Saturday, December 11, 2010

SEWING SQUARE AND CURVED MICRO POTATO BAG


SEWING THE SQUARE AND CURVED MICROWAVE BAGS
One of the simple gifts I make is a Microwave Potato Bag.  This bag I have used to warm up roll and tortillas in the microwave.  Have thawed and warmed up frozen waffles and pancakes also.  I especially like it for dinner rolls from the freezer to the microwave bag to my plate.
This makes a good gift for anyone with a microwave.
I did this in a hurry so if you do not understand a step just e-mail me.


SUPPLIES
A pattern-to create pattern click here.  Microwave Pattern
Square Bag-5/8 yard-Curved Bag 3/4 yard of decorative fabric-preferably 100% cotton
Square Bag-5/8 yard-Curved Bag 3/4 yard of lining material-preferably 100% cotton
Square Bag-5/8 yard-Curved Bag 3/4 yard of batting - See Note
Sewing Pins
Matching Thread
Scissors
Trim of your choice


NOTE: Make sure you use a good brand of batting.  I did get one that burnt on me.    So now I try to make sure it is not from China.  I have used non-cotton quilt batting with no problem too.
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1.  Cut out your fabric of choice, fabric lining, batting of choice.


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I have used the 100% cotton batting but prefer the synthetic type fluffs more and works better.  I do like to use the cotton fabric.


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You can fold your pattern lengthwise and cut on the fold.
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2.  Now stack your fabric in this order.  Fabric lining, Fabric of choice, batting of choice.  As you see in the picture above for both bags.
3.  Sq Bag-Pin either ends of your material (top and bottom)


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4.  Cut out two pieces of wax paper. Place the wax paper under the batting.  This will allow the batting to run smoothly through the feed dogs of the sewing machine.


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5.  So that I can clearly see the 1/2" mark for my seam through the wax paper I have place a "post it note" on my sewing machine.


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6.  Sq. Bag-Using your post it note as a guide and your wax paper placed under your batting, sew your top and bottom seam.
6.  Curved Bag-You only sew the top part of (both) curved bag pieces, not the curved edge


turn right side out
Your square potato bag should look like this after the seams are sewn.
7.  Now turn right side out
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Both sections of your curved bag will look like this after the top is sew on all 3 layers.  As you can see the lining, fabric and batting.
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8.  Press both of your seams on square bag. Your batting should be in the middle.


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8. Curved Bag-Press top seam. Your batting will be in the middle of your fabric and lining.
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9.  Sq. Bag-top stitch on the top and bottom edge of bag.  AT THIS TIME ADD YOUR RICK-RACK OR TRIM OF CHOICE. On the top I placed a piece of rick rack for fun. The bottom edge  1/2" seam from end of bag, and then another seam down approximately 1/4" from edge.  


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9.    Curved Bag-top stitch on the pressed top of both bag pieces as shown.  It is a little hard to see the seam on the lower piece.  It is 1/4' down from top and then another 1/2' down from the top.


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10.  Curved Bag-At this point you will pin the 2 curved edges at the bottom and side as seen above.
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11.   Sq. Bag-Turn down the top edge 2" and pin. SEE NOTE BELOW.
11.  Curved Bag-Turn down the top edge 1 1/2 " to the inside of the bag and pin in place.



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NOTE:  Square Bag-When working with a one way design you must lay your material in the direction that will come right side up when finished.  As you can see in step 11 and the picture above the material looks as if it is laid upside down.  But when you pull the bottom up it will be right side up in the front of the square bag.


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12. Sq. Bag-Bring the bottom edge up and place the bottom edge OVER THE TOP turned down 2".
12.  Curved Bag- You do not have to turn the bottom edge up.  Just turn down the top edge 1 1/2" down.

12.  Sq. Bag-Pin both sides of your square potato bag and sew from bottom to the top 1/2".
12.  Curved Bag-Pin curved bottom and sides with the folded down top edge underneath (same as step 12).
Sew bottom and sides all the way to the top 1/2".
sewed side seams
Sq. Bag-should look like picture above.


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Curved bag-should look like picture above.
completed side seam
13.  Both Bags-Trim your seams and zig-zag the edge or use your surger to prevent raveling.


finished sq pot bag
14.  Just turn your square bag (picture above) and curved bag (picture below) bag right side out and you are finished and ready to use your bag.


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HOW YOUR BAG WORKS
The steam in the bag helps the food to not get too done on one side and not on the other and gives it a more in oven texture and taste.


DO NOT use POTATO CYCLE or OTHER CYCLES on your microwave!
Your microwave sensors the steam and because the steam is trapped in the bag it cannot do its normal function.  The steam in the bag helps the food to not get to dried out or over done in spots  gives it a more in oven texture and taste.


DIRECTIONS FOR USING YOUR BAG
1.  Wash your bag in the washing machine and dry in your dryer. (this will fluff up the batting).
2.  Place 2-3 NOT PRICKED  potatoes in the middle of your bag.
3.  Place bag in the middle of your microwave and bake for 3-4 minutes or until potatoes are done.
4.  Dinner Rolls (15 seconds, Tortillas (depends on number) , Biscuits (15 seconds), Corn on the cob (3 minutes), Winter squash (4-5 minutes) can all be done in the bag.
ALL MICROWAVE VARY SO THE TIME DEPENDS ON YOUR MICROWAVE.  Start with less and add more time.
As with all microwaves anything can burn so make sure you have not put too much time on when programing your microwave.  "Been there done that." and it was not a pretty site or fun to clean up.
SO BE SAFE & ENJOY YOUR BAG


    


3 comments:

Anonymous said...

IM SO EXCITED about this project! I have very little experience with sewing. Two quick questions- do I sew the way paper in with the fabric and then pull it off?? And is parchment paper ok to use...or is that the same thing? (dont bake much either) THANK YOU!!

nanasknoll said...

Anonymous

So glad you are excited about this sewing project.
No you do not sew the wax paper in. It is just used to make a pattern piece. You can use any paper that you want for a pattern. I have used newspaper, drafting paper, etc. Wax paper is just cheap and you can see through it. ENJOY

ginkgokid said...

Your tutorial is the best one I've seen! I've made the bags for gifts and wanted to see the 'instructions for use' to include with them. Your instructions have the most useful information. THANK YOU!