SATURDAY SEWING: Making a Microwave Bowl with the Janome Skyline S3

Have you ever taken something out of the microwave and burned your fingers because the bowl is so hot? I like to make microwave bowls that are cute and use up small pieces of fabric. They also make great last minute gifts  – like a house warming gift.

The Janome Skyline S3 is a great sewing machine to use to make microwave bowls. It sews through several layers of fabric and batting with ease. 

Please scroll to the bottom of this post for sources of where to find more information and inspiration for sewing with the Janome Skyline S3. 

Cut 2 pieces of fabric 10″ by 10″. You can use the same fabric or two different fabrics. Cut 2 pieces of batting 10″ by 10″. Make sure you use 100% cotton batting. It is very important that ONLY 100% cotton fabric and batting (with no scrim) is used for safety reasons. Other battings and fabrics with poly content do not do well with the high heat of a microwave.

Layer a fabric square on top of a batting square and pin in place.

Use a marking pen and make an X on the fabric.

Sew through the X to quilt the fabric to the batting piece. Repeat for second fabric/batting piece.

Fold one piece in half and mark with a pin.

Mark two inches from the top and one inch from the fold. Draw a line from point to point and sew on line.

When you fold the two pieces in half make sure that the fabric is laying flat inside. When you fold the batting and fabric in half, the fabric can easily buckle like this.

This is what it should look like.

Start sewing at the top to the fold. Reverse at the fold.

Repeat this on all four sides of both pieces.

Trim off to 1/8″.

Repeat on the other 7 folds.

This is what each piece should look like.

Pin right sides together matching corners and seams.

Ensure you pin between the seams and corners as well, otherwise the fabric could slip and not catch and look like this. Then you have to turn inside out again to resew.

Sew all the way around leaving a 3 to 4 inch gap for turning the project right side out.

Once turned right side out, pin the opening closed and around the entire project.

Sew all the way around at 1/4″ seam. You can sew a second seam about an inch from the edge if you want to.

From start to finish, this project took me 45 minutes.

I have gone to the dollar store and purchased bowls and filled with candy or chocolate to give as a gift. I wrap in a cello bag and top off with a pretty ribbon.

Fabulous gift under $20.00 and an hour of your time.

Some of my favorite buttons on the Skyline S3 are these:

  • The needle up down should be pressed twice before using the needle threader. This is a great habit to have so you will never bend your needle threader and it will work the way it is supposed to.
  • If you don’t like the look when you reverse your stitches, use the lock stitch button. This will do several stitches in the same place, locking the stitches in place.
  • The reverse button is just a push away to reverse your stitching to stop your stitches from loosening once you cut your threads off.
  • And last, but not least the Start / Stop button. You can use this instead of the foot pedal. Some people like it better.

Happy Sewing.


About Anne Stitcher

I have been an Educator with Janome for several years now. Crafting is my passion. I love to sew, quilt, crochet, knit, cross-stitch, scrapbook, paper tole and cook. I have so many hobbies. I am always doing something. I love to use my skills to help people in need and to pass on my knowledge to others. Happy Sewing!
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2 Responses to SATURDAY SEWING: Making a Microwave Bowl with the Janome Skyline S3

  1. FH says:


    I just read your page on making microwave bowl covers.

    I was surprised you do not mention safety precautions of using only 100% cotton fabric and 100% cotton thread.

    You do mention cotton batting but do not advise NO SCRIM in the cotton batting.

    Please include these safety precautions in your instructions to keep everyone safe.

    Thank you.



    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Frances,

      Thank you for your comment although we did have this precaution in bold type and we did say that non cotton does not do well in the microwave. I added a sentence about No scrim.

      Janome Canada


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