About my microwave cozies
What is a microwave cozy? It is a wonderful little thing that protects your hands during and after the microwave process. It is great for hot glass bowls or plates especially, or hot casserole dishes. Other uses are cold things too, such as a yummy bowl of ice cream. Another use is that you can use the larger plate cozy to microwave a potato or cob of corn. Just roll it up from a corner.
The cozies can go right in the microwave and can be microwaved on high for two minute intervals. Most times you are needing to stir about then anyway.
They are machine washable and dryable but make sure not to use any of those fragrance beads or dryer sheets. The manufacturer of the specialized batting inside does not recommend it.
How I make my cozies:
Making the cozies is not too hard. A novice sewist could do it with instructions. The main thing to remember is that they always, always, must be made of 100% cotton fabric, and the thread used to construct them also must be 100% cotton. If you use a cotton/poly mixture it is pretty much guaranteed that you will have a fire. Believe me, I found out the hard way! Also use the good stuff… get the batting that is designed for the microwave. It’s is called “Insul-bright” and you can get it online as well as in the sewing shops.
This is the usual pattern base that I use to make my cozies:
I did do things a little different in order to make the job go a little quicker. I don’t like doing darts on the best of days, and each cozy requires 4 per side or 8 in all. This can be a pain to do. So with a little finagling I managed to cut the time in half basically by simply doing a “double dart” instead of single ones which meant I only had to do 4 instead of 8. It took a bit of finesse to make it lay correctly but it is possible.
What you do is instead of doing all 4 darts on one side then 4 more on the other side, you instead fold each side in half and lay them flat with the edges just touching where the dart is to go. Instead of starting at the edge and sewing towards the center to make the dart, you do the opposite, sew from inside outward making your angle out at the edge. At the edge, sew across to the second side and sew back in towards the inside, completing your dart. Snip them apart and viola two darts in the time of doing one!
One other thing I should mention, I don’t top stitch around the edge of them. I find it almost never closes the opening properly and you end up hand stitching it closed anyway. So I opted to just hand stitch them shut.
Also, my modern sewing machine tends to choke on the thickness of them so most often I make them on one of my vintage Singers. I’ve made many on my 1936 treadle machine (what a workout!), my mom’s model 99k Singer from 1955, and more recently, one of then new additions to “the herd”, my 1961 Singer 503A “Rocketeer”. They sail right through it all with ease.