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!
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.