Vintage Bandana Bowl Covers

Vintage Bandana Bowl Covers

Summertime- particularly around Memorial Day or July 4th– is typically dotted with any number of BBQs, picnics, and outdoor parties. I love a good potluck and always look wistfully at my collection of antique stoneware bowls while filling a plain Rubbermaid bowl with pasta salad as I prep for a party.

Vintage stone mixing bowls / www.sadieseasongoods.com

All my pretty bowls…

Why the wistfulness, you may be asking? Well, those lovely vintage bowls are coverless. Sure, there’s plastic cling wrap and aluminum foil, but those tend to blow away at the first hint of a breeze…and they also just don’t look all that cute on a fabulous old bowl.

So…I set out to fix that! This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

I found a collection of vintage bandanas on Etsy…a little tattered, a little faded, but certainly washable (and I definitely washed them!) and perfect for repurposing.

Vintage bandanas for repurpose and upcycle / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Soft, worn vintage bandanas

Why not create reusable, washable elasticized bowl covers with these vintage bandanas??

And guess what? That’s what I did! To honor the upcoming I Independence Day holiday, I decided to pair a deep red bandana with my grandmother’s old blue bowl!

How to repurpose a bandana into a reusable bowl cover by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Made for each other!

To create a bowl cover, I first spread out my bandana and placed my upturned bowl in the middle…getting it as evenly centered as possible.

How to repurpose a bandana into a reusable bowl cover by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

It even has a round design in the center- perfect for bowl covers!

How to repurpose a bandana into a reusable bowl cover by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Right in the middle…

Then, I used a measuring tape to measure between 1½” – 2” out from the bowl’s edge. For these old stoneware bowls with a large lip, I went with 2”. But 1½” would work just fine for most other bowls. Using a fabric pencil, I made dashed lines here and there at the 2” mark.

How to repurpose a bandana into a reusable bowl cover by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

My favorite vintage measuring tape!

After I had enough dashes to guide me, I cut out my circle of bandana fabric.

How to repurpose a bandana into a reusable bowl cover by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Don’t worry- I’m saving the scraps!*

I ironed my circle and then broke out my sewing machine. Around the entire raw edge, I used an overcast stitch to help keep it from fraying. A rolled hem would be neater, but I liked the rustic look of a little fray coming through.

How to repurpose a bandana into a reusable bowl cover by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Don’t look TOO closely at my sewing machine skills.

Adding elastic was the only thing left! I used ¼” knit elastic which I initially pinned to the fabric on the “wrong” side, approximately ¾” in from the edge. I then used a zig-zag stitch all along the elastic- but the secret to making these fit snugly on your bowl is to pull the elastic taut the entire time you’re sewing it to the fabric.

How to repurpose a bandana into a reusable bowl cover by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Yes…that’s Cottonball fur you see to the left of my fabric…

It sounds more difficult than it is! Trust me, you’ll get the hang of it quickly.

Then it became a game to steer the entire thing with just the pulled elastic.

And then I was done! It looked like a little granny shower cap- but it fit over my bowl absolutely perfectly!

How to repurpose upcycle a bandana into a reusable bowl cover by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Well, would you look at that? Too.Much.Cuteness.

I loved my red one so much that kept making more! I can never stop at making one…

How to repurpose upcycle a bandana into a reusable bowl cover by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

So cute!

How to repurpose upcycle a bandana into a reusable bowl cover by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

WATERMELON COMBO!!

Aren’t those the cutest? And ya’ll know I love anything that is both reusable and easy to wash!! And if you want your own, I may have some for sale in my Etsy shop!!

Craft on!

S

*And yes, I kept ALL of my bandana scraps…keep an eye out for another bandana project soon. 😉


 

 

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Comments

  1. I just donated all of my bandannas! *sigh* this is brilliant

  2. chris aka monkey says:

    this is the cutest idea, i will have to break out the sewing machine i am not sure where it is ,but it is in the house some where ha ha xx

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Haha!! Mine has taken up permanent residence on the dining room table. 😉

      • vomsters says:

        My daughter moved out a few years ago to go to university. I promptly turned her bedroom into my craft room 😉

  3. They are gorgeous, I guess if you really felt the urge to wear them you could use them as shower caps 😉

  4. How cute! Thank you for the tutorial!

  5. These are great! What a great idea for a summer get-together!

  6. So colorful, and, cute. Great idea.

  7. I absolutely love this idea!! So creative and cute.

  8. Thanks for showing us how to do this. Those are adorable!

  9. How cute are those?!? Thanks for the tutorial!!

  10. So cute AND practical – doesn’t get better than that!
    My nan made some from lace and crocheted a beaded edging to weigh them down. I wonder where they ended up? I remember thinking how lovely they were when I was little.

