How To Make a Microwave Potato Bag // Quick Sewing Project

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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

Potato Bag Materials and Items Needed

***VERY IMPORTANT: All the contents of the bag need to be 100% COTTON!

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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

Sewing

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.

potate bag clip

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.

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12- Fold the bottom edge up 8 inches and clip in place.

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13- Flip the top edge down 3 ½ inches and clip in place.

potato bag topstitching

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.

THESE BAGS MAKE GREAT GIFTS.

GET THE POTATO BAG PATTERN HERE

or in my 

ETSY SHOP

The PDF downloadable pattern also comes with a gift tag that has all the baking instructions on it. You can find that in my website store.

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Have fun sewing!

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Quick And Simple Baked Potatoes In The Instant Pot

Do you ever find yourself staring into the refrigerator at 5:00 hoping some great idea will come to you as what to fix for dinner? I was doing that the other day. I could see all this food but nothing was coming to me. Then I remembered how yummy the baked potatoes tasted when I was on my detox, and how quick they were to make up in.So I pulled out my trusty pressure cooker and gathered some produce I had kicking around in the fridge. This is what I came up with. Quick and easy baked potatoes in the Instant Pot, steamed mixed vegetables, sliced cucumbers with lemon, bell pepper slices, a little green salad and sauteed mushrooms.

Just so you know, all of my meals do not turn out this vegetably. I am working on eating more vegetables and sometimes I do good and other times not so great. This was a pleasant meal, even with all the veggies. The best part was that I didn’t have to spend the whole night cooking. I know you have heard this before, but I am going to tell you again. I LOVE MY INSTANT POT!

I am sure you can do this in a regular pressure cooker, but the Instant Pot makes it so much easier. I don’t have to sit and baby sit it. I used it two times while cooking this meal. I will show you what I did.

HOW TO USE THE INSTANT POT TO MAKE BAKED POTATOES

1- Wash potatoes

2- Place 1 cup water in the bottom of the Instant Pot pan

3- Put a steamer basket in

4- Place the potatoes in the pan

5- Close the lid and flip the pressure valve to steam

6- Turn it on and press MANUAL

7- Manually adjust time down to 14 minutes

It takes 20-25 minutes total with the natural pressure release.

8-Leave it alone and go start working on something else

9- When the timer beeps, just leave it alone and let the pressure release naturally. (about 10 minutes)

After the potatoes were finished, I took them out and placed them in a casserole dish and covered them with tinfoil to keep them warm while I steamed the mixed vegetables.

I like the frozen organic mixed vegetables and the frozen broccoli that Costco sales.

I used the instant pot again to steam the mixed veggies.

1-Make sure you have at least 1 cup of water in the bottom and set to steam.

2-Adjust timer to 3-4 minutes depending on how cooked you like them.

3-When the timer goes off, flip the pressure valve to quick release and wait till steam has stopped.

4-Remove the lid. The pressure cooker will stay on a warm setting until you turn it off.

There you have it, a QUICK, EASY, TASTY, and HEALTHY meal.

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