DIY Reusable Bowl Covers

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I absolutely hate plastic wrap! I can never get it our of the box without it sticking together. I used to think it was a necessary evil until I decided to make reusable bowl covers and do away with wasteful (and hateful) plastic wrap.

They are easy, inexpensive, reduce waste and pretty. I have taken several casseroles, salads and desserts to potlucks, church, and family functions and everyone asks the same thing, “Where did you get these covers?!” I have even been told by a few people that this is what they want me to give them for their birthday or Christmas. Sweet! I already have half my gift ideas figured out.

Items needed:

  • PUL (Polyurethane laminate) fabric, I bought Babyville brand on clearance
  • 1/4 inch elastic
  • thread to match your fabric

Tutorial:

Step 1 – Select a Fabric

PUL

 

I used PUL (Polyurethane laminate) which has a laminate back side and a polyester top side. I used the left over fabric from making Bed-Wetting Underwear, so I did not purchase more fabric. If you do purchase fabric, I found 1 yard did all of my first round of covers. If you want extras, then maybe go for 2 yards. Don’t forget to use coupons! There is almost always a 40% off regular price coupon at JoAnn’s.

I also saw some people using picnic table clothes that have a plastic backing. That seemed too heavy and crinkly for what I wanted. I wanted a smooth thin fit that would keep moisture in and debris out. Plus, I checked at Babyville’s website (the manufacturer of the PUL I bought) and they say their fabric is food grade safe.

Step 2 – Make a Pattern and Cut Fabric

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A small and extra small round for bowls, cups, and dog food cans.

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A 9 x 13 baking dish.

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A close-up of the distance around each dish for my pattern.

I used my personal dishes as a pattern. I measured out 2 inches using a simple ruler, making marks approximately 1 inch apart all around the dish. I used a permanent fine tip Sharpie. After I have marked around my dish, I then cut the fabric smoothly connecting each dot. This is the outer edge, so make it as smooth as possible.

 

Step 3 – Attach Elastic

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On round dishes, I attached Elastic all the way around. On rectangular dishes, I only attached elastic around the ends and left the sides straight. I found it was enough to keep the covers on the dishes since rectangular dishes have a lip and/or handles on the ends to carry the dish, keeping the cover on wonderfully.

Tips for attaching elastic:

  1. Do not cut your elastic to fit. Sew it on first and then cut. I found I could never get the spacing right. It worked better if I just cut it after sewing it on.
  2. Do a back stitch at the start and end of where you attach the ends of the elastic. You don’t want that coming loose and hanging off. Ugly.
  3. Pull the elastic as tight as you can without snapping, this gives it a really tight fit around your bowls. I did practice runs on the 2 small rounds I did to cover dog food cans first. That gave me a good idea how tight the fit was by how much I was stretching the elastic.
  4. Go slowly! Staying inside the elastic trench is the best way to not have gaps. If I run my machine too fast, it is really hard to keep the needle in the trench, while stretching the elastic.
  5. I found it easier to hold the elastic if I wound it around my right hand and just unwound it as I went. My left hand kept the fabric steady in the machine.

That is pretty much it! For a cost analysis, check out the previous post.

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Side view of the finished 9 x 13 baking dish cover.

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I love finding ways to simplify my life and save money at the same time. I will show you how, too! Over the past 25 years I've mastered the art of making our funds go farther and purchase more. Living the dream!

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