I am excited to be participating in Laura Bray’s Fork It Over Blog Hop. She selected bloggers to make a project with her new fabric she designed. You can find the Fork It Over fabric at Spoonflower. A big thank you to Laura for sending me a fat quarter of her super cute fabric to create with.
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I had so many ideas for what to do with this fabric. I thought it would be cute to embellish a kitchen towel with a strip of the fabric, or even make a sweet apron with it. Ultimately, I settled on creating a cover for my KitchenAid mixer bowl.
I love my KitchenAid mixer. For those of you who have one can attest to, they are a little bit bulky and fairly heavy. My cabinets in my kitchen are not very big. The only place I can store my mixer out of site is in a cabinet above my head, and that just isn’t safe! So, it sits out on my counter all the time. And because it sits out all the time, the inside of the bowl can get dusty and food crumbs can fall into it between uses. I don’t like having to wash out the bowl every time! A fat quarter is a perfect size to make a Kitchenaid mixer bowl cover for yourself.
KitchenAid Mixer Bowl Cover
- KitchenAid stand mixer with bowl
- Fat quarter of fabric (Fork It Over)
- 1/4″ elastic
- Sewing machine and coordinating thread
First, you will measure out how big you need your circle to be. Place your bowl, top side down onto the wrong side of your fabric. Using a compass, set the distance between the point and the pencil to be about 2 inches. Using the point of the compass as a guide, trace around the outside edge of your bowl.
Note: Since your bowl may be slightly different than the one I have, I am sharing general directions on how to get a good measurement for your particular bowl.
Cut out your circle of fabric.
I found a helpful hint for hemming a curve of fabric at By Hand London. The method I chose to create my hem was the first one listed. Since my elastic was 1/4″ wide, I wanted a hem that ended up being 3/8″ wide. It is only slightly bigger than the elastic. Start by sewing a straight stitch around the entire circle at 3/8″. Using the stitches as your guide, turn in your hem and iron.
Repeat this step again, this time using the ironed edge as your guide to turn the fabric in for the second time. I would recommend pinning as you go to keep everything in place. You may have to gather your fabric a little along the back since you have curved edges.
Sew as close to the folded edge as possible. Be sure to leave an inch or two at the end to be able to open to insert your elastic.
Using the top edge of your bowl as a guide, measure how much elastic you will need. I stretched the elastic around the top edge and cut it. You want the elastic to be pretty tight around the bowl.
To add your elastic, start by taking a safety pin and pinning it to one end of your elastic. Slide the safety pin through your opening in your fabric hem. It is much easier to pull the safety pin around the inside of the hem than the thin elastic.
Once you get around to the other side, you will use your sewing machine to attach the two ends of the elastic together. You can use a straight stitch or a zig-zag stitch for this.
Then, finish off the opening of your seam by sewing it closed. Your KitchenAid mixer bowl cover is ready to keep your bowl nice and clean!
Be sure to stop by Laura’s blog to see all the rest of the projects using her fun new fabric! Fork It Over Blog Hop
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