Stitch this Casserole Carrier project in an evening or two. Then, let your tasteful carrier help you get a handle on things. Cook, place a casserole in the center, wrap and GO! An insulated carrier is perfect for picnics and potluck dinners. The inner insulated pocket lets you store a hot or cold pack to keep the temperature of your dish just right. The carrier folds flat when not in use and can be laundered.
- 7/8 yard Fabric A (carrier body)
- 1/2 yard Fabric B (pocket)
- 2 yards 1″ wide black webbing/strapping
- Optional: 1/3 yard Fabric C (instead of webbing/strapping handles) and 1″ Create A Strap Interfacing
- 7/8 yard Quilted Iron Quick
- 1/4 yard hook and loop tape
- Matching thread
Note from Nancy: For the casserole carrier I’m creating today, I’m using the same fabric for the body and pocket instead of using Fabric A and Fabric B. Contrasting fabrics work great, too.
- Cut fabrics:
- Fabric A: Cut two 13″ x 36″ rectangles (pocket base and handle base)
- Fabric B: Cut one 13″ x 44″ rectangle (pocket)
- Fabric C: Cut two 4″ x 36″ rectangles (handles)
- Quilted Iron Quick: Cut two 13″ x 36″ rectangles (carrier lining)
- Make the pocket by folding the 13″ x 44″ rectangle in half, meeting the 13″ ends.
- Stitch a 1/4″ seam along the 13″ edges.
- Press seam open; turn the pocket tube right side out, centering the seam. Press.
- Edgestitch the 13″ edges.
- Fold Fabric A pocket base in half, meeting 13″ ends. Pin at fold to mark center. Repeat, to mark center of the pocket.
- Position and pin the pocket to the right side of Fabric A. Baste pocket to Fabric A along the length close to the cut edges.
- Center and stitch a 5-1/2″ loop side section of the hook and loop tape to the right side of one short edge of the base.
- Center and stitch a 3″ hook side of the hook and loop tape to the reflective/silver side of one short edge of one Quilted Iron Quick section.
- Meet and pin completed pocket base to Quilted Iron Quick, right sides together, checking to ensure hook and loop tape sections are on opposite ends.
- Round the corners using a template included in Hot and Handy Projects.
- Stitch 1/2″ seam around the outer edge, leaving a 6″-8″ opening at the center of one long edge for turning.
Note from Nancy: To reduce bulk when trimming, use pinking shears or a rotary pinking blade. It is a great time saver, since the zigzag edge of pinking shears/blade removes excess fabric as it trims.
- Turn the pocket panel right side out. Press edge. Edgestitch around outer edge, stitching the opening closed.
- Stitch between lengthwise edges, 6″ from each short edge of the panel.
Prepare the Handle Panel
- Center and stitch the 3″ loop side of the hook and loop tape to the right side of one short edge of the Fabric A handle base.
- Center and stitch a 5-1/2″ hook side of the hook and loop tape to the silver side of one short edge of the remaining Quilted Iron Quick section.
- Join the handle base and Quilted Iron Quick section, right sides together with a 1/2″ seam, ensuring hook and loop sections are at opposite ends. Trim, press, turn and edgestitch as for the pocketed panel.
- Using the strapping handles, stitch the short ends together with a 1/2″ seam allowance. Press seams open. (See Hot and Handy Projects for details on creating fabric handles.)
Attach Handles to Handle Panel
- Fold handle base in half, meeting short ends. Mark center with a pin.
- Position handle on handle base, 3″ from each lengthwise edge, meeting handle seams to base center marks. Pin in place.
- Measure 6″ from each short edge. Mark from lengthwise edge to lengthwise edge. This indicates the starting and stopping points for stitching the handle strapping.
- Edgestitch each side of both handle strips between the 6″ markings.
Join the Casserole Panels
- Place the pocket panel fabric side up. Mark the center of the pocket.
- Meet short ends of the handle panel: Mark the center.
- Place the handle panel at a right angle to the pocket panel, fabric side up, meeting center marks. The handle panel will be approximately 11-1/2″ from ends of the pocket panel. Pin in place.
- Stitch along three sides to secure the layers, leaving the fourth side open for inserting a hot or cold pack.
A complete supply list and detailed directions are included in Hot and Handy Projects.
For a chance to win a copy of Hot and Handy Projects, leave a comment letting us know what fabric theme you’ll be using to create your Wrap ‘n Go Casserole Carrier. Maybe a floral carrier, or a food or kitchen themed novelty print, how about a sports team theme? Let us know in the comments. A random winner will be announced on April 21.
The Hot and Handy Projects book includes:
- Full color photographs and illustrations
- Step-by-step instructions
- Double-wire binding so pages lay flat when open—no more struggling to keep your page from turning or bending; plus it’s easier to keep your book right next to you as you work
- Soft cover with 44 pages
Bye for now,