Before you begin this project, please read THIS update. (Added 2/27/2014)
How many times have you burned your hands lifting a bowl from the microwave? Plenty, I would guess. I know I have.
Here is an easy-to-make solution. A microwave bowl pot holder. They are not only easy to make, they are a great stash buster.
Here are the directions. As always, contact me with any questions.
Supplies Needed:
  • 2, 10″ square pieces of fabric
  • 2, 9″ square pieces of batting*see note below*
  • Scissors
  • Thread
  • Sewing Machine
  • *I recommend using “Warm Tater” batting. It has no additives or fillers. Some types of batting can catch fire in a microwave.*
This will make a pot holder for a normal size soup or cereal bowl, about 20″ in circumference.
Step One: Place the batting on the wrong side of the fabric. Draw lines across from each corner and each side. You will have a square with 8 wedges. Do this on both pieces.

Step Two: On the two side to side lines, you will create a dart on each side. the dart measures 1″ across and 2 1/2″ long. See the picture below. You will make 4 darts on each piece.

Step Three: Pin the batting to the fabric pieces and take them to the sewing machine. Sew all the lines then make the darts. Again, do this on both pieces. Now cut the excess fabric from the darts. This will keep it from being too bulky.

Step Four: Put the two pieces together, right sides facing each other. Sew around the square making a 3/8″ seam. Leave an opening to turn it right side out.
Step Five: Trim the seam at the darts. Clip almost to, but not through the seam. Turn right side out. Press all four sides.

Step Six: Top stitch near the edge all the way around. And you are finished. Beginning to end this project took me less than an hour, and that included stopping to take pictures. Here is the finished product.

Oh, and if you are not inclined to make these, I have some for sale in my Etsy Store.