I have made them with one layer of cotton fabric, a layer of PUL and a layer of fabric, and two layers of cotton fabric. All have worked, but for different things. The one layer of fabric was perfect for a picnic wrap. If you want to take a bowl of chips or a plate of veggies to a potluck, this is your best choice. Can be beautiful, costs next to nothing and is extremely easy to make (as you don't need to fight with two circles of fabric at any point).
The two layered fabric ones are great for those of us who don't want to use any plastic at all (PUL is a type of plastic... reusable, washable plastic that is used on baby diapers all the time... but plastic). I use these for leftovers.
However, the one that works the best IMO is the PUL/fabric mix. I have used many different types of covers for my bowls over the years of moving away from plastic wrap. This combination is the best of both worlds... it keeps food beautifully! Salad stays crisp and leftovers stay moist. I use these most often. They are all washable... I throw them in the washer with my kitchen towels and napkins and have never had a problem... although the PUL will last longer if you don't put them through the dryer.
- Sewing machine and thread
- Prewashed PUL
- Prewashed ironed cotton fabric
- 1/4 or 1/8 inch elastic
1. Cut two circles that are 1 1/2 inches wider on each side than the bowl you want to cover. I just lay my bowl down, and use a ruler to mark 1 1/2 inches wide around the circle. I have also used the next size up bowl to measure. I have a set that is graduated and I use the next bowl up for the next smaller bowl's cover and so on.2. Pin these circles in several places so they do not slip when sewing.
3. Place the two circles right sides facing out and zig zag stitch all the way around the outside of the circles. (You never turn this project.)
That's it! These are addicting... just a warning... soon you will be picking fabrics to match you kitchen and covering every bowl in the house!
A few notes:
It is the same instructions for the two layers of cotton fabric. Just substitute the fabric for PUL.
Using 1/8 inch elastic is tricky, make sure you place the side with the ridge down and sew in the trench of the elastic (pictured above). Your needle can slip off (numerous times) and annoy the crap out of you if you do not. ;)
If you do use PUL, make sure that you are sewing with the PUL part facing up. If it is facing down it will make your bobbin slip and skip stitches... I don't know why, but every time I have tried, it has made the project a mess due to skipped stitches.