The first one pictured above I made for myself to try out the pattern size and construction to trouble shoot any changes I might want to make but had very little tweaking to do to the pattern so full speed ahead to get the other 7 done.
I found 3 webpages with instructions for making these and I combined ideas from all three so please take a look at them. Syzygy Of Me June 6, 2012, Quilting Board-Microwave Fabric Bowls, Quilt in a Day-Hot Bowl TuteI cut two pieces of quilting weight fabric 11 1/2” square for each bowlholder. The 2 cotton batting squares were cut 11”. I cut 2 circles from batting to put in the center to pad the very bottom a little more. I traced around a CD like one of the tutorials suggested. If you want to use these bowlholders in the microwave the batting must be 100% cotton with no scrim. If it has any polyester in the batting or scrim it might catch on fire if used in the microwave. My batting was mystery batting scraps so I am going to advise the people I gift them to not put them in the microwave to be in the safe side.
Flip over carefully and pin the layers together and quilt. I quilted the entire square but some instructions say just quilt from corner to corner diagonally. I wanted the batting more secured to the fabric for when it was laundered it would not get so misshapen.Fold the quilted square in half to mark the darts which will shape the square into a bowl shape. I marked 1” from the fold and the point positioned 2 1/2” down from the top. Mark and pin one dart on each of the 4 sides and stitch, backstitching at the tip.Trim the dart down to 3/8” and press all the darts on both pieces in one direction. When the two halves are put together the darts will nest together this way.Pin the two halves together with right sides facing each other. Stitch with a 1/4” seam, leaving an opening on one side between the corner and one dart.
I can check this project off my list now but have another in the works. Need to do some serious sewing in the next few days as we are celebrating Christmas with our daughters and their families this coming weekend and need to be all finished by then.