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Uses for Cotton Bowl Cozies

Mary ConleyDear Friends,

I'm excited to tell you about some fun I had over the holiday season with a new sewing craft I discovered. In the late fall, my husband, Larry, and I went to a huge craft show to see our friend's photography booth. While there, we scouted the whole place to see what was and wasn't selling. We had the most fun buying doll clothes for our granddaughter for Christmas! We also saw a lot of cloth, bowl, heat protectors, which are sometimes called bowl cozies. I looked up how to make them on the internet, purchased my supplies, and made two small ones for my kitchen. Because the material, padding, and thread are all 100-percent cotton, the cozies can be put into the microwave while heating food and then taken to the table without burning your hands.

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Larry — who loves canned soup for lunch — latched on to them right off. I have used them for oatmeal.

I'm not going to show you how to make the cozies, but here is the link to the site I liked best: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZgv3vwvlsY. This seamstress makes it so simple. 

Below are two cozies I made with one side of a pair of old blue jeans:

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So, why am I writing this post if I’m not going to explain how to make the cozies? Well, I want to tell you two ways I used them over the holidays.

For gifts: I gave them to my friends for Christmas, and I especially had fun when I entertained four friends from our old neighborhood for our annual holiday lunch. I first passed a stack of several cozies around the table so each friend could choose one to keep, and then I served their soup in them! One of my soup choices was potato, so I only kept it warm on the stove so as not to scorch it and then finished heating it in the microwave using one of the cozies. I'm sorry to say that I was so busy with the luncheon that I forgot to take photos, but the ladies were all excited to receive their gift. 

For my china: I made medium size cozies that fit my serving dishes.

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When I served Christmas Eve dinner with linens and china, I put the hot serving dishes right in the cloth cozies, which made passing easier and hot pads unnecessary when setting the bowls on our mirrored table. 

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I adjusted the pattern to fit my oblong serving bowl.

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I would never put my china in the microwave, but the cotton cozies can also be used with my everyday serving dishes. I'm sure they will get plenty of use.

Happy sewing and entertaining!