How to Make a Simple DIY Bowl Cozy from Hot Pads

Make a DIY bowl cozy using a $2 hot pad! No more burned fingers trying to get a hot bowl out of the microwave. (No sewing machine needed!)

Learn how to quickly make a DIY bowl cozy using a $2 hot pad.  If you use your microwave regularly you’ve undoubtedly struggled with the “hot bowl” syndrome, trying to get a bowl filled with hot food out and onto the counter. After some searching, I found that you can purchase “bowl cozies” which are pretty awesome but also very expensive for basically a curved hot pad. Being the frugal soul that I am I though “I can make that!” Also, being someone who prefers not to drag out the sewing machine unless I absolutely have too, I tasked myself with making one by hand. All I needed was a large $2 rectangle hot pad from Walmart!  Also, make sure to check out how to  Spice Up Your Kitchen with These Delightful DIY Kitchen Decorating Ideas and one of our spectacular upcycle ideas: Contemporary Kitchen Craft Series : Tall Pasta Containers.

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Instructions

Picked up this set at Walmart for $2.  This will make 2 cozies.
Make a DIY bowl cozy using a $2 hot pad! No more burned fingers trying to get a hot bowl out of the microwave. (No sewing machine needed!)

 

These work for bowl of various sizes.
Make a DIY bowl cozy using a $2 hot pad! No more burned fingers trying to get a hot bowl out of the microwave. (No sewing machine needed!)

All you need to do is hold the ends together somehow, so the bowl sits inside comforatbly.
Make a DIY bowl cozy using a $2 hot pad! No more burned fingers trying to get a hot bowl out of the microwave. (No sewing machine needed!)

 

You can tack them using a needle and thread, a sewing machine if you desire. I also tested a hot glue gun which seemed to work but I suggest testing that out on another piece of fabric first.
Make a DIY bowl cozy using a $2 hot pad! No more burned fingers trying to get a hot bowl out of the microwave. (No sewing machine needed!)

Mark where you will tack the hot pad together. This is a little over 1″ up from the fold.
Make a DIY bowl cozy using a $2 hot pad! No more burned fingers trying to get a hot bowl out of the microwave. (No sewing machine needed!)

Make sure the correct side of the hot pad is INSIDE where the bowl will sit and then using a strong needed, sew it together with several stitches.
Make a DIY bowl cozy using a $2 hot pad! No more burned fingers trying to get a hot bowl out of the microwave. (No sewing machine needed!)

Make sure to use a dozen or so stitches over the same area so it holds well. Make a DIY bowl cozy using a $2 hot pad! No more burned fingers trying to get a hot bowl out of the microwave. (No sewing machine needed!)

You can also possibly use HOT GLUE though I’m unsure how it will hold up over time. Make SURE the glue itself does not get hot when placed in a microwave. Make a DIY bowl cozy using a $2 hot pad! No more burned fingers trying to get a hot bowl out of the microwave. (No sewing machine needed!)

That’s it! Easy peasy!Make a DIY bowl cozy using a $2 hot pad! No more burned fingers trying to get a hot bowl out of the microwave. (No sewing machine needed!)

Fits a variety of sizes of bowls. Make a DIY bowl cozy using a $2 hot pad! No more burned fingers trying to get a hot bowl out of the microwave. (No sewing machine needed!)

Make a DIY bowl cozy using a $2 hot pad! No more burned fingers trying to get a hot bowl out of the microwave. (No sewing machine needed!)

I decided I wanted to make it look nicer so I grabbed some ribbon I had lying around. Make a DIY bowl cozy using a $2 hot pad! No more burned fingers trying to get a hot bowl out of the microwave. (No sewing machine needed!)

NOTE: You can use heaver ribbon to literally TIE IT TOGETHER without sewing orglue. I suggest grosgrain ribbon at least 1/2″ however.  I added ribbon to one that I had sewed just because it looked nicer. v

Perfect for making microwave baked oatmeal!Make a DIY bowl cozy using a $2 hot pad! No more burned fingers trying to get a hot bowl out of the microwave. (No sewing machine needed!)

Make a DIY bowl cozy using a $2 hot pad! No more burned fingers trying to get a hot bowl out of the microwave. (No sewing machine needed!)

 

Make a DIY bowl cozy using a $2 hot pad! No more burned fingers trying to get a hot bowl out of the microwave. (No sewing machine needed!)

3 Comments

  1. Judy

    Not sure about hot glue in a microwave….could be a recipe for disaster. And trust me make sure it’s all cotton or it can ignite while using it in the microwave. It is a great idea, just needs to be safe!!

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