Casserole Carrier


Know anyone having a baby? Got a potluck dinner to go to? Just like carrying casserole dishes around on a regular basis? If so, this project is for you!

1 Prayer Flag charm pack
1 1/4 yd White Bleached Bella Solid
2 packages of crib sized batting
2 packages of 1/2" double fold bias tape OR 1/2 yd fabric for binding
2 round 6" purse handles
14 #20 snap caps
7 #20 snap studs
7 #20 snap sockets
Snap setter / snap press


1. Cut 10 charm squares in half to create (20) 2 1/2" x 5" rectangles. We'll call these "R."
2. Select 20 more charm squares. We'll call these "S."
3. Create 4 strips by sewing the following pattern: S, R, S, R, S, R, S, R, S, R.


4. Cut (6) 2 1/2" x 33" strips of White Bleached Bella Solid. Sew white strips to pieced charm square strips like photo below to create two main panels.

5. Cut (4) 8" x 24" rectangles of White Bleached Bella Solid. Sew two 8" x 24" rectangles to each main panel, making sure to center them. (Refer to photo for placement).

6. Sew two charm squares to each main panel, making sure to center them. (Refer to photo for placement).
7. Cut 2 layers of batting the same size as your panels.

8. Layer, baste, quilt, and bind entire perimeter.


9. Slide a purse handle over each short end of the panel toward the right (outer) side. Fold edge down. Pin and stitch in place.


10. Apply two snap studs to the right side of one panel flap as shown.


11. Apply two snap studs to the wrong side of the other panel flap.

12. Fold over your panel flap like the photo below to determine where to apply two snap sockets. Repeat with the other panel.

13. When the studs and sockets are applied, the panels will snap together to hold your casserole dish snugly in place.

14. Apply three snaps on the top edge under each purse handle (sockets on one side, studs on the other) to improve the structural integrity of the casserole carrier.



... a fun way to carry a casserole dish to a pot luck dinner!


Be sure to stop by my blog for lots of other fun ideas!

Thanks for looking,
Jenny Garland


30 comments:

traceyjay said...

so cute and clever (and functional!)

Nice job Jenny. :)

holly k said...

Wow...this is on my to do list from a Christmas gift IOU!!! Haven't found a pattern yet that I really wanted...this looks great! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! :)

rachel griffith said...

sheer brillance.
:D

Kelly said...

LOVE this. So pretty and functional. Talk about bringing your dish in style. I'd watch it like a hawk, though. Someone might just walk off with it, it's so darn cute.

Jenny Garland said...

Thanks so much, guys!

Cara said...

Cute! I'd be afraid of getting it dirty lol,

tarabu said...

Lovely and functional - what a delight!

sadieloree said...

This is fantastic and adorable!! I can't wait to make one!! :D

HoopDeeDoo said...

Wow, Jenny, great idea!! Every time I take someone a meal, I think of how nice it would be to have one of these, but I don't want to spend the money to buy one! Now the stash can provide one for me. Thanks for a great tutorial!

Carrie P. said...

What a fabulous idea.

SuzanneS said...

I love this!!! My mother-in-law sneakily took a pattern from a casserole carrier that I forgot at her house one day. She surprised us all (daughter and daughters-in-law) with new casserole carriers for Christmas. I forwarded this pattern to her and I'll bet I know what we'll be getting for Christmas this year. I'm looking forward to giving your pattern a try. Great design, fabrics, and colors! Thank you!

Snobahr said...

Love it! Thank you so much for posting it!

Mommy of Two 24/7 said...

Love this!! I am going to make one of these for my mom for Christmas! :) (I know, I'm a dork, its only July, but hey, this is a *perfect* gift for her!)

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Jo said...

It's gorgeous! I really want to make one of these. But - I think you've got the number of squares required wrong in the instructions. I've only got 25 squares left in my charm pack, and from the words that would be enough, but I was awake all night failing to make the maths work. Looking at the picture, I think you actually need 20 squares left whole, not 10.

Maybe I'll have to buy some more fabric....

Jenny Garland said...

Hi Jo - thanks for your comment. I looked back at the directions, and you are right. There do need to be 20 charm "S" pieces. I updated the pattern but you should still have enough fabric with one full charm pack. I'm sorry for the confusion!

Scraps said...

I have never used snaps. What kind of snaps did you use, plastic? and what do you recommend for a snap presser?

Earlene said...

Can you be more specific on your snap setter and snaps? I have looked for them and can't find them in my little town. Could you share the name brand. Maybe I could find them on the internet.

Jenny Garland said...

Hi Snaps and Earlene - I use a professional grade snap press because I use snaps all the time (http://www.kamsnaps.com/Snap-Press/Snap-Press-p112.html). *However* there