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.
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.
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!
The Making of a Bandana Bowl Cover
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.
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.
After I had enough dashes to guide me, I cut out my circle of bandana fabric.
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.
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.
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.
The Big Reveal
And then I was done! It looked like a little granny shower cap- but it fit over my bowl absolutely perfectly!
I loved my red one so much that kept making more! I can never stop at making one…
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!!
*And yes, I kept ALL of my bandana scraps…keep an eye out for another bandana project soon. 😉