2019 Pojagi Christmas Countdown – Dish Cover

red, white and teal pojagi dish cover with title.

Dish covers are commonly used in Korean table settings. They were traditionally made with oiled paper or lined with oiled paper to keep the fabric clean.

This dish cover is made with cotton fabric and is not lined, but it will be fine for covering a bread basket or some other dry food.

red and white dish cover on a dish.

It is made with the same reversible patchwork seam as most of the other 2019 Pojagi Christmas Countdown projects, so it doesn’t require a lot of time or fabric. The simple tab on the top is used to lift it as well as being decorative.



Since the piece is reversible, you will want fabric that does not have a clear right and wrong side. Batiks and solids are both good choices.

  • Two 8” squares main colour
  • Two 8” squares neutral colour
  • 7-1/2” x 3-1/2” accent colour
red and white batik fabric squares.


Any regular sewing thread is fine. Use either a neutral colour or match the main colour or accent colour.



Join each coloured square to a neutral square using the simple modern pojagi seam technique.

joining fabric squares into a 4-patch unit.

Join those pieces together to make a four patch piece. You might have to flip or turn the pieces to get the centre points to line up on both sides.

fabric squares joined with modern pojagi seam.

Hem one side be folding over the edge 1/4”, then folding over another 1/4”. Press well then topstitch.

hemming the dish cover.

Repeat with the other three sides.

It is far easier to hem one edge at a time than to try to do all at once.


Fold the rectangle of fabric in half lengthwise and press well.

Open the fabric, then fold each side in to the centre crease and press well.

Fold each end in 1/2” and press well.

You now have a rectangle of fabric with a bunch of creases.

rectangle of blue fabric creased for folds.

Fold in the ends, then fold the sides in, then fold in half.

All the raw edges should be on the inside. 

Topstitch around the edge of the piece to secure it.

blue fabric top stitched for dish cover tab.

Cross the ends of the piece to make a ribbon shape.

fabric strip folded to ribbon shape.

Stitch onto the cloth in the middle where the four square meet.

flat dish cover.

You’re done!

red and white dish cover on a dish.

Use this cover on its own or as part of a coordinated modern pojagi table with placemats, table runner and napkins.

Elizabeth DeCroos - Epida Studio.

Elizabeth DeCroos

Elizabeth DeCroos is the designer and teacher at Epida Studio. She loves to work in quilting, pojagi and embroidery and teach these techniques to others.
Learn more and get her to speak to your group.

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