Save the Planet With Reusable Fabric Bowl Covers

Skip the plastic wrap and make these cute, enviromentally-friendly fabric covers.

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Many crafters hold onto leftover materials from other projects, especially those who sew.  This can lead to a large fabric stash in no time. No more worries fabric scrap hoarders! These reusable bowl covers are the perfect project to bust your stash and they are an environmentally-friendly and cheaper way to skip the plastic wrap or aluminum foil.


Glass Bowls, Fabric, Scissors and Elsatic

Reusable Fabric Bowls Supplies

Make reusable fabric bowls covers for an environmental friendly way to cover your leftovers.

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  • scrap fabric (large enough to cover the top of the bowls plus an inch)*
  • 1/4 inch elastic
  • fabric marker (or pencil)
  • scissors
  • sewing machine and accessories (not shown)

*You should pre-wash and dry your fabric before using it in a sewing project. If not, you may risk shinkage. You can use any type of fabric for this project. Thinner cottons, fat quarters or bandanas work great.


Glass Bowl on Fabric with Ruler

Use a Glass Bowl to Measure the Fabric Bowl Cover

Use the bowl to draw a template for the fabric bowl cover.

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Place your bowl upside down on top of the fabric. It really doesn’t matter which side is facing up. Trace around the bowl with the fabric maker. Measure about 1 inch out from the rim of the bowl and draw another circle. If your bowl has a wide lip, make the hem allowance larger.


Circular Black and White Fabric

Cut Out the Template for Fabric Bowl Cover

Cut out the template for the fabric bowl covers.

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Cut out the circle. You may use pinking shears to prevent fraying. Or, use the overcast stitch around the edges to help keep the fabric from fraying. Hemming is optional, however, for a polished look, hem the edges.


Sewing Machine Food on Fabric

Sew a Hem on the Fabric Bowl Covers

Sew a 1/4 heam along the edges of the fabric bowl covers.

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If you sewed an overcast stitch or used pinking shears, turn the edge of the fabric in 1/4 inch and sew around. If you did not use the overcast stitch or pinking shears to prevent fraying, turn the edge in 1/4 inch twice and sew.

Add Elastic

Sewing Machine Foot on Fabric

Sew Elastic on Fabric Bowl Cover

Sew elastic along the hem of the fabric bowl cover.

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Line up one end of the elastic right next to the edge of the hemline. Sew the end in place (go back and forth over the area a couple of times to make sure it’s secure). Switch your stitch over to zig-zag on your machine. Pull the elastic taut while you slowly zig-zag stitch around the perimeter of the circle. As you sew, the fabric will ruffle up behind the sewing foot. When you approach the beginning of the elastic, join the elastic to the beginning with another back and forth stitch. Cut off the excess elastic. 


Fabric Covered Glass Bowl and Apple

Custom Sized Fabric Bowl Covers

You can easily make a fabric cover to fit any sized bowl.

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Make extra covers in various sizes to match each of your serving bowls. Color coordinate them to match the style of your kitchen. Reusable fabric bowl covers make fun, homemade housewarming gifts too.

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