If you're transporting a hot, delicious casserole somewhere—be it to a potluck or to friends in need—you'll want to have something to carry it in that will keep it warm on the way and prevent it from leaking and spilling. You could buy a casserole carrier, but if you have any sewing or quilting experience, you'll enjoy making your own. Plus, making your own quilted casserole carrier allows you to tailor it to fit your casserole dish perfectly.
Things You'll Need
- Casserole dish
- Quilting weight fabric
- Insulated batting (Insul-Bright)
- Straight pins
- 1 fat quarter quilting fabric
- Iron and ironing board
- Sewing machine
- Serger (optional)
- Binding tape (optional)
- Hook and loop fastener (Velcro)
Cutting the Pattern
Measure your casserole dish. Add 1 inch to the length of your casserole dish and cut two pieces of fabric from your yardage using that length. So if your casserole measures 9 inches by 13 inches, cut two pieces of fabric each 36 inches by 14 inches. Cut out one piece of the insulated batting using the same measurements.
Cut four more pieces from the remaining fabric. Each piece should be 24 inches long and the width should be the width of the casserole dish (for example, 9 inches if your dish is 9 by 13 inches). Also cut two more pieces from the batting, 24 inches by the dish's width.
Cut two 22-by-5-inch strips from the fat quarter of fabric. Fold 1 inch down on each side of the strips and press with an iron. Fold each strip in half, press and pin. Sew with a 1/4-inch seam along the pressed edges of the strips.
Quilt and Sew
Pin the two large pieces of fabric to the batting, making a sandwich. The fabric should be right side out, with the batting in the center. Repeat with the remaining smaller pieces of fabric and batting.
Quilt the pieces together, in whatever pattern or style you choose.
Use the zigzag stitch on your sewing machine to finish the edges or else use binding tape to give them a finished look. If you have a serger, you can use it to finish the edges of the three quilted pieces.
Fold the large piece in half lengthwise, so that it measures about 18 inches wide. With a pin or fabric marker, mark the center. Fold the smaller pieces in half widthwise and mark the centers on each. Match the center of one of the smaller pieces to the center of the larger piece. Stitch the pieces together along the finished edge, with the larger piece on top and the smaller piece stretching away from the larger piece. Repeat with the second small piece. Fold the first small piece into the large piece and stitch again along the edge. Repeat on the second side.
Attach the hook and loop fastener (Velcro) to the small side pieces. Separate the Velcro and pin one piece to each of the smaller sides, making sure that the two pieces align. Stitch the Velcro to the fabric. Attach the straps at each end of the longer center piece. Pin one end of the strap about one-third of the way in, then pin the other end of the strap about one third of the way in from the other side. Repeat on the opposite side of the center piece, then sew the straps in place.