Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Tutorial: Microwave Baked Potato Bag

You may not know that August 19th is National Potato Day! So this tutorial is just in time to celebrate potatoes. I love them all ways, especially scalloped, but I also like them baked.

On my last trip to Idaho to see my mom, I bought potato print fabric to make a microwave baked potato bag for Miss Abigail's hope chest. You couldn't find a better print for this kitchen item and it will be perfect to remind her of family "roots." I grew up on an Idaho potato farm! While you may not be able to find the potato print fabric, here's the tutorial so that you can make a bag with any other cotton print. Just make sure the materials are 100% cotton so that you don't have problems with the microwave. Directions for using the baking bag are at the end of the post.

Materials: 2 pieces of 100% cotton fabric, 1 piece thin 100% cotton batting, basic sewing supplies, including 100% cotton thread.

Measure and cut both pieces of fabric and the batting 9 x 21 inches.

 Place both pieces of fabric, with right sides together, on top of the cotton batting. Use a 1/4-inch seam and stitch across each short end.

 Turn the fabric right sides out. The batting will be between the pieces of fabric. Press. Top stitch across each end, about 1/2-inch from the edge.

 Arrange the bag with the outside fabric facing up. Fold the top down about 3 inches and pin on the edge. Fold the bottom up and overlap the top by about 1 inch. Pin securely.

 Use a 1/4-inch seam to sew both sides.

 Finish the seam edges with a zig-zag stitch or use a serger.
 Turn the bag right side out and press well.


Microwave potato baking bags are designed for use in a microwave to cook any type of baked potato, including sweet potatoes. The bag works best with 2 or 3 regular Russet potatoes. Simply wash the potatoes and leave them damp. Don't pierce holes in the potatoes. Tuck the potatoes into the bag and close the flap. Cook on high, 6-10 minutes, depending on the number & size of the potatoes, and the power of the microwave. You can also interrupt the baking halfway through and turn the potatoes over, but it isn't necessary. Sweet potatoes will need about 30 seconds to 1 minute longer than regular white potatoes. You'll have to adjust the time for smaller round "salad" potatoes. After cooking, remove the potatoes. Be careful of steam as you open the flap! Simply let the bag air dry. Remember to let the bag cool completely before using it again and remember to use caution and proper supervision. The bag is machine washable, but don't use fabric softener or other additives.


  1. Very cool! I always wrap my potatoes in a wet paper towel if I'm going to make them in the microwave. However, it always feels so wasteful!

    1. These bags are pretty cool, Amber, and easy to make!

  2. This is great! I think I need to make some for gifts. Thanks for the idea!

  3. What a great idea! I'm so old-fashioned I still bake my potatoes in the oven.

    1. For dinner I usually bake in the oven as well, mostly because the oven is already going. But the bags are great for a quick meal, or to do potatoes for salad or parboiling.

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    1. I was excited when I saw the fabric - so perfect!

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    1. Thanks Misty! I had no idea you visited here - thanks for that too.

  6. Oh wow! Looks awesome :) But I can never make because I don't know sewing and have no sewing machine :)) Anyway, I enjoy seeing all such fun projects in your blog Kathleen!

  7. sweet I'm from Idaho awesome to see something from my home state going into the hope chest :)

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