Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Bowl Buddy



Last week I was visiting Linda at   http://flourishingpalms.blogspot.com/2013/06/stitchin-and-dishin.html  where I saw her posting about Bowl Buddies.  She found a tutorial for making them here  http://www.seamshappy.com/2012/08/13/microwave-bowl-pot-holder/ .

This is my go at a Bowl Buddy.  The idea is that you put a bowl into this quilted fabric bowl and do your micro wave thing.  Once your whatever is heated you can just remove it from the micro wave without benefit of a potholder because that’s pretty much what the bowl buddy’s job is.  Not to mention that it looks great micro wave to table.

So as we all know I don’t do one of anything. I kinda thought that 2 would make a better gift.  I also thought that if I were making them as  gifts they should come with  a bowl already inside.  Friday on my way home from work, I found myself at the Crate and Barrel outlet.  



I went in with Buddy in hand and found what I think is the perfect bowl at a great price.  4 bowls for $9.95 .  Well the more I looked at the 2 bowls in their Buddy’s I thought they would look great on the table if they were joined by a Trivet.  Yes there is only 1 Trivet  but if I were making this as a real gift I would make 2.  Truth be told I ran out of time.  Only got the idea for the trivet at about 9:30 Friday night. I was meeting an old friend for breakfast on Saturday morning and I wanted to give her the set and get her feedback on receiving  them as a gift.  She is one of those blatantly honest people.  She loved them and had no problem taking them home with her.  She does want the missing Trivet.




I attached tags to the pieces because the Trivet is lined with Insul Bright which can’t be micro waved. and  Buddy who can be micro waved. 

                                               


The batting Linda and I used in the buddy is called Wrap N Zap by Pellon.  It is designed for micro wavablity.   I read somewhere along the line that it is best not to use regular cotton batting for micro wave projects because it sometimes contains impurities that can burn in a micro wave.  I don’t know if that is true or not but I decided not to risk a fire or melt down. 



 The Zap and Wrap wasn’t expensive and I got it at JoAnns with either a discount or a coupon because heaven forbid we pay full price for anything we can get at Joanns.  I know I am among the fortunate, I currently pass Joanns coming home from work and have lunch in the same shopping center at least once a week.






Anyway, I am see several of these sets in my future.  I already have a request to make a set for my sister to give as a house warming present.  Can’t wait to see how that one turns out as I’m making it using HELLO KITTY fabric.  And I will be making a more traditional set for friends of mine for their new home.

Be productive. me

7 comments:

  1. I love these! I'll be stopping by my Joann's tomorrow to see if I can find the batting -- another great gift idea, thanks!

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  2. I've seen these made - they used the 'potato batt' (for the micro potato bags) which is probably the same idea as the Zap. Great gift idea.

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  3. These are in my sewing future too! I plan to enlarge the pattern to accommodate a couple of bowls I use to heat larger amounts of food in the microwave. Hoping I can find the pellon product - the JoAnns near me doesn't carry it yet. BTW - your bowl buddies look really nice with those bowls!

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  4. Great idea. I love that you made a matching trivet. I'll add this to my list.

    Hope to see pictures of the Hello Kitty set. I'm sure it will be adorable.

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  5. You've really made it special by going to extra effort to make it a set. Very nice! I hope to make more of them this fall, as Christmas/thank-you gifts to the many volunteers in my life.

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  6. Great idea - I will have to see if I can buy the Wrap N Zap Pellon in Australia ... I would like a set for myself
    Judy

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  7. I made a small, medium and large Bowl Buddy for a Mom To Be, labeled them as 'Momma Bear', 'Poppa Bear' and 'Baby Bear' and included brightly colored ceramic bowls.

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