Saturday, December 11, 2010

DIY PATTERN-SQ. MICRO POTATO BAG-TUTORIAL

The following blog is for a Microwave Bag.  You can cook potatoes, winter squash, corn on the cob, heat dinner rolls, tortillas, biscuits, etc.  This bag I have given over and over and my family wants more of them.
Below is how to make the pattern for this Microwave Bag
The following pictures are of the Square Microwave Bag that I make as a gift and use myself.
The finished bag will be 9"X10".
The pattern piece is 21"x10".  This includes 1/2" seam allowance


SUPPLIES NEEDED
Wax Paper
Permanent Marking Pen
Yard Stick
 Scissors
Cutting board  (is useful but not necessary)

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MAKING THE PATTERNS


1.  Pull out a piece of wax paper longer than 21" so as to have room to work with.
2.  Mark out the measurements on this piece of wax paper of 21"x10"
3.  Mark the pattern with top and bottom for reference.
4.  Measure down at the top edge 2", and mark across the width with a permanent marker. Label this the fold line.
5.  Label your pattern for further reference.  Add name of pattern, seam allowance, fold line and anything else that will help you.


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 6.  As you can see I have 1 1/2 marked, but found I liked the 2" better.


7.  You are now done with the Square Microwave  Bag Pattern.  Cut out your pattern.


CLICK HERE FOR THE SEWING INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE MICROWAVE BAGS
Sewing Instructions for Microwave Bags









SEWING SQUARE MICROWAVE POTATO BAGS-TUTORIAL

SEWING THE SQUARE
One of the simple gifts I make is a Microwave Potato Bag.  These bags I have used to warm up roll and tortillas.  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.  Of course I bake potatoes in the microwave bag.

SUPPLIES
A pattern-to create pattern click here.  Microwave Pattern
5/8 yard of fabric.
5/8 yard fabric for lining.  
5/8 yard high loft batting  
Sewing Pins
Matching Thread
Scissors
Trim of your choice - optional


NOTE: Make sure you use a good brand of high loft 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 also.
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1.  Cut out your fabric of choice, fabric lining, batting of choice using your pattern. 
PICTURE ABOVE -Rooster is the main fabric.  Red is the lining and then the Batting


I have used the 100% cotton batting but prefer the synthetic type it fluffs more and works better.  I do like to use the cotton fabric.
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You can fold your pattern in half lengthwise and cut on the fold if you prefer.
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2.  Now stack your fabric right sides together.   Fabric lining, fabric of choice, and batting of choice.  As you see in the picture above.
3.  Pin either ends of your material (top and bottom)


4.  If you have problems getting the batting through the feed dogs - Cut out a piece of wax paper. Place the wax paper under the batting where you will be sewing.  This will allow the batting to run smoothly through the feed dogs of the sewing machine.  You can just tear the wax paper off your bag when finishing your seams
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5.  So that I can clearly see the 1/2" mark for my seam through the wax paper I have placed a "post it note" on my sewing machine.
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6.  Using your post it note as a guide and your wax paper placed under your batting, sew the top and bottom seam, as shown above.
turn right side out
Your  bag should look like this after the seams are sewn.
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Your batting will be in the middle when turned right side out.
 
8.  Press both of your seams on each end with a medium heated iron . Make sure to not leave your iron on the seam too long if using synthetic batting.  
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9.  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.  The second seam is optional.
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11.  Turn down the top edge 2".    SEE IMPORTANT NOTE BELOW.

NOTE:  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.  It will end up in the right side up position when turned right side out.
prepare side seams
12. Bring the bottom edge up and place the bottom edge OVER THE TOP that has been turned down 2". 


13.  Pin both sides of your square potato bag and sew from bottom to the top 1/2".
sewed side seams
Potato bag should look like picture above.
completed side seam
14.  Trim your seams and zig-zag the edge or use your serger to prevent raveling.
finished sq pot bag
14.  Just turn your bag (picture above) right side out and you are finished.


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. 

DIRECTIONS FOR USING YOUR BAG

Wash your bag in the washing machine and dry in your dryer before using. (this will fluff up the batting).

POTATOES
1.  Place 2 to 3 NON PRICKED with A fork  potatoes In your bag.
2.  Place bag in the middle of your microwave and bake for 2-3 minutes. 
3.  Open Microwave door and pull your bag out.   Carefully open bag for a few seconds and allow some steam out.  Then replace you bag back in the  microwave on the opposite side for additional 1 minute increments.  Checking after each minute till potatoes are softened. 

OTHER     
Dinner Roll (approximately 15 seconds)
Tortilla (approximately 15 seconds)
Biscuit (approximately 15 seconds) 
Corn on the cob (approximately 3 minutes). 
Winter squash (approximately 4-5 minutes) 
ALL MICROWAVE VARY SO THE TIME DEPENDS ON YOUR MICROWAVE. Start with less and add more time.
As with all microwaves anything can burn.  Make sure you test your bag out by less time in the microwave until you know how much is needed to cook your food safetly.

ENJOY YOUR BAG