Disclaimer: I received product (fabric and sewing pattern) in return for writing this post. Any opinions are 100% mine.
I was recently given the opportunity to sew up a project using the new Kyoto fabric line by Amy Barickman of Indygo Junction. It’s a gorgeous line, with Asian inspired designs mixed with earthy colors and strong graphics. The only issue was, what to make?
That question was easily settled with the realization that Mother’s Day was coming up and I had no idea what I was going to get for my mother. As luck would have it, the Poppy colorway coordinates beautifully with the colors and styles in my mother’s house. Decision made!
And what did I make?
Aren’t the colors and patterns so beautiful together?
I used the Micro-Safe Hot Holders Pattern to create a set of microwavable fabric bowls. They’re designed to keep you from burning your fingers when taking a hot bowl out of the microwave. I’ve seen bowls like this before, but this pattern is so much prettier! More than just being functional, they’re also made to be beautiful.
The smallest of the three bowls is the perfect size for my mother’s cereal bowls. She uses that size bowl for reheating chili or chicken and dumplings (hers are the BEST, by the way) so I can see that size getting the most use.
The medium size bowl works with some of her smaller serving bowls, and the largest fabric bowl holds a larger serving bowl perfectly. It’s also the right size to hold rolls, so I also created a rice-filled heat pack and a fabric napkin so she can use it as a bun warmer.
The gentle curves around the top of the bowls creates an attractive shape and also handles for you to use. AND, they’re reversible!
You can get a whole new look just by flipping the bowl to the other side.
The bowls are easy to make and they come together quickly. I was able to make the full set of three bowls in one evening. I used three prints from the Kyoto line for the bowls, and a fourth print for the bias tape and matching napkin and rice-filled heat pack.
(The napkin and heat pack aren’t included in the pattern but they’re so simple to make, there’s no need. You can find plenty of tutorials for fabric napkins and rice-filled heat packs.)
The pattern includes instructions for using a stiff stabilizer for making a decorative – but not microwavable – bowl. I felt like the cotton batting in the microwavable versions provides enough structure for the sides to hold their shape without any extra stiff stabilizer required, so I just made all of the bowls with the cotton batting. That makes them a twofer (decorative and functional), and my mother LOVES a twofer!
I gave her the set of fabric bowls for Mother’s Day. And I was right – they match her dining room perfectly, and she LOVES them!