Potato Baker Bags – A Great Make It/Take It

Potato Bags have become a new on-line craze.  Baking a potato in an insulated bag – in the microwave – produces a perfect baked potato in a matter of minutes.  The potatoes can be cut and fluffed with a fork.  The skin – which contains so many of the nutrients – stays moist and soft.  Why not offer a baked potato bar at your next party – and then give them a potato bag as a gift?  They are so easy, you will be making dozens for quick and easy gifts.

There is just one problem.  People were making these bags with traditional cotton batting or pre-quilted fabric.  Those battings have a scrim which can scorch and burn when placed in a high powered microwave. The Warm Company solved that problem by creating “Warm Tater” batting.  This all natural batting does not have a scrim – so it doesn’t scorch or burn.  That does not mean that you should use these bags and leave them unattended.  While this product is safe, the material and thread you choose may not be – so supervision is the key!

Item #2805WN

22″ x 20 Yard Bolts

The bags are traditionally made from two 10″ x 22″ pieces of cotton fabric and a piece of warm tater batting – which, coincidentally, is 22″ wide.

Place the two pieces of fabric – right sides together – on the piece of batting.  Sew a 1/2″ seam along both 10″ sides.

Turn the piece right side out so the fabric sandwiches the batting and press.

Fold one end up to form a square and pin in place.  Fold the two inch top down over the square to form the flap.  Pin in place along the side.

Serge the two sides and turn right side out through the “flap”.  How easy is that???

These bags are a great way to demo machine embroidery designs, practice machine quilting, or demo a serger.  Just remember that the materials must be microwave friendly!

Note:  There is a great tutorial on-line with pictures for you to make these bags: http://web.archive.org/web/20071202190308/http://www.atimetostitch.com/potato_bags.htm ?.  In this tutorial, however, they use a pre-quilted fabric.  It is better to use Warm Tater Batting – and quilt your own.  Then you can guarantee that the batting has not been treated with a scrim that could come back to haunt you later.

8 thoughts on “Potato Baker Bags – A Great Make It/Take It

  1. It has also been found that using fusible web of any kind and doing machine embroidery with rayon or poly thread will also cause a fire! Fabrics with metallics will also catch fire!
    Batting is only small minor part of the whole fire picture!

  2. Warning…..2 customers who have purchased “potato bags” from my shop have reported fires in their microwave. Seems that, over time, they did not wash their bags in between uses. Potato bits and dried out batting is causing the bags to either smoke or flame. We no longer carry these home made bags for sale due to liability. I cannot stress enough to anyone who would make these bags, to not take the shortcut and use left over batting from previous projects. I would advise any retail shop owner to take a moment and advise any customer wishing to make this item to use the correct product. I cannot stress this enough….one such customer (smokey microwave) was an elderly lady in her 80′s.

  3. If you’re making microwaveable potato bags for the holidays, make sure you do NOT use cotton fabric that has metallic accents in it. Some cotton quilt batting manufacturers do not even recommend their cotton quilt batting for potato bags. It seems that the consumer will blame the batting company for fires even if they use a non recommended fabric – such as a metallic accented fabric. Use common sense. We don’t put aluminum in the microwave. Do not use ANYTHING that could be even remotely flammable.
    Even metallic thread.

    Never leave your microwave unattended – especially if you’re making potatoes in your microwaveable potato bag.

  4. I just read the precautions for making the potato bags & I gasped. Last Christmas I made them for everyone on my Christmas list but … my instructions say to use “flannel” and not batting. We’ve never had any problems with our personal bag & love it but I’m wondering if the same precautions do apply to those made with flannel?! Anyone know? Thanks.

  5. I would think that 100% cotton flannel as a batting would be the same as 100% cotton fabric w/ 100% cotton batting. If you are worried about your gifts, do a burn test on your flannel.

  6. I made at least 6dz of these & used all cotton thread, fabric & warm & natural & sold & gave away. I did have 2 returned because of fire. I took them to our local fire dept to test & of course they didn’t catch on fire again. I bought the tater batting for my next batch. Also in the above instr. they didn’t quilt. I quilt before putting on backing about 2″ apart & thinks it looks better & should hold up. I did try the above inst but like the quilting better. They do make wonderful taters!!

  7. I had my bag catch on fire-made it with all cotton fabric and thread, but suspect that the paper towel has to be wet and prepared right before nuking. the fire started at the outer edges of the turned down edge.

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