Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Microwave Potato Sack Tutorial

***Disclaimer*** 
GYCT  is not responsible for issues that may arise from using your own Potato Sack.  Please make sure that ALL materials are made with 100% cotton including fabric, thread, and batting.  Do not use bag for more then 4 minute intervals to avoid scorching of any kind.  You are at your own risk when creating and using.  Do not leave unattended when in use.

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Microwave Potato Sack Tutorial by GYCT

I have been wanting to make a potato sack for several years.  Always thought they'd be handy when I needed a baked potato in just a few minutes.  So this year for our Sister's Day celebration, I decided to make them as gifts.  Now if you are unfamiliar with Sister's Day, let me explain.  Several years ago my sister in laws decided to celebrate one another by getting together each year as women in the family.  
Each sister was to make something that could be given or mailed to all the others.  Some years most of us can get together, other years everyone mails their items.  Check out some of our past Sister's Day Projects:


Now, back to the Potato Sack...

Microwave Potato Sack Tutorial by GYCT

The Microwave Baked Potato Sack is made of 100% cotton materials.  This allows the sack to be placed in the microwave for 4 minute intervals without scorching.  You can now bake a potato in under 10 minutes.  You can also use the sack to cook corn, vegetables, sweet potatoes, or warm tortillas, taco shells and breads.


If you would like a printable copy of the Microwave Potato Sack, check it out for Free in our Craftsy Shop.

Materials Needed:
ALL MATERIALS MUST BE 100% Cotton
12" x 20" piece fabric
12" x 20" piece lining fabric
12" x 20" piece cotton batting--I used Warm White (affiliate)
2" x 5" piece of  fabric (for loop)
100% cotton thread


Microwave Potato Sack Tutorial by GYCT

To start, cut out your fabric, lining, and batting.  I cut mine 12" x 20".  This allows me to cook between 4-5 small-medium potatoes at a time.

Microwave Potato Sack Tutorial by GYCT

Stack your layers with batting on the bottom, lining in the middle, right side up and main fabric with wrong side up on the top.  Stitch the short sides together at 1/4".


Microwave Potato Sack Tutorial by GYCT

Next, take your main fabric in one hand and flip it so that the right side is out.  At this point, your batting should be in between your lining and main fabric.  Topstitch down your short side seams at 1/8".


Microwave Potato Sack Tutorial by GYCT

Take your 2" x 5" piece of fabric and fold long ways it with right sides together.  Stitch down the long side.  Turn your loop right side out using a safety pin.  Press your loop so that the seam is in the middle of the wrong side.  This way the seam won't show.

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Fold loop in half and match the raw edges to the edge of one of the long sides of the sack.  You want it to be about 3" from one of the short sides.


Microwave Potato Sack Tutorial by GYCT

Carefully fold one of the short sides down about 3" and then fold the other short side overlapping the other short side about 1".  You can see it below.


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Stitch down the short sides of the sack.  Make sure to backstitch at the beginning and end so that the sack doesn't unwind when flipping.  Trim your sides and corners.

Microwave Potato Sack Tutorial by GYCT

Flip your potato sack right side out and push your corners out.  Press your potato sack.




Microwave Potato Sack Tutorial by GYCT

Instructions on How to Use Your Potato Sack Correctly

Wash and dry your potatoes.  Wrap them in a moist paper towel to keep inside of sack clean.  Place in the potato sack.  Set microwave for 4 minutes.  Watch carefully to ensure no fire starts.  Let potatoes rest 30 seconds.  If they need more time to cook, continue adding minutes.


To print the full tutorial, check out our Craftsy Shop


Microwave Potato Sack Tutorial by GYCT





25 comments:

  1. Woot woot! Thank you for this - we love baked potatoes, but I find we rarely eat them due to the heat the over puts off (it's summer, and for some reason that's when we always seem to want them). Now I don't have to resort to the BBQ if I just want a treat. Oh, and did I mentioned EVERYONE on my Christmas list is now getting one of these? :)

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    1. Glad to help Kristie. I feel the same way about cooking during the summer. This is a great alternative and an awesome gift. All my sister's (and mother's) loved them.

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    2. I'm making these for gifts.....great patten by the way.....easy. I'm wondering though whether the skins on the potatoes should be poked before they're wrapped and baked.

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  2. Is there a print version for the potato bag?

