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Just like Grandma (or Great-Grandma) used daily, SAVE $ and be ‘Green’ by using act RE-Using these Fabric Bowl Covers instead of plastic or foil.  When they get dirty just throw into the wash (or wipe off  if you fuse vinyl to the fabric).  

This is a great Beginning Sewing Project and makes a super Gift!

bowl covers
The aqua/lime bowl cover has been ‘vinyl-ized’ using Therm-O-Web Iron On Vinyl. Follow the directions given with that product to transform the outside – and maybe even the INSIDE as well so that you could just wipe your cover clean.  

Just fuse the Vinyl to the fabric circles after they have been cut.


Bowl size: measure diameter (across the top from side to side) = ___”

measure circumference (around the top of the bowl) = ___”

Gee – what a good reinforcement of how we DO use math in sewing!

Fabric: You will need fabric equal to the bowl diameter + 5”

Single Fold Bias Tape – just get a package in a neutral color, like grey

1/4” elastic – I found that 6” less than the bowl circumference worked great

Tissue Paper – for making pattern

2 large safety pins


Cut Pattern & Fabric

  1. Measure across the top of the bowl to determine the DIAMETER. If it is a bit less than a ‘common’ measurement to 1/4:, just go up to the next 1/4” mark. Record that Here: ____”   Example: 6”
  2. Add 4” to your DIAMETER measurement. Diameter ___” + 4” = ____.         Example: 6” + 4” = 10”
  3. Find the RADIUS by dividing your answer in Step 2 by 2.     Example: 10” divided by 2 = 5”
  4. Fold a large piece of Tissue Paper into quarters and mark the RADIUS out from the point of the folds as shown. Cut along the arc drawn.cut circle
  1. Open up your full circle pattern. Use this pattern from which to cut the fabric. One layer of fabric is all that is needed for a bowl cover.

Stitching Directions

  1. Lay right side (RS) of opened up Single Fold Bias Tape on the outer edge of the RS of the fabric circle. Turn in the very end of the Bias Tape as shown.turn back bias to start
  2. Aligning the edge of the Bias Tape with the cut edge of the circle fabric, slowly stitch around the diameter IN THE FOLD of the Bias Tape as shown. stitching in the fold


3.  When you get back to about 1” from where you started, cut the Bias Tape, allowing the distance yet to be stitched plus 1/2” extra to fold back just as you did to start.

turn back at end

4.  Finger press the Bias Tape to the WRONG SIDE (WS) of the fabric, rolling the very edge of the fabric to the inside so you see just a bit of it on the inside, and no bias tape peeks on the outside. Let the other fold of the Bias Tape fold under, and stitch right along the edge.

stitch inner edge of bias tape

5. Calculate the CIRCUMFERENCE of the bowl. For my bowl with a 6” diameter:

Circumference = Pi (3.24) times the diameter (6”) = 18.84” . Let’s just say 18.75 to make this simple.

circumference math


Cut Elastic 6” less than the Circumference. So for my bowl: 18.75” – 6 = 12.75” long for my elastic.

6.  Attach a large safety pin to BOTH ends of the elastic. (This way, you can’t ‘lose’ the end of the elastic if you pull it through the channel too far). Scootch (or feed) one of the safety pins in through the bias tape CASING you have created. Keep feeding the safety pin through the casing until it exits out where you started. elastic at both ends

7.  Pull both ends of elastic out quite a bit so that you can lap and stitch them together securely.

joining elastic ends

8.  Pull on the elastic and fabric to distribute the fabric evenly on the elastic.


SMILE… You are DONE!!!

copyright 2018 Londa J. Rohlfing

Londa’s Sunroom Sewing Studio


Feel free to use these directions for your personal use or gifts.

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