In this DIY sewing tutorial, I’m going to show you how you can make a microwaved baked potato bag. This is a super easy sewing project and these bags make the perfect baked potatoes.
You know those times when you want to cook a baked potato, but you don’t have an hour or an hour and a half to spare? No worries. I’ve got you covered.
You can have a yummy, fluffy baked potato cooked in 4-8 minutes, depending on the amount or size of your potato.
This method of cooking, especially if you’re just cooking for one or two people, will save you so much time.
The bags also work well for sweet potatoes and even corn on the cob. I’ll go over the cooking instructions a little later in the tutorial. Let’s go over how to make the bag.
How To Make a Microwave Baked Potato Bag
I do have a detailed video tutorial that is loaded with tips. You can watch it at the end of the post.
Potato Bag Materials and Items Needed
- Sewing machine
- Measuring tape
- 100% Cotton fabric (2 pieces cut 22 x 11)
- Pellon Wrap-N-Zap / or batting 100% cotton (1 piece cut to 22 x 11)
- 100 % Cotton Thread
- Rotary Cutter/Mat/Ruler (optional)
- Iron / Ironing Board
- Pins/Fabric Clips
- Point Turner
***VERY IMPORTANT: All the contents of the bag need to be 100% COTTON!
Cutting Out Potato Bag
1- If using the pattern, assemble it first, which is very easy to do and will only take a few minutes. Or you can just use the grid on a rotary mat and a rotary cutter to cut out pieces.
2- Cut out 2 fabric pieces 22 x 11 inches, (outer piece and 1 lining).
Cut out 1 Wrap-N-Zap piece 22 x 11 inches
3- Place the BATTING down. Then take the OUTER PIECE and place it on top of the batting with the RIGHT SIDE FACING UP.
4- Now place the LINING on top of the outer piece with RIGHT SIDE FACING DOWN
5- Pin or clip in place.
6- Using a 3/8 inch seam allowance, sew all the way around LEAVING ABOUT A 3 INCH OPENING (UNSEWN) AT THE BOTTOM OF THE RECTANGLE. Backstitch at the beginning and end of the seam.
7- Clip the corners.
8- Turn the potato bag RIGHT SIDE FACING OUT. Using a turning stick, poke the corners out.
9- Close the opening by folding the seam allowance under and clip in place.
10- Press out the edges.
11- Top stitch the short ends of the rectangle using a 1/8-inch seam allowance.
12- Fold the bottom edge up 8 inches and clip in place.
13- Flip the top edge down 3 ½ inches and clip in place.
14- Top stitch down the sides using a 3/8 inch seam allowance. Backstitch at the beginning and end of the seam. *** Double-sew the overlapped area to strengthen the seam in this area.
Clip threads and you are all set!
How to use the potato bags
- Wash and dry vegetables – do NOT poke holes in the potatoes.
- Place items inside the bag, and put the bag in the microwave with the opening facing down.
Select a cooking time & start
Potato Bag Microwave Cooking Times
These are approximate times, assuming the microwave is set to HIGH.
- 2 Large Russet Potatoes: *8 minutes
- 2 Medium Sweet Potatoes: *10 minutes
- 3 Medium Bred Rolls: 20 seconds
- 2 Large Corn Cobs: *6 minutes
- Dinner Rolls/Biscuits: 15 seconds
- Tortillas: 1 – 2 minutes
* Cook in 1-2 minute increments until the item is done
How to care for the potato bags
Dry the bags out after each use. The microwave potato bags are machine washable. Just don’t use fabric softener.