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    1. Claire, I do not currently have this in a print version. However, you can always print straight from the website. Thanks for visiting.

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    2. I just typed in a reply and it disappeared. Hope it does not show up twice.

      Whenever I want to print out instructions like these, I copy paste the entire article into a Word document. Then I edit it by reducing size of pictures, sometimes making two columns to save paper, and any other editing improvements I can make for printing. Oh, be sure to insert page numbers in case the pages get mixed up. Then I punch for 3-hole notebook and place in my "Crafts Notebook." I am going to do that with this article.

      Chelsea, is there some way I can get the printable format to you so you can forward it to others who want a printed copy?

      Thanks. Bettijo

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    3. We now have the pattern in our Craftsy shop for FREE! Click the link to download it for free http://bit.ly/1qIHmwE

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  3. Going to the store right now -- to make sure I get everything cotton. That's the story I am sticking with, anyway! Thank you, Claire!

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  4. First, I love the name of your blog. :D I have never heard of a potato sack before, but I love the idea! I'll be trying this one for sure.

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  5. I purchased a potato sack a year ago at a craft fair for $8, and I can only fit two medium potatoes in it! Now I can make my own! Just discovered your blog and love it. Keep them coming!

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    1. Glad I could help Adrianne. It really is simple and you can make tons for gifts too.

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  6. Thank you so much for sharing, what a clever idea for baking potatoes.

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  7. Make sure all of your fabrics and thread are 100% cotton.

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  8. Forgive me, but I don't get it. Why would anyone pay for a bag to put a potato in, instead of wrapping it in a dish towel, or a paper towel, or just poking it with a fork and putting it on a plate?

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    1. Great questions Alice. Many sewists have all the supplies already on hand, so they wouldn't be paying anything to make a nice bag. The benefit of the potato sack is that the potatoes cook evenly and the skins don't get tough. Plus, with the bag you don't have to poke your potatoes with a fork. Just wash and put them in the sack and microwave. Cuts back on time and they taste great. But it may not be for everyone.

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  9. Alice, this is great as you have instant personal potato holder, thicker than napkin. You can sit round the fire pit munching.��

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  10. Thank you for sharing this!! What price do you ask for these?

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    1. Great question! I've only ever made these as gifts for others, so I can't say for sure. Usually it is cost of materials + time. That is a pretty good way to start

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  11. We made potato bakers for fundraising, but used thermolam plus for batting. I was told that you didn't have to worry about fires starting there is no metal in it to cause a fire and the potatoes come out perfect. I think the thermolam plus holds the heat better.

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  12. BE SURE TO ALWAYS INCLUDE INSTRUCTIONS WITH YOUR POTATO BAG IF GIVING AS A GIFT (MY SISTER RECEIVED ONE AS A GIFT WITHOUT INSTRUCTIONS AND STARTED A FIRE IN HER MICROWAVE!)...."Wash and dry your potatoes. Wrap them in a moist paper towel to keep inside of sack clean. Place in the potato sack. Set microwave for 4 minutes. Watch carefully to ensure no fire starts. Let potatoes rest 30 seconds. If they need more time to cook, continue adding minutes."

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  13. I generally cook potatoes in the microwave but it does take time. Then I have to dig out a pot- holder to take it out. This fits the bill for less time and less owies. I've made very similar bags as tortilla warmers...round instead of rectangular. They were a big hit with friends and family. I already have some cotton fabric, so now all I need is the thread. Mahalo.

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  14. I love this, thanks for taking the time to write it up.for those asking about prices. I charge $8 for this size and $12 for a family size( holds about four or five taters.

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  15. I love this, thanks for taking the time to write it up.for those asking about prices. I charge $8 for this size and $12 for a family size( holds about four or five taters.

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  16. I've been making the potatoes bags for my grown children this past winter. I have also supplied a store with several wholsale. They go well at shows but you really have to explain why, and how to use them, to those people that haven't a clue. Lol No problem with that, however I've had people wash them and then tell me they get a chemical taste to their potatoes. When I sell them I stress the importance of not machine washing them!! I put mine in the top each of my dishwasher and that way they are clean and sanitized. When they are done I take them out and prop them open and hang them to finish air drying them.
    These bags are also great for steaming fresh veggies!!

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    1. Polly, wait. What? You put the cloth bag on the top rack your automatic dishwasher?

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