Summer weather has finally arrived in my area, and that means picnics, BBQ’s and potlucks will be the weekend’s activities for the next several weeks! This week, I made a few fabric bowl covers to keep the chip dip and fruit salad covered up while in transit or waiting for guests to arrive. They turned out super cute, so I thought I'd show you what I did!
I gathered up the bowls I typically use for Summer entertaining and narrowed them to three sizes. I measured across the top of one of the large bowls and then added a couple of inches to each side for my cover measurement.
The bowl was about 11” across, so I cut a square of fabric about 15½” x 15½”.
Fold the square in quarters using a napkin fold. Measure from the center point to the middle of the outside flat edge.
I rotated my ruler, little by little, maintaining the same measurement from the center point. I used a Hera marker to score a line as I went.
Once the line was scored on the folded square, I used my rotary cutter to cut along the line making a perfect circle.
Now to add some fun :) I used a medium-sized rick-rack and stitched it down along the front raw edge of the circle. Make sure to turn the starting end up about ¼” and overlap the finishing end to make a clean transition.
Turn the rick-rack under to the back side, leaving just one edge showing on the front side. Topstitch in place to secure the raw edge to the underside.
I used a thin elastic beading cord to gather up the cover. I cut a piece just about the same diameter as the top edge of the bowl, plus a little tail to tie it off. I pulled it snug when I measured it to ensure a good fit.
I scored a new line about 2” from the rick-rack edge on the underside of the cover.
Place the beading cord elastic on the score line and zig-zag stitch over the top. I use the widest zig-zag, so the stitches land on either side of the elastic and not through it. This way, I can adjust my gathers after it is sewn. Pull it kinda tight as you go, so the gathers are mostly in the right place.
Tie the two ends together in a tight square knot and clip the tails off.
And here’s my first one!
The happy little family waiting for the guests to arrive :) …and how about that Lemonade Pie?! You can also easily make this pie, gluten-free or dairy-free, and I’ve included both recipes for you. If you need a quick crowd-pleaser for a summer get-together, this is a must-make pie!
Happy Sunday everyone!
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