February 24, 2024

DIY Fabric Bowl Covers: How to Sew a Reusable Cover Set

Written by: Tahnee Wientjes

Hi there fellow homemakers and naturally-minded friends! I’m super excited to share with you a fun and easy DIY project that helps reduce single-use plastic waste. These reusable fabric bowl covers offer a reusable alternative to disposable plastic wrap.

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Fabric bowl covers as an alternative for disposable plastics

One area where we often rely heavily on disposable plastics is in the kitchen, especially when it comes to covering leftovers or storing food.

But, items like disposable plastic wrap are also something we’ve just gotten accustomed to. When our grandparents were little, there was no such thing as cling film or a plastic lid to cover rising bread dough. They exclusively used renewables and reusables.

A cloth bowl cover is a great cost-effective and waste-reducing kitchen item. It’s also very versatile as it can serve multiple purposes and cover bowls of different sizes. Also, leaning fabric bowl covers is easy, but more on that later. It’s the perfect, easy-to-sew, replacement for cling film.

Two glass bowls with a linen fabric bowl cover.

How reusable bowl covers work

Here’s how reusable fabric bowl covers work. They look much like a shower cap! The elastic around the circumference of the cloth bowl cover makes sure the reusable bowl cover will fit snuggly around the circumference of the bowl.

When to use a bowl cover

A reusable bowl cover can come in handy when you need to cover food in a bowl. You can use it to proof bread dough, keep food covered during a picnic to prevent bugs from getting on it, or even to cover a salad or sourdough starter in the fridge. A fabric bowl cover is a great option for different purposes.

Fabric bowl cover sizes

Depending on the different sizes of bowls you have you can make larger and smaller cloth bowl covers. Reusable bowl covers can be made into different sizes so you can cover just about all sizes of bowls. From serving bowls to a small bowl.

The great thing about these reusable bowl covers is that they’ll fit bowls of different sizes. So, there’s no need to make a bunch of reusable fabric bowl covers, just one or two will do!

Glass bowl with sandy linen fabric bowl cover

Supplies for making a reusable bowl cover

This is a great beginner sewing project and great for using those scrap fabric pieces.

You will need:

  • Fabric
  • Elastic
  • Thread
  • Small Safety Pin
  • Sewing machine or needle and thread

Your fabric choices are limited to any food-safe fabric you have around. This can be a nice printed cotton, linen cotton blend, or pul fabric.

Pul fabric is the type of fabric used for making cloth diaper covers. Pull fabric or laminated cotton is a good choice if you want the cover to be waterproof. However, I would personally prefer to cover the cloth bowl covers in beeswax over laminated fabric or pull fabric to make them water-resistant.

Supplies for Making Fabric Bowl Cover: Fabric, Elastic, Thread, Safety Pin

How to make a fabric bowl cover

Making these reusable fabric bowl covers is a breeze! Even if you’re not a seasoned crafter, you’ll find this is one of those simple sewing projects that is delightfully simple and fun. I’ll provide you with step-by-step instructions below.

For this bowl cover, you’ll need two (different) pieces of fabric. One will be the top fabric that will cover the bowl face and the other will be the inner fabric. This bowl cover is reversible though.

Depending on the desired number of bowl covers you’ll need more or less fabric. But, always two circles of fabric per bowl cover.

You can make the fabric bowl covers in a range of sizes. I would suggest measuring the diameter of your largest bowl because these reusable bowl covers will also fit a slightly smaller bowl.

  • Measure the circumference of the bowl that you want to make a reusable bowl cover. Add about 2-3 inches.
Measuring Fabric for Bowl Cover: Tracing Bowl Shape on Linen Fabric
Marking Fabric for Cutting: White Pencil Indicates 2-inch Margin
  • Cut the fabric around the larger circle and use the first circle to cut out the second circle from the inner fabric. TIP: Cut the second piece of fabric BIGGER than the first circle. This will make sewing much easier. Press before you start sewing the circles together.
Two circles of fabric. One rusty colored, the other sandy colored linen.
  • With right sides together, stitch the two pieces but leave a small gap to turn the fabric.
Sewing Fabric Circles Together: Fabric Pieces Under Sewing Machine
  • Clip around the sides. There’s no need to use a zig-zag stitch to prevent the raw edges of the fabric from unraveling since the edges will be on the inside.
  • Make small notches or use pinking sheers.
Cutting Notches in Fabric
Using Pinking Shears to Trim Fabric Edges for Smooth Finish: Ensuring Flat Appearance
  • Turn right sides out and press with a hot iron.
Pressing Fabric Circles with Hot Iron: Ensuring Smooth Finish
  • Next, sew around the edge of the whole circle about 1/2 inch or 1,5 cm from the sides. Sew the (smallest!) circle closed.
Don’t sew the outer circle closed, leave the gap open to pull the elastic through.
Sewing closed the outer circle for a fabric bowl cover.
  • Measure around the circle of the bowl to determine the length of the elastic.
Measuring elastic for a fabric bowl cover around a glass mixing bowl
Using Safety Pin to Pull Elastic Through Fabric
  • Attach the safety pin to the elastic and pull the elastic through the tunnel you just created (the elastic should be the same length as the circumference of the bowl).
In this image, a safety pin is used to guide elastic through the fabric tunnel, ensuring a secure and adjustable fit for the fabric bowl cover. This

  • Sew the gap closed. I like to hand-sew it closed with a slip stitch.
This image showcases the completed fabric bowl covers, featuring one in rustic cotton and the other in sandy linen covering the glass mixing bowls.

Alternatives and variations for a DIY fabric bowl cover

Reusable bowl covers are super easy to make and very versatile.

You can make these in different shapes for other bowls and baking trays, or to cover a casserole dish.

Beeswax wraps

Beeswax wraps are a great alternative for reusable fabric bowl covers. They will form around the face of the bowl through the warmth of your hands.

Use what you have first

But of course, use what you have. If you have plastic lids that cover your bowls perfectly, don’t toss them just to make reusable bowl covers, that would be wasteful.

Use up those plastic lids and then make yourself some pretty reusable fabric bowl covers. Or, if you can’t wait to get sewing, just gift a few to a dear friend or family member.

Two glass bowls with a bowl cover in sandy colored linen standing on a wooden table with a preserving glass in the back.

Washing fabric bowl covers

Taking care of your fabric bowl cover is a breeze. They are machine washable, so you can just toss them in the washing machine or spot clean with some warm water.

Different fabrics require different settings on the washing machine. Reusable linen bowl covers are best washed on a gentle cycle and air-dried.

Also, when you use beeswax to cover your fabric bowl covers don’t toss them in the washing machine, just spot clean or use some lukewarm water to clean. Dry thoroughly.

Remember, small changes in our daily routines can make a big difference for your home.

Feel free to share your fabric bowl cover creations on social media and tag me—I’d love to see your projects! If you have any questions or need further clarification, don’t hesitate to leave a comment below. Happy sewing!

This image showcases the completed fabric bowl covers, featuring one in rustic cotton and the other in sandy linen covering the glass mixing bowls.

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