Make a baked potato cooking bag to get a fluffy potato in minutes with your microwave. One bag holds four potatoes, enough for a small family. Adjust the fabric size smaller to make a single or double potato bag. The natural fabric fibers hold moisture in the potato so you get a well-done potato with tender skin, instead of a shriveled, dried-out potato that sometimes comes from microwave cooking. Baked potato bags are a unique gift for anyone who loves a good potato.
Cut your fabric, muslin and batting each into a 9-by-21-inch rectangle.
Layer the pieces together so the fabric and muslin are right sides together with the batting placed on top.
Sew the short sides with a 1/4-inch seam. Trim the seam to 1/8-inch layers with scissors to remove bulk.
Turn the layers so the fabric and muslin are right sides facing out. Smooth the seams with your fingers, and press them flat with an iron.
Topstitch the shorter sides of your fabric at a distance of 1/2 inch from the seam edge.
Lay your fabric sandwich so the outside fabric is facing up. Fold one short end 2 inches toward the center, and pin it to hold it in place. Fold the opposite short end over so there is a 1-inch overlap to create an envelope, and pin to hold.
Sew a 1/4-inch seam on the long sides to secure the folds.
Finish all seams with a serger or zigzag stitch to limit fraying. Clip the corner close to the stitching with scissors to reduce bulk.
Turn your bag right side out, and smooth the edges with your fingers. Poke out the corners with a crochet hook or fabric turning stick.
- Use cotton fabric and batting to prevent the fabric from melting in the microwave. Avoid fabric with metallic threads.
- Wash and dry the fabric before assembly to prevent shrinking and to remove chemical additives.
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