I made this casserole carrier for Bow & Sparrow for the Spell My Name Swap Round 11, and since lots of other swappers said they wanted casserole carriers now, I thought I'd share how I made this one. I'm in the very early beginning stages of learning to sew, so it's VERY basic.
What you need:
- inside fabric
- outside fabric
- something to serve as a base/stabilizer
- eyelets and eyelet punch
- ribbon, leather lacing, or extra fabric to make tie/handles
- sewing machine and thread
- measuring implement
I made a carrier for an 8"x8" or 9"x9" pan or pie plate. You can rescale it to whatever other size you need. I haven't done the mental geometry to figure out how to make this method work for a rectangular dish but I don't imagine it would be too difficult.
I cut 17" squares of the inside and outside fabric, and my base/stabilizer was two layers of cardboard, cut 8" square. (In retrospect, I wish I had used something else, because I didn't realize until I was writing the notes to my swap partner that you can't wash this thing or the cardboard will get all soggy.)
Put the inside and outside fabrics right sides together and sew around three sides. Turn it inside out (press it if you like neat edges).
Put the base inside the "pocket" you've made, and center it, turning it to be a diamond to your square. See image below.
(The turquoise is the fabric, the dotted black line is where the cardboard is on the inside.)
I used binder clips to hold the cardboard in place on three sides while I sewed the other side, but you may find a more efficient way. However you do it, hold it in place relative to your fabric and sew around the base, as close as you can, on all four sides.
Tuck in the edges of the fourth side of your square of fabric, and sew around all four edges.
Use the eyelet punch to add eyelets to the four corners of your fabric (I measured one inch in from the corner, and used large eyelets, which I think are 1/4").
Thread your eyelets with the tie/handle of your choice. I used a leather lacing that went with the color of the fabric, and doubled it up so there's extra length in case Bow & Sparrow wants to rethread it a different way. Make sure there's enough length, however you thread it, to be able to open at least one side to get your pie or casserole in and out.
If I left out anything important or if you have questions/critiques/etc., I'd love to hear about it!!! I think this might be the first tute I've done (or at least the first in a really long time) so feedback is appreciated.