This DIY bowl cover has so many uses. I made this one to cover my mixer bowl. It will be perfect for when I need to cover yeast dough while it rises, or keep frosting from drying out. It is also good for any kind of mixing or storage bowl. Want to cover a bowl of cherries or grapes in the fridge and keep them easily accessible? Eating outdoors and want to protect your chips or salad from the flies? This bowl cover is so versatile. It has many practical uses, plus it saves you from having to use cling wrap again and again on a dish you will keep getting in to. It’s easy to make too. Try it out!
- Fabric of your choice (size depending on the size of the bowl you want to cover – I bought 3/8 of a yard for this project)
- 1/4 inch elastic
- rotary cutter (optional)
- cutting mat (optional)
- sewing pins
- sewing machine
Place your fabric right-side-down on a flat surface. I laid mine out on my cutting mat. Use a ruler to mark 1.5 inches from the rim of the bowl. Continue marking around the whole bowl. If you don’t have a ruler on hand, hold the pen cap against the rim of the bowl and mark at the tip of the pen cap. It will be close enough to 1.5 inches. Use the rotary cutter to cut along the marked line, then pull away the excess fabric. It’s so easy with a rotary cutter and mat!
If you don’t have a rotary cutter and mat, you can always use your trusty scissors. The great thing about this project is nothing has to be PERFECT for it to turn out well. If the circle is a little off, there would be no way to tell in the end.
Now it’s time to set up and thread your sewing machine. Set it to the medium sized zig-zag setting. See that oval in the machine’s foot that the needle goes down through? You want to align the edge of the fabric with the edge of that oval. It does not need to align with the edge of the foot. We want it fairly close to the needle opening because we are doing a mock surged edge. The thread will automatically wrap over the side of the fabric of you keep it that close.
To attach the elastic to the fabric, start by pinning the elastic to the under-side of the fabric. It should fit right beside the sewn edge, not over it, so make sure you can see that sewn edge peeking out. With the first pin in place, fold the circle in half so you can identify the other “half-way” point on the other side of the circle. Fold the elastic in half and pin the middle of it to the other side of the circle. This just helps you have a reference point as you work. It will be much easier to identify if you are on track stretching your elastic if you know where half-way is.
Start sewing keeping the machine on a zig-zag setting. Zig-zag is the preferred stitch for fabric that needs to stretch. Notice in the 4th square in the picture above how I have my hands placed. I used my left hand to keep the fabric feeding through properly, thumb in front, fingers in back. I used my other hand to stretch the elastic as I sewed. Stop when you need to, to look at your half-way reference point and see if you need to stretch the elastic a little more or a little less as you continue. Continue sewing to the end and have your elastic ends overlap by an inch or so just to make sure it is secure.