Summer time means picnics, barbecues, and potlucks! Many times we are invited to outdoor activities and everyone is asked to bring a dish to share. I thought it would be fun to create a reusable fabric bowl cover so that we can tote our side dishes to these events in style. These are also great to have at an outdoor picnic to keep the bugs off of your food when no one is eating.
These bowl covers will take you no time at all. It will probably take you longer to decide on your fabric and coordinating bias tape than it will to actually sew them. Make one for your favorite bowl or make a whole set for all of your serving bowls!
So, let’s get started……….
Potluck Bowl Covers
1 Fat Quarter (should be enough for a large bowl)
1 package double fold bias tape (or you can make your own)
Thin Elastic – 1/8″ or 1/4″ (the amount depends on the size of your bowl)
Take the bowl that you plan on making a cover for and flip it over. Place it on your fabric. If you are using a directional print or something with a certain design, make sure to center your bowl over the design.
Using scissors or a rotary cutter, cut a circle that is 2″ wider than your bowl.
Sew your bias tape around the entire edge of the bowl (click HERE for my bias tape tutorial). Leave an opening in your bias tape large enough for a safety pin to fit through.
Above you can see the opening in my bias tape.
Measure towards the top of your bowl and subtract two inches – that is how much elastic you will need. My elastic was very stretchy, so if yours isn’t, then you may need to make yours a little longer. Stick a safety pin through the end of the elastic. Typically I use a bodkin to thread elastic, but in this case, only a safety pin will fit through the bias tape opening.
Thread your elastic through the bias tape opening and around the circle. Stitch the ends of elastic together and close the opening in your bias tape by top-stitching with your sewing machine.