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Zero Waste Elastic Bowl Covers

By: Heather Mayes from
Zero Waste Elastic Bowl Covers
Zero Waste Elastic Bowl Covers

"Make your own elastic bowl covers to save your food, waste and money. This is a great project to practice sewing binding without a lot of risk as you might with a quilt or larger project. Stretch a bowl cover over a plate, mug or bowl to save food as you would use plastic wrap. The covers are washable and reusable making them a wonderful option for moving toward a zero waste lifestyle, or if you just like to save money and have pretty things in your kitchen. A set of three in coordinating fabric makes a great gift!"

NotesIf you are making more than one elastic bowl cover, trace the circle on multiple pieces of fabric and cut. This saves time tracing and making a seam allowance on each.

Project TypeMake a Project

Time to CompleteUnder an hour

Sewn byMachine


Materials List

  • Fabric quarters
  • Bowl(s)
  • 1/4" Elastic
  • Bias Tape


  1. Trace bowl, face down, on wrong side of fabric with marking pen.

  2. Use a seam gauge to mark a 1" circle around the first circle.

  3. Cut out the circle with scissors.

  4. Unfold bias tape.

  5. Pin bias tape around the circle's edge with right sides together.

  6. Over lap edges 1/2" and trim excess.

  7. Sew along the crease of the bias tape.

  8. Fold bias tape around other side.

  9. Iron bias tape down.

  10. Top stitch close to the edge around the circle.

  11. Measure elastic around the top of the bowl.

  12. Subtract 5" and cut.

  13. Place a safety pin at one end of the elastic.

  14. Insert safety pin between the fabric and bias tape until you reach the other side.

  15. Overlap ends of elastic and sew together.

  16. Place elastic in opening.

  17. Top stitch to close.

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