too and you can take the fabric bowl with the bowl inside right to your table without damaging the surface. I just want you to know , as with anything you use in the microwave ...CAUTION must be first especially with hot items. I have used mine for 2 weeks now and have not had any problems.Hope this help's for you to get a general Idea how to make your own. Have FUN!
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    Thanks!!!!

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    Thanks!!!! My husband will love them for his soup bowls.

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    I nominate you for tute of the year! Good instructions and pics. Easy to understand. Thanks for sharing and all your hard work!

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    Thanks, I think I will make some for door prizes at the Christmas party for work.

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    Thank you, I can actually follow your tutorial. Denise

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    Great idea! Thanks for the easy to follow tute!

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    Thanks for getting the creative juices flowing!

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    Wow, that's a great tute! Thanks so much :)

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    What a great idea and a great tutorial. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Babe
    Thanks for getting the creative juices flowing!
    Thankyou... Just wanted you all to know that I did not originate this idea. I looked at one that was given to my girlfriend as a gift from someone a long time ago and I figured out my own way of making one myself!!!! I don't want to step on any toes if any one of you have done this yourself. ;) ;) ;)

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    Cute idea

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    Thank you soooooo much for this tutorial. I think these will make great presents!!!

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    Thank You so much for the tutorial I am going to try this tomorrow GREAT INSTRUCTIONS

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    Great tutee! Gotta make some now! Thank you sooooo much!

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    Thanks for sharing. This is a great tute and think of all the fingers/hands that will not get burnt AND the additional brightness to many a table!

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    Thank you so much. Will definitely help with oatmeal bowl.

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    Thanks so much!! Great tute. Can't wait to make one or several. Good gift idea.

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    Adding my thanks for such a great tutorial. I think even *I* can make these :-)

    Nancy

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    What a clever idea, and it looks so cute. Nice alternative to a placemat and really handy for eating away from the table.

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    This is just HANDS DOWN wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!
    Hats off to you!!!!
    Many Thanks for the tut!!!
    I've never seen this before???????
    My hands Thank You!!!!!

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    Thank you Thank you Thank you for the tutorial, you did a great job!

    We all thank you! Hugs Hugs Hugs
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    Thanks for a great tutorial. Seems very easy to follow.Looking at picture yesterday I wondered how you shaped it, now I understand. Can't wait to try.

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    Great tut. I was putting extra dart in that maybe I don't need to do that. I will finish the one I am doing and see....you are not stepping on anyone's toes..we all love a good tut.....

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    Love the bowl ! Is this used after you get something out of the microwave or do you use it in the microwave? Thanks for the tut, very well done......Michele

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