I’ve recently found out that the secret to perfect baked potatoes in the microwave is to put them in a bag while you cook them.  I’d always used a paper sack, but that was until I saw this tutorial by Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood of Craft Sanity.  She shows how to make a fabric bag for microwaving your potatoes.  Go to the tutorial.

[photo from Craft Sanity]

[tags]sewing, tutorial, fabric, bag, sack, pouch, potoato, baked, microwave[/tags]

By Anne Weaver


14 Comments so far

  1. how to cook scrambled eggs – How to Cook Tender Moist Scrambled Eggs on February 6, 2010 8:52 pm

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  2. linda on July 28, 2011 12:08 pm

    i would like to get a free pattern for a potato bag

  3. Sandi on November 2, 2011 9:23 pm

    I saw one at a craaft show and want to make me one

  4. dottie willie on March 20, 2012 2:22 am

    I have been trying to make a potatoe bag I got the pattern I hve made 3 of them and they all caught on fore I used every 100% cotton what is wrong?

  5. anneweaver on March 21, 2012 8:35 am

    Unfortunately, I don’t have an answer to this question. The only thing I can think of is that perhaps you heated it too long or on higher power. –Anne

  6. Doris Terrell on May 10, 2012 12:02 pm

    want to make a potato bag but don’t have a pattern. I’ve seen the bags and I’ve heard they work great.

  7. Doris Terrell on May 10, 2012 12:05 pm

    want to make a potato bag but don’t have a pattern. I’ve seen the bags and I’ve heard they work great.

  8. Lucille on March 25, 2013 8:01 pm

    Would like a pattern to sew my own potato bag….have used one & really like it.

  9. Harleyguy on March 29, 2013 4:41 pm

    Make sure you wrap your potatoes in wet paper towels before placing inside the bag. The moisture is used to cook the food and cool the bag down. I hope this helps

  10. Brenda on October 14, 2013 7:13 pm

    Just wanted to make sure that Dottie didn’t use fusible batting. That could be an issue

  11. Mary on November 23, 2013 8:36 am

    Summary of comments above:
    First, wrapping in paper towels is not necessary, however it does help keeping the bags clean longer.
    2. dottie willie,

    (a) make sure you are also using 100% cotton batting? Sometimes, even products labeled 100% cotton will have a synthetic scrim in them.

    (b) duh, is the thread you used also 100% cotton? (did you remember to change the bobbin as well?)

    (c) Lastly, and this is a big-ole ‘duh’ moment, are you pu0ting potatoes in the bags when testing them? Just heating an empty bag, is a great way to catch ‘em on fire.

  12. Carol Doyle on December 4, 2013 7:54 pm

    I’ve always used 100% cotton fabric/thread and Warm Tater batting for my potato bags. My neighbor just ordered a potato bag from a TV commercial. Shell is 100% polyester, lining is 85% polyester/15% cotton, batting is 100% polyester! What?????

  13. janice greening on January 8, 2014 3:44 pm

    I am wondering if instead of a paper towel could you use a piece of muslin to wrap the potato in before baking. I thought then it could be washed and re-used rather than throwing away the toweling.

  14. Sheree on January 24, 2014 3:10 pm

    I just bought the items to make a microwave baked potato bag, and there is actual batting made just for that purpose. It is called Warm tater 100% Cotton for potato bags and other microwave projects. Doesn’t have resin or glue in it. Website:

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