Let’s Do Some Stitchin’ for the Kitchen

by | Apr 21, 2021 | 28 comments

Welcome, everyone, to my day on the In the Kitchen Stitchin’ Blog Hop, hosted by the talented Carla of Creatin’ in the Sticks!! Thanks for hosting this fun hop, Carla! I can tell you, my kitchen needed some new stitched goodness!

C&T Publishing recently provided me with the book Sew Home in the Kitchen to review. The book has so many great hot and cool insulated projects, and this blog hop gave me the perfect opportunity to try out a couple of them. They also provided me with an insulated interfacing product called Insul-Fleece. Some of you may be familiar with it.

After perusing the book, I found two projects I wanted to try. One of them is also on my PHD 2021 list, so definitely a win-win! That project was to make a couple of bowl cozies for us. I had purchased this stack of 10″ squares a year or so ago, with no particular purpose in mind until last fall when I decided to make bowl cozies with them. That was about as far as I got with that idea! But, we love soup and usually have it at least once a week and these would make it so easy to reheat soup in the microwave! While there is nothing in this bowl, I present to you one of the bowl cozies! It just so happens, I used some of this 10″ square set in the table topper you see underneath the cozy. I made this topper for Carla’s Black & White Blog Hop in 2019. You can see that post here.

You must be sure to use all cotton fabric, thread and batting in the bowl cozies or you might have a melt down in the microwave! I used Wrap and Zap for the batting and Aurifil 50 wt cotton thread in my favorite neutral gray!

For my second project, I modified the “Trivet for Two” pattern from Sew Home in the Kitchen, which was a 6″ trivet. My orphan blocks were 8-1/2 inches unfinished, so I used 1/2 inch seams and then turned it, topped stitched it, and did some straight line quilting in the ditch. For this trivet, I used a test block I made during the design of my Geese on the Trail quilt and another orphan 4-patch block on the back. I will post a tutorial on this block at a later date. I used two layers of Insul-Fleece so that it would have insulation on both sides of the trivet. Here is my new trivet/pot holder! Sorry, I did not get a picture of the back, but the 4-patch is the two patches of light fabric shown, one of the orange, and one purple. Yep, gotta have a splash of purple somewhere! LOL

And here is a photo of both projects together.

The 10″ squares are from Homegrown by Deb Strain for Moda. The batiks are from 10″ squares of Vincent’s Garden, Karen Overton’s first signature line by Island Batiks.

Thank you, Carla, for this fun blog hop and for helping me check another project off my PHD list. I hope you will take a few minutes and visit my fellow bloggers today and see if they might inspire you to do some kitchen stitchin’ of your own!! Here is the schedule for today and tomorrow.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Now go, be inspired, stitch something pretty for your kitchen!

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  1. Sue D

    I like the fabrics you used for these kitchen projects.

  2. Anorina Morris

    Yay great minds think alike. I love your black and white ones. Really lovely and your trivet looks great and very useful for in the kitchen.

  3. Lj Meyers

    Super looking trivet and so useful, too. Bowl cozies are great – I need to make some (to keep).

  4. Susan

    Great looking bowl cozies!

  5. Theresa

    I really like the bowl cozies and wouldn’t mind giving those a try to make.

  6. thatfabricfeelingcom

    Lovely!!! Those cozies are on my list too and you made such beauties! I”m glad you reminded us to use all cotton. I have some of that insulated batting for pot holders, but have to remember it’s not for microwaves!!!! So thanks for the share and the safe reminder!!

  7. Kathleen McCormick

    I love your bowl cozies…so nice when two tasks come together! I have some batting stashed for this…one day I will do it!

  8. quiltinggail

    Hi Brenda! I love your bowl cosies … so pretty. And your trivet is so practical! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  9. Carol Andrews

    Love your bowl cozies Brenda. Thank you for sharing

  10. Danice G

    So many adorable bowl cozies. I definitely need to make some of these. Thank you for the tutorial.

  11. Selina

    Love both of your projects. We use bowl cozies at our house at least once a day. They are the best and they make super gifts. I received mine from a friend with bowls to match for as a gift. The bowls in your photo would be wonderful for gift giving.

    • The Joyful Quilter

      I’m SEW glad that you included a photo of that book cover in your post, Brenda! I saw it on a recent trip to the quilt store and meant to include it in mine and forgot. Lucky you getting a copy to review! My family loves bowl cozies. Enjoy your new ones!

  12. bea

    great projects! ha ha great minds think alike 🙂

  13. Karrin Hurd

    Great projects, thanks for sharing! I love our bowl cozies!

  14. stitchinggrandma

    Cute & functional. In the kitchen function is the most important. I made one bowl cozy to keep years ago and use it all the time. It fits my small corning ware and pyrex containers. I don’t put it IN the microwave though. I use it like a pot holder to carry things from the microwave to the table/counter, and to keep my container/dish warm. I’ve read all kinds of horror stories of them catching on fire in the microwave (sorry to be a downer). More often than not it happens when food splashes on the fabric, and then burns. I gather mine up and wash with the placemats and pot holders. I love the idea of using orphan blocks for pot holders.

  15. sewswift

    I love the fabrics in your bowl cozy…cute! The sweet little trivet for your table looks so pretty. Thank you for sharing!

  16. Joan

    I think bowl cozies are the best invention this century. We don’t go a day without using ours. Love your fabrics, everything looks fabulous together!

  17. Lori Smanski

    thank you for showing all your wonderful projects.

  18. Daryl

    I have only made 2 bowl cozies and I use them all the time. The pattern I found doesn’t have the pointed tips on the corners, as those are cut off in mine before sewing them, but other than that they are the same. Trivets are always handy too. I think I have seen that book before, at least the back of the book looked familiar, so enjoy making more projects from the book.

  19. rl2b2017

    Hi Brenda! I adore your bowl cozies. Aren’t they just the handiest things?!! We use our Batman-themed cozies all the time. Of course, the trivet is equally handy. Your kitchen has some new pops of color with those pretty fabrics in the trivet. ~smile~ Roseanne

  20. Carla

    I’m inspired to make some bowl cozies. I can’t believe I have none. It’s always fun to learn of new books and products. Thanks for sharing the information and thank you for joining the blog hop!

  21. mspdesignsusa

    Lovely bowl cozies! I need to make a few more of these for our kitchen, and my son has requested a couple of them too. Your table topper and trivet are great. Thanks for sharing!

  22. Carol Kussart

    Nice bowl cozies! That is something I need to make, especially since I have the batting cut and ready… I really like the trivet too–pretty colors!

  23. Annie

    Bowl cozies are fun to make with fun fabrics and then so fun to use. Your cozies are definitely fun! Your table mat is so nice and the hot pad also. I had to chuckle when you said you had to have a little purple in them somewhere. That’s a fun signature sewing detail.

  24. Julia Schweri

    I really really want to make bowl cozies with all the beautiful ones I keep seeing. Your cozies are elegant with the use of black and white. Thank you for sharing!

  25. Cindy Pieters

    Love the bowl cozies! I use mine all the time.

  26. Elizabeth Coughlin

    I love your bowl cozies; so adorable and so useful!

  27. Gail Beam

    Hi Brenda, I love your bowl cozies! The fabric you used for them is so cute and look awesome with your table topper.


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