  11. Oh this is so clever! I’m always fiddling with plastic wrap that doesn’t stick or foil that tears – this is a MUCH better solution!

  12. These are so sweet! Thank you for sharing. Need to share this on my FB page, Isabella’s Whimsy…going there right now.

  13. This is awesome! What a great way to reduce, reuse, and upcycle! Now if I just weren’t so intimidated by elastic! : ) Pinning this gem now; thank you!

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      At least for this project, elastic is easy!! It was my first time working with it and after I go over the initial fear (which had more to do with snapping it in my face accidentally), then it was a breeze! You can definitely do it. 🙂

  14. Cute covers! I will have to make them! Thanks!
    – Little Miss Dexterous

  15. This is seriously such an awesome project. The bandanas works perfectly as bowl covers.

  16. This is such a clever idea!!! I never ever thought of creating a cover for my coverless bowls! Now, I know what to do about that…

  17. Fabulous! Thanks for sharing!

  18. These bandanna covers are just too cute!!! I pinned it earlier today and just saw you again @ The Pin Junkie. I’ve never sewn elastic before but I am gonna have to try after seeing this post. We are always eating outdoor and this is the perfect solution!

  19. That is creative and cute.

  20. This is so cute! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  21. These are adorable!

  22. Oh wouldn’t that make a nice hostess or housewarming gift a bowl of something with a handmade to fit cover.

  23. 24cottonwoodlane says:

    This is the cutest idea! I’d love to share this on my weekend features post this weekend if you’re ok with that. I always link back to the original author. 🙂

  24. Would a waterproofing spray like Scotchguard work to keep moisture in and be easier to clean? Or does Scitchguard only last thru one use? I have my old sewing machine up, but the new one is still in its box. You’ve given me a reason to swap them out! Thanks

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Hi, Terri! I’d be too afraid that the spray would somehow come in contact with my food…but other people have talked about cutting up a plastic shower liner (cheap from Bed Bath & Beyond) and sewing that into the whole thing. They then have to be handwashed, but that’s ok- I love the idea of adding in the plastic liner!!

      • I was worried about the chemical contamination, too, but thought there might be another product out there I didn’t know about. Shower curtain idea is great! Now, if my new sewing machine doesn’t get indigestion from sewing plastic…..

      • chilebeanz says:

        Cheap plastic shower caps from the dollar store (and always save them from hotel stays) underneath will provide instant protection from spills while traveling to/from a potluck or picnic, and keep moisture in while refrigerated. Those scraps can make Mason jar covers, too!

    • I’ve read that you can solve that problem by melting beeswax on the cloth prior to sewing the cover. I haven’t tried it yet, but there are a lot of tutorials explaining how to do it.

  25. Living on a very tight budget I like to recycle, save money, & also go for healthier options when possible, these covers do all this & look great too, thank you for sharing 🙂

  26. Lucy Johnson says:

    What is “cottonball fur”?

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Hi, Lucy!! Cottonball is my crafting apprentice cat…he’s in a lot of my blog posts and photos. Sorry for the confusion- he actually has his own fan base through my blog! 🙂

  27. Hey do you think we could just use a shower cap.? I don’t sew.

    • Kathy, you really need to learn to sew, it’s so fun and relaxing. I’m sure you would love creating. This would be a great project to start on.

    • I do that all the time..even saved those I didn’t use from the hotel. ..

  28. What a great idea! I have tons of bandanas lying around my house just waiting for a cool craft like this. I am hosting a Link Party this Thursday on my blog http://www.inthenewhouse.com and I would love for you to stop by and share one of your craft ideas. Hope to see you there! –Lela

  29. These are so cute and so handy! I definitely needs to make these before my next potluck at my mom’s 🙂
    –Brittany
    http://www.diyjustcuz.com

  30. Such a great idea! I have a collection of Bandanas (I buy one each year from cancer research fundraisers) Think I will be pulling them out and getting creative now 🙂

  31. I love this idea! PInned & shared. I hope I get a chance to make some soon. They’d come in handy.

  32. Sarah –

    These are adorable! I love how you repurposed the bandannas! Plus I HATE fighting with cling wrap. It never seems to cling to my bowls. Thank you so much for sharing at Dream. Create. Inspire. Link! I can’t wait to see what you come up with this week!

  33. This is such a cute idea and so functional! I wish I could sew 🙂

    I stopped by from Frugal Crafty Home.

