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Fabric Bowl Covers

Free project instructions to embroider a fabric bowl cover. Free project instructions to embroider a towel border with an animal design.
Free project instructions to embroider a fabric bowl cover.

Dress up your dishes for picnics and potlucks with an embroidered bowl cover! Use colorful fabrics and designs to add a tasty look; ripstop nylon on the inside makes them so-easy to clean.

Project Needs & Notes:

-
Bowl; the one used in this example has a 10"
  diameter at the top
- 2 round objects (bowl, lid) for tracing circles
  2" smaller than the bowl and 2" larger than
  the bowl
- 1/4 yard denim (for embroidered section)
- 1/2 yard good-quality print cotton fabric
- 1/2 yard rip stop nylon
- Medium-weight (2.5 ounce) cutaway stabilizer
- Air-erase pen for marking
- 1/4" wide braided elastic and safety pin
- Double-sided fusible web
- Needle and thread for some hand sewing
 
Free video with instructions on how to embroider a fabric bowl cover.

Bowl covers are machine-washable; air or line dry rather than use a machine dryer.

Designs featured in this tutorial and video are:

J8820, Blueberry Wreath
K3125, Tomato Wreath
G4287, Rooster Pride
K2371, Teapot with Spearmint (Vintage)
K2374, Teacup with Spearmint (Vintage)
K8715, Enjoy Life It's Delicious


This project was featured in the following:
Christmas Gift Guide Lookbook


Free project instructions to embroider a fabric bowl cover.
Begin by measuring the diameter of the bowl. This one measures 10".

Free project instructions to embroider a fabric bowl cover.
Find another bowl or plate that is 2" smaller, and trace that circle onto a piece of denim.

This is where the design will be embroidered.

Free project instructions to embroider a fabric bowl cover.
A template, or printout of a design, is an excellent tool to help with placement.

Print a template of the design from your embroidery software.
If you do not have embroidery software, Wilcom's TrueSizer is
a free program to use.

Place the template so the center is in the center of the circle. Mark the center point, as well as the vertical and horizontal axis lines.

Free project instructions to embroider a fabric bowl cover.
Hoop the denim with a piece of cutaway stabilizer, lining up the marks on the denim with the marks on the hoop.

Free project instructions to embroider a fabric bowl cover.
Attach the hoop to the machine and move the hoop so the needle is right over the center point.

Embroider the design. I use a size 11 or 75/11 embroidery or sharp sewing needle when embroidering on denim.

Free project instructions to embroider a fabric bowl cover.
After embroidering, trim the excess stabilizer away from the back.

Free project instructions to embroider a fabric bowl cover.
Cut out the circle shape. This is the embroidered piece for the bowl cover.

Free project instructions to embroider a fabric bowl cover.
The next step is to make the rest of the cover.

Take a piece of good-quality quilter's cotton and lay it wrong side up.

Free project instructions to embroider a fabric bowl cover.
Put the larger bowl on top, and trace around it.

Free project instructions to embroider a fabric bowl cover.
Measure out 2" and draw a larger circle. Or, if you have a bowl or plate that is 2" larger, use that to trace.

That extra 2" is what will go down the sides of the bowl.

Free project instructions to embroider a fabric bowl cover.
Cut out the larger circle.

Free project instructions to embroider a fabric bowl cover.
Next, add the embroidered piece to the center.

Cut a piece of double-sided fusible web the same size as the embroidered piece.

Free project instructions to embroider a fabric bowl cover.
Peel back the paper and put the fusible web on the back of the embroidered piece.

Free project instructions to embroider a fabric bowl cover.
Lay that in the center of the quilter's cotton.

Free project instructions to embroider a fabric bowl cover.
Use an iron to activate the fusible web.

Free project instructions to embroider a fabric bowl cover.
Use a decorative stitch to sew the embroidered piece to the quilter's cotton.

Free project instructions to embroider a fabric bowl cover.
The next step is to add the rip stop nylon.

Place the cover on top of the rip stop nylon, wrong side up.

Free project instructions to embroider a fabric bowl cover.
Pin in place, and cut out the circle shape.

Free project instructions to embroider a fabric bowl cover.
Sew a 1/4" seam along the outer edge, leaving 2" along the bottom edge open for turning.

Free project instructions to embroider a fabric bowl cover.
Turn the cover right side out and press the seam.

Free project instructions to embroider a fabric bowl cover.
Turn the fabric of the opening in 1/4" and press.

Free project instructions to embroider a fabric bowl cover.
Sew a 1/2" seam all along the outer edge of the fabric. This makes the pocket for the elastic.

Free project instructions to embroider a fabric bowl cover.
Thread the elastic through the pocket, gathering the fabric as you go.

The cover will start to take on the bowl shape as you do this.

Free project instructions to embroider a fabric bowl cover.
Remove the pin and cut the elastic.

Sew the two ends of the elastic together.

Free project instructions to embroider a fabric bowl cover.
Tuck the elastic between the folds of the opening, then hand-sew it closed.

Free project instructions to embroider a fabric bowl cover.
Slip it over the bowl.

Free project instructions to embroider a fabric bowl cover.
These fabric bowl covers are a fabulous way to cover dishes for picnics and parties! Plus, they're machine-washable so you can use them again and again.

Fabric Bowl Covers



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