Simple Tortilla Cozy Tutorial


My favorite hand-made Christmas gifts are the the ones that can be used all year long, like this simple Tortilla Cozy.  We eat tacos and fajitas at our house at least once a weeks, so this is a necessity for keeping tortillas warm after coming out of the microwave.

The tortilla cozy is fast and easy to make and you just need a few simple supplies.

Note: This cozy is not designed to be put in the microwave.  Rather you heat the tortillas in the microwave and then put them into your cozy to keep them warm and pliable.


  • 1/3 yard of two coordinating cotton quilting fabric
  • 1/3 yard of Solarize interlining from Fairfield (This insulates the tortillas.)
  • 1/3 yard of Shield interlining from Fairfield (This helps retain moisture.)
  • Sewing machine, iron, thread, pins, scissors, etc.


Find a plate that is at least 1-inch larger than the tortillas you plan to use.  I used a large dinner plate as my template.  I found it simplest to cut several layers at once, so I stacked my materials up with them layered fabric-Shield-Solarize-Second Fabric.


I cut them out using a rotary cutter and mat, tracing around the plate.057-Tortilla-Cozy

You’ll want to cut out two sets.

We’ll be working on the two sets of circles separately and then sewing them together to make our cozy in the last step.

Pin your circles together in the following order…Your two fabrics with RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER, then your Shield, then your Solarize.


Stitch with 1/4 inch seam allowance, leaving an opening for turning your circle right side out.


Remove pins and notch your seam allowance.  Lots of notches will allow for a smooth circle in the next step.061-Tortilla-Cozy062-Tortilla-Cozy

Turn right side out.063-Tortilla-Cozy064-Tortilla-Cozy

Press.  065-Tortilla-Cozy

Fold the fabric under and press at the opening.066-Tortilla-Cozy

Pin your opening closed.067-Tortilla-Cozy

Topstitch about 1/8 inch away from the edge of your circle.  Besides helping it look nice, this will also stitch your opening closed.069-Tortilla-Cozy

Stitch a few lines through the center of your circle to give it a more quilted effect.072-Tortilla-Cozy

Repeat for your second circle.

Pin your two circles together, around just half of your circle. 074-Tortilla-Cozy

Stitch your two circles together, sewing over the top of the topstitching lines from earlier.  Be sure to backstitch at the beginning and ends.075-Tortilla-Cozy

And after removing your pins, you’re all ready to keep your tortillas warm and cozy.092-Tortilla-Cozy



Happy Sewing…and Taco Eating!

~ Polly from Pieces by Polly.

18 thoughts on “Simple Tortilla Cozy Tutorial”

  1. Tami says:

    I LOVE to sew projects like this. I will be trying it!

  2. Tammy says:

    I started one. Let’s see how it comes out when done.

  3. Tammy says:

    Will be making one today

  4. Tammy says:

    I just made in sooo easy but I am going to try and put folded binding around the outside.
    I’ll let u know if it looks after.

  5. Sharon says:

    There won’t be a problem using these in the microwave … I’m concerned about the aluminum.

    1. Niki Meiners says:

      It is a warmer signed for keeping tortillas warm after coming out of the microwave.

  6. Neha says:

    Love the idea. I will try it for sure. But can you wash them in the washer dryer?

    1. Niki Meiners says:

      We would recommend to wash in the machine but air dry.

    2. Niki Meiners says:

      Neha, you can wash them but we would recommend air drying.

  7. Meena says:

    Lovely!!!!I think it’s a great gift for Indian homes too where rotis and chapati are made every day!

  8. Alan says:

    Can you wash it with the Solaris and shield?

    1. Robin Dann says:

      yes, both materials are washable.

  9. Sandy says:

    So cool. I think I will try this project and give it to my daughter who has 3 children and they can use it on their taco night. Thank you.

  10. Janet says:

    Is the “Shield” or “Solarize” material closest to the outer fabric once everything is assembled?

    1. Robin Dann says:

      Shield should be closest to the food.

  11. Melodoe Gott says:

    I have made these and I used batting on the inside so I could put them in the microwave. This pattern was easier than most of the other ones I have found–so I changed it up so it worked for what I wanted it for.
    Thanks for the instructions!

    1. Robin Dann says:

      Please do not put in the microwave if you have included the solarize in your tortilla cozy. Solarize is made of metal and is NOT Microwaveable.

      If you want to make these for microwave use we recommend using our ToastyCotton Microwavable Batting on the inside.
      Happy Sewing.

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