There are so many ways to cook a potato, but I may have just found my new favorite. For our newest sewing project on Happiest Camper, we are going to show you How To Make A Microwave Potato Bag The Easy Way! This super simple sewing project is perfect for cooking potatoes and other veggies in the microwave. I use mine to cook sweet potatoes in the microwave. Just put the potatoes in the bag and microwave them in roughly four-minute increments for about ten minutes. You should have perfectly cooked sweet potatoes in minutes compared to the 45+ in the oven. This has been my go to method of cooking corn and other veggies too. The kids love it and I love how quick and easy it is. This is a great project to sit down and crank a few of these out. Not only will you have an extra on hand when you need to wash one, but you could also give one away to another mom friend as a gift. This little bag really is a great and convenient way to cook potatoes. I wish I had made it sooner! I picked out this super cute potato print fabric for my bag, but you could use plain fabric or whatever print you like.
You’ll need some microwaveable batting for this project as well. I used regular wrap n’ zap fabric and it works great. Gather up the rest of your sewing supplies from the list below and lets get started on this microwave potato bag!
What You’ll Need for the Potato bag:
- 1 package wrap n zap
- 1 yard of fabric
- Matching Thread
- Free Pattern
- Optional Rotary Cutter & Mat
- Measuring tape
- Thread nippers
- Sewing machine
- Fabric marker
How To Make A Microwave Potato Bag The Easy Way
I like to start all my sewing projects by washing, drying, and ironing my fabric. This helps me get clean cuts and will keep your fabric soft. Next on this how to make a microwave potato bag the easy way tutorial, you need to print and cut out your pattern. This will help you cut out the top of your bag in a nice triangle so you can fold it over your bag when you are done.
Then, cut your pieces 8 inches wide and 21 inches long from the top of the point. The base of the triangle will be at 18 inches. Cut two pieces this size.
Using one of the pieces of main fabric, cut one piece of wrap n’zap the same size.
Now on this how to make a microwave potato bag the easy way, we will start layering all our pieces. Place down the wrap n zap.
Then, place one piece of main fabric right side up.
Lasty, place another piece right side down on top of that. Pin or clip all the way around.
Now it’s time to sew! Stitch all the way around starting at the bottom, making sure to leave a hole for turning right side out. We are about halfway through this how to make a microwave potato bag sewing tutorial!
Next flip your fabric right side out so that the wrap n zap fabric is in the middle.
Press well and make sure to press where the seams are inside at the bottom. Stitch across the bottom. This will give our pocket a finished look in the next step.
Now fold the bottom up to the top about three-quarters of the way up to make a pocket. I like to fold down the top and make sure it flaps over nicely so that I know I have the placement right for the pocket.
Once you have this, press and then clip in place. Head back to the sewing machine and sew around the left, bottom, and then right sides. Leave the top open for the area to place the potato.
I like to topstitch around the triangle top for a nice finish to my bag.
And that’s it! now you know how to make a microwave potato bag! This is a super simple sewing project that you will get a lot of use out of! I love being able to cook potatoes much faster in the microwave and this bag helps them come out tasting great. You can use it for other veggies too and it works just as well. My kids will eat the potatoes I microwave better than any other way I cook them, so this bag will be getting a lot of use! Make a few of these and give them to your potato loving friends.
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How to use the microwave potato bag:
When using your microwave potato bag keep in mind you shouldn’t have your bag in the microwave for more than about 4 minutes. So for instance a large potato you will need to put it in for two 4 minutes cycles. Remember your newly sewn potato bag can be used to warm up other items as putting it in the bag helps items to not be overly dry. Remember to not use microwave presets and just us the timer.
You can do carrots, squash, zucchini and other vegetables. Always make sure to wash and dry the vegetables before cooking them with the microwave potato bag. A Tip I use is to wrap them in a damp paper towel and wrap the potato or vegetables in them as it helps to lock in that moisture as well as reduces messes. Depending on the size of the vegetable will vary the times in the microwave but as a rule of thumb is that two medium potatoes should go in your microwave potato bag for about 8 to 10 minutes depending on how soft you like your potatoes.
- Print pattern and cut.
- Cut two pieces 8 inches wide and top is about 21 inches long - the base of the triangle will be at 18 inches and then top around 21 to 22. Cut this as two whole pieces.
- Using one of the pieces cut one piece of wrap n zap the same size.
- Place down the wrap n zap. Place one piece of fabric right side up. Place another piece right side down. Pin or clip all the way around.
- Stitch starting at the bottom but leave a hole for turning right side in. Stitch all the way around.
- Then flip right side in where the wrap n zap is in the middle.
- Press well and make sure to press where the seams are inside at the bottom.
- Stitch across the bottom.
- Now fold the bottom up to the to about three quarters of the way up to make a pocket.
- I like to fold down the top and make sure it flaps over nicely.
- Once you have this press and then clip.
- Sew around the left, bottom, and then right sides. Leave the top open for the area to place the potato.
- Top stitch around the triangle top for a nice finish.
- Microwave some potatoes!
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