My latest project, or at least the one I remembered to photograph, started when a friend sent me a link to a tutorial for soup bowl hot pads. (This one.). My first thought was "How CUTE!" -- then I couldn't stop thinking about them. I knew we wouldn't really use them, but she said they do a lot of stand up eating at dog events (she and her hubby do sledding events, etc. with their Siberian Huskies!). Hmm ...
Cleverly disguising myself as the Sewing Fairy 😏, I asked Heather what colors she and her husband like. She said "blue and silver/grey", and I hit my fabric stash. I must admit two things at this point:
- It's not like I didn't think Heather was on to me, but it was fun to pretend she didn't.
- My stack of blue fabr-- OK, my stacks of blue fabric are rather on the large side of things.
I looked through my lovely blues, but nothing really grabbed me for this project. At that point, one of my Siberians wandered into my Studio and I thought, "It would be cool if I had something with Sibes on it." Then I remembered my stack of flannels and ...
Iditarod-themed flannels. In blues and silvers. BOOM! Is that perfect or what? And yes, flannel would be a little trickier to work with since it's bulky, but ... it was perfect. And wouldn't that feel nice on cold hands?
I got to sewing ...
I use my walking foot a LOT - it was perfect for this. As you can see, I cut my batting a little bit smaller than my flannel. Why? To help avoid bulk. I cut my squares 1/2" larger than called for in the tute so I could have a larger seam allowance. If Heather needs to wash these, it will help prevent fraying/seam issues.
When I made the little notches to help form the bowl shape (watch the vid at the link above and that will make sense), I thought in addition to trimming the triangles off, I'd also cut off some of the excess batting:
See up there by the scissor blade? I think it helps the bowl lay better.
Before I knew it, I had a soup bowl cozy! My husband started calling it that and it was easier than "soup bowl hot pad", so I went with it. Check it out:
Here's a look at the inside:
Isn't the fabric the best?!!?
This was so much fun, I decided she needed a set - one for her, one for Dan, and a couple spares:
They're also reversible -- just punch them the other way.
I grabbed one of my bowls to see how it works:
Tell me those aren't cute!!!
Heather, I hope you and Dan enjoy! They were super fun to make!
Thanks for reading!