DIY fabric bowl covers

May 11, 2020

I love making these super easy DIY fabric bowl covers. Ditch your cling film and replace with these super cute bowl covers. They are perfect for covering bowls with leftovers in the fridge, or for keeping flies off picnic bowls in the summer. They also make great gifts for friends and family.

super easy DIY fabric bowl covers. Ditch your plastic wrap and replace with these super cute bowl covers.

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Can these be used in the microwave?

Personally I have never tried – I use a plate over a bowl (to reduce plastic wrap use)

Can I use beeswax fabric or oil cloth?

I like using cotton and find this to be very effective, beeswax fabric will hold its shape over the bowl without the need for elastic. Oil cloth will work but I wouldn’t choose to line the bowl covers. Instead, I would use crimping scissors and a zig-zag stitch to secure the elastic in the underside of the bowl cover.


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Pick some fun print 100% cotton fabric,  you will need two layers, one for the lining and one for the top.

DIY Fabric Bowl Covers

DIY Fabric Bowl Covers


  • Cotton fabric
  • Elastic 1/4" wide
  • Thread


  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Safety pin
  • Taylors chalk
  • Tape measure or similiar
  • Iron


  1. Let's start by measuring our bowl on the back of your fabric. Place the bowl, upside down, on the back of your fabric and draw around with your tailors chalk.DIY fabric bowl covers 5
  2. Remove the bowl, using your measuring tool mark an additional line 1 1/2" wider all round (if your bowl is much larger you may wish to mark 2")DIY fabric bowl covers 6
  3. Cut out your fabric along the new marked line.
  4. Use this first circle as your template to cut your lining out.
  5. Place the two layers of fabric right sides together.DIY fabric bowl covers 7
  6. Machine stitch around the edge, at approx 1/4" from the edge. Leave a 1 1/2" turning gap.
  7. Turn the fabric the right side out and press.DIY fabric bowl covers 8
  8. Machine stitch 1/2" in from the edge of the circle.DIY fabric bowl covers 9
  9. Measure the elastic around the edge of your bowl, you need approximately 5" less than the circumference (this will vary dependant upon the size of your bowl).
  10. Using a safety pin thread the elastic through the casing you sewed in step 8.DIY fabric bowl covers 10
  11. Secure the elastic ends together, then even out the gathers around the elastic.
  12. Fold in the raw fabric edges from your turning gap, and ladder stitch to close.DIY fabric bowl covers 11
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