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This tutorial will show you how to make a Microwave Baked Potato Bag. It's simple and it's quick, in fact it only takes about 15 minutes to make (thus the name). I made one for my daughter to use to bake sweet potatoes for the 6mo granddaughter. Also, I have to thank my mom for this one.... she made one for me years ago, and I've been using it ever since.
The reason for the bag??? So potatoes (especially sweet potatoes) will have the same flavor when cooked in the microwave as they would if they were cooked in the oven. Sweet potatoes are especially tasty when using the bag.
Here's a free Adobe PDF pattern to the Microwave Baked Potato Bag I am doing in this tutorial, but the photo tutorial is only here at my blog. They are so easy that once you've made one, you really won't need this tutorial to make more.
SUPPLIES: What you need to make 2 bags: 1/3 yard cuts of a focus fabric, lining and scrap of batting at least 10" x 42". If you just want to make one, then you only need scrap fabrics and batt at least 10" x 22".
A hard copy of the Microwave Baked Potato Bag pattern may help and is useful when you want to make more of these. It's all on one page and easy to read.
CUTTING: On a cutting table, layer batting, lining right side up and focus fabric right side down. You will cut all three pieces at the same time this way! Smooth out the wrinkles and cut all three layers 10" x 22", well 22" maybe....
If you are using 1/3 yard cuts and your focus or lining fabric is not a full 44" wide, then use whatever 1/2 the width is of your fabric. The potato fabric on the market right now is only 40" wide, so I cut my fabric 10" x 20", or 1/2 the width.
This is a good project for a 24" ruler, but none are 10" wide. I use a square up, in this case a 12-1/2" x 12-1/2" Omnigrid, to measure the 10". Then I lay my 24" ruler next to it and cut.
At the sewing machine, with 1/4" (or so) seam allowance, sew the short ends. Be certain you catch all three layers in the seam allowance.
Then turn so the focus fabric it right side out, lining is right side out, and batting is in the middle. I press the seams flat, then top-stitch about 1/2" from the edge.
This is the hard part.... take the short ends you just top-stitched and fold over towards the center. One side folds in about 3" from the edge, the other side folds until it overlaps the first fold by about 1/2". The 3" fold is on the bottom, the side with the longer fold is on top. It needs to be this way.
Now stitch the long edges with again, about a 1/4" seam allowance. And again, be certain you catch all the layers. Zig-zag the raw edges. You will be putting potatoes in and out of this bag so the seam allowances really do need stitched down.
Turn your bag right side out. I don't bother clipping corners. They seem to fold out just fine without taking the time.
Voila! Your bag is done!
To cook: wash potato as normal, place in bag, cook per microwave directions. DO NOT PIERCE, they don't need it when using the bag. Enjoy!