How to Make Washable Fabric Bowl Covers

Summer is the perfect time to head to the lake, the park or the mountains and share a meal with people you love. The last thing you want though, is a swarm of bugs getting to your salads before you do. You can bring some environmentally friendly style to your picnic by ditching the plastic wrap and creating some reusable fabric bowl covers instead. Make them for any size bowl to coordinate with your picnic ware. Just find some fun fabric, a little elastic and you're on your way to creating these cute washable fabric bowl covers.

Get rid of the trash producing plastic wrap and create some colorful, reusable fabric bowl covers for all of your summer get togethers.
(Image: Beth Huntington)
Get rid of the trash producing plastic wrap and create some colorful, reusable fabric bowl covers for all of your summer get togethers.
(Image: Beth Huntington)

Things You'll Need

  • Cardboard for a pattern

  • 1/2-yard of coordinating fabrics

  • Washable ink pen

  • Sharp scissors

  • Pins

  • 1/4-inch elastic

  • Safety pin

  • Needle and thread

Get rid of the trash producing plastic wrap and create some colorful, reusable fabric bowl covers for all of your summer get togethers.
(Image: Beth Huntington)

Step 1

Make a pattern by turning your bowl upside down on cardboard, then measuring and mark ing1 1/2 inches away from the edge of the bowl. Cut out the circle.

Get rid of the trash producing plastic wrap and create some colorful, reusable fabric bowl covers for all of your summer get togethers.
(Image: Beth Huntington)

Step 2

Lay your cardboard pattern on your fabric and trace around it with a washable marking pen. Cut along your marks with a pair of sharp fabric scissors. Repeat this with your coordinating fabric so you have 2 fabric circles.

Get rid of the trash producing plastic wrap and create some colorful, reusable fabric bowl covers for all of your summer get togethers.
(Image: Beth Huntington)
Get rid of the trash producing plastic wrap and create some colorful, reusable fabric bowl covers for all of your summer get togethers.
(Image: Beth Huntington)

Step 3

Place your fabric circles with right sides together. Pin and sew with a 1/2-inch seam allowance leaving a 1 1/2-inch opening.

Get rid of the trash producing plastic wrap and create some colorful, reusable fabric bowl covers for all of your summer get togethers.
(Image: Beth Huntington)
Get rid of the trash producing plastic wrap and create some colorful, reusable fabric bowl covers for all of your summer get togethers.
(Image: Beth Huntington)
Get rid of the trash producing plastic wrap and create some colorful, reusable fabric bowl covers for all of your summer get togethers.
(Image: Beth Huntington)

Step 4

Cut notches out of the seam allowance to reduce bulk when you turn it right side out. Be very careful not to cut the stitching.

Get rid of the trash producing plastic wrap and create some colorful, reusable fabric bowl covers for all of your summer get togethers.
(Image: Beth Huntington)

Step 5

Turn the fabric circle right side out through the opening. Tuck in the opening and press around the entire the seam with an iron.

Get rid of the trash producing plastic wrap and create some colorful, reusable fabric bowl covers for all of your summer get togethers.
(Image: Beth Huntington)
Get rid of the trash producing plastic wrap and create some colorful, reusable fabric bowl covers for all of your summer get togethers.
(Image: Beth Huntington)
Get rid of the trash producing plastic wrap and create some colorful, reusable fabric bowl covers for all of your summer get togethers.
(Image: Beth Huntington)

Step 6

Stitch 1/2 inch away from the pressed edge to create a casing for your elastic.

Get rid of the trash producing plastic wrap and create some colorful, reusable fabric bowl covers for all of your summer get togethers.
(Image: Beth Huntington)

Step 7

Measure around the top of your bowl and subtract 2 inches. Cut a piece of 1/4-inch elastic to that length. Attach a safety pin to an end of your elastic, thread it through the opening and pull it through the entire casing until it comes out the other side.

Get rid of the trash producing plastic wrap and create some colorful, reusable fabric bowl covers for all of your summer get togethers.
(Image: Beth Huntington)
Get rid of the trash producing plastic wrap and create some colorful, reusable fabric bowl covers for all of your summer get togethers.
(Image: Beth Huntington)
Get rid of the trash producing plastic wrap and create some colorful, reusable fabric bowl covers for all of your summer get togethers.
(Image: Beth Huntington)

Step 8

Attach the two ends of elastic by sewing them together with a zig zag stitch.

Get rid of the trash producing plastic wrap and create some colorful, reusable fabric bowl covers for all of your summer get togethers.
(Image: Beth Huntington)

Step 9

Adjust the elastic so it is even inside the casing and hand sew the opening closed with a needle and thread.

Get rid of the trash producing plastic wrap and create some colorful, reusable fabric bowl covers for all of your summer get togethers.
(Image: Beth Huntington)

It's totally OK to have a little swagger in your step when you show up at your next picnic with yard Jenga and food covered with your new fabric bowl covers. Go ahead and brag a little to let everyone know you made them yourself!

Get rid of the trash producing plastic wrap and create some colorful, reusable fabric bowl covers for all of your summer get togethers.
(Image: Beth Huntington)
Get rid of the trash producing plastic wrap and create some colorful, reusable fabric bowl covers for all of your summer get togethers.
(Image: Beth Huntington)