  34. mommyhon333 says:

    Your bowls and bowl covers are so useful and adorable that I might have to start sewing to make them. Had a sewing machine years ago and made one very simple sundress and that was it. Ta-Da, no more sewing. I think I could do this, though. Thank you for a simple, functional DIY with clear, easy-to-follow directions. http://onceuponatimehappilyeverafter.com

  35. Thanks you SO much for sharing this on my Grandma Ideas link party. I really appreciate it!

  36. I love, love, love this! I going to make a few for gifts and myself of course ;0)

  37. Adorable! Thanks for sharing with Friday Favorites. Hope you will link with us again! Michelle OurCraftyMom

  38. Such a great idea! I have a ton of bandanas and bowls that didn’t come with covers. I may have to make some of my own! Thanks for sharing this wonderful idea!!

    Navy Wifey Peters @ The Submarine Sunday Link Party

  39. I love his idea and the though of not having to purchase plastic wrap again sounds wonderful.
    Thanks for the tutorial.
    Carole

  40. I had never thought of making these with fabric and yours are so charming. I’ve never been much of a fan of plastic wrap – it’s always better at sticking to itself than the bowl or plate I’m trying to cover.

  41. OH!!! These are SO DANG CUTE!!! Thanks so much for taking the time to link up with us over at the #HomeMattersParty – we hope to see you again on Friday!

  42. Very cute I see you used1/4 elastic, depending on the size of bowl 8′, 10′, 12′ or larger how much elastic did you use. Did I miss that in the directions. Love the idea especially since I live in
    Texas. Thanks so much

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      No elastic measuring required! I just pinned one end to the fabric, stitched it all round while keeping it pulled taut, and then snipped off the end after overlapping by 1/2″. Doesn’t get much easier than that!

  43. Jennifer says:

    How did you determine how much elastic to use? Just pulled it tight around the bowl and then cut it or measured the opening and subtracted a few inches?

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      No elastic measuring required! I just pinned one end to the fabric, stitched it all round while keeping it pulled taut, and then snipped off the end after overlapping by 1/2″. Doesn’t get much easier than that!

  44. Great idea! Thanks so much for sharing. 🙂

  45. Jann Olson says:

    Oh these are so darn cute! I’ve got some bandanas, now I just need to get some elastic. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

  46. These are just adorable! Thanks for sharing your tutorial.

  47. I just love these bowl covers. Such a great idea! Thanks for linking up at Inspiration Thursday! Hope to see you next week!

  48. Best idea ever!! You are so so talented! I love that you shared this on MMM!! Pinned because it’s awesome! Hope to see you on Sunday night! 🙂
    Cathy

  49. Christine B. says:

    These are just so adorable AND practical! It definitely makes me want to learn how to sew too. Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Merry Monday! We hope you’ll join us again starting Sunday evening! 🙂

  50. These are great! Thanks for sharing at the Motivational Monday link party – I’m featuring it at this week’s party! Have a great weekend!

    Danielle
    SewMuchCrafting.com

  51. Shelley Miller says:

    Hi, thank you for sharing the how-to of these darling useful bowl covers. How did you decide how much elastic to use? Is an overcast stitch possible on a regular machine or on a serger only? Thank you!

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      No elastic measuring required! I just pinned one end to the fabric, stitched it all round while keeping it pulled taut, and then snipped off the end after overlapping by 1/2″. Doesn’t get much easier than that! And I just have a regular machine, not a serger. I did have to switch out the foot, though, for the overcast.

  52. Melissa Shultz says:

    Love these! Pinning to definitely make some of these later.

  53. Lesley Gilbert says:

    A great tutorial – no bandana’s available but I’m sure I’ll have ‘some’ suitable fabric 🙂

  54. Betty L. says:

    Not to make this more complicated, but you’ll do yourself a favor if you use a ball point needle to sew elastic. It’s a knit, which sews best with a ball point needle.

  55. Linda Snively says:

    I have been making these for awhile now- they make great gifts. I use thin clear plastic from Walmart to line the inside of the bowl covers. Now orders or moisture come from inside the bowl. I love to use them on my collection of old Pyrex bowls.

  56. Thanks for the cute idea!! here’s an idea that you can use with your scraps! 🙂 http://www.scatteredthoughtsofacraftymom.com/2014/06/no-sew-simple-fabric-bracelet-tutorial.html

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Thanks, Beth!! And, ironically, I *AM* thinking of a jewelry idea for the scraps!! 😉

  57. Did you cut your elastic the length of the circumference of the bowl or a little shorter? If you mentioned the length I missed it, sorry.

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      No worries, Sandy- and no elastic measuring required! I just pinned one end to the fabric, stitched it all round while keeping it pulled taut, and then snipped off the end after overlapping by 1/2″. Doesn’t get much easier than that!

  58. Do you sell them?

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Hi, Bev- not at this time, but if I decide to in the future, would you like me to let you know?

  59. Instead of sewing a shower cap to them you could use them to hold plastic wrap in place

  60. JoDee Stepp says:

    Love this

  61. Hi,what about using, iron-on vinyl, on the back of the fabric.

  62. so…I love these….have been using them for years but mine have plastic liners so the food stays frest and not so easy to leak…got any idea what to use…am thinking some not so heavy plastic that you would use to cover a tableclothe???…just a thought…great job on tut tho’….thanx

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Thanks, Jan! A lot of folks have great ideas for this if you scroll through other comments- oil cloth, beeswax, etc. 🙂

  63. If u don’t want to get anything on the bandana u can cut up a shower curtain and line them

  64. Use pining shears for the edges…cute idea!

  65. Meant pinking shears

  66. Now THAT is creative! Well done!

  67. Love this idea. Thank you for posting. Just adorable.

  68. Great idea and they came out so cute! Still usable for all the goodbye to summer picnics!

  69. Excelente me gustan sus trabajos los voy a hacer felicidades

  70. I wonder if you could back it with a plastic shower curtain from the dollar store to help protect the bandana from the contents of the bowl. Like for transport.

  71. i think gingham check would look so cute.. plan to make them this spring but would definitly use foil over my food bowel first.. I also plan to make these lids to go over 9×13 cake plates and other sizes and shapes I have .. taking a nice casserole with this kind of lid to church functions and family picnics will be a conversation piece for sure.. I might even start selling them..who knows? 🙂 good idea.

  72. I just bought some at a second hand shop for $1 like new

  73. These are very cute, however the only problem is that these covers do not seal in moisture, so the food can dry out…or leak all over your picnic basket. Not so cute but very efficient when there’s no snap-on cover: unused shower caps or even a plastic grocery bag on a large bowl, then tie the ends.

  74. Would it work on these to coat them in bees wax to make it a natural “wax paper” to keep things from going stale quicker? I saw a tutorial about making muslin this way, thought it might work for this as well Super cute by the way! 😉

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Thanks! A lot of folks have mentioned the beeswax idea- I’ve never tried it but it sounds like a great addition!

  75. If you beeswax them then they’d be washable! What a neat idea!

  76. Sandy Hinde says:

    I love them, I would have to use remnant fabric though, cause my precious poochies get the bandanas

  77. This is a real winner….tall Texan….Love it

  78. I love this idea! What a great alternative to wasteful, plastic cling wrap!

  79. Oh my gosh…what a cute idea!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  80. Love these, esp. since they are so simple and you can pick up bandanas anywhere. I’ve been wanting dish covers for awhile but haven’t gotten around to buying (or making) any. Very cute!

  81. These are great! You could use flannel back vinyl tablecloths (they’re cheap at Big Lots & such), I have quite the collection in different prints including the big ol’ checks (so country-looking). You can hand wash ’em and hang out on the clothesline if needed.

  82. Great idea and super cute too. Thank you for sharing at Vintage Charm. sb

  83. Those are adorable! I pinned the post to my sewing board so I can make a set for myself. Thanks for sharing!

  84. these are a great idea for breadmaking. When I’m letting my sourdough rise, I like to cover it, but don’t want the cover air tight.

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      You are so right!! Definitely perfect for letting the dough rise- Thanks for stopping by!!

  85. You’re right, who wants plastic wrap and aluminium foil after seeing these cuties? Awesome idea and I love the bandana style for BBQ’s. You’re genius!

  86. So many good ideas; yours and in the comments. Have you tried making one without cutting, so you get decorative points? Or instead of sewing down 1/8″ or 1/4″ elastic, sewing over elastic cord? And if you have the right kind of machine (& plan to take the covers to potlucks) embroider your name on the bandana 1st.

  87. Is it essential to pre-cut, or could you just stitch the elastic on, like for bigger bowls? Thanks and great idea!

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Hey, Jen- I actually didn’t pre-cut the elastic (I think that’s in the blog post). I just stretched-and-stitched until I was all the way around…that way, I didn’t waste any. 🙂 Hopefully that answers your question.

  88. I think these would be cute to use on a plastic bowl with a lid to bring to potluck and once you are there, put it on the bottom of bowl to make the bowl look cute on the table and keep the lid with the bowl depending on the shape of the bowl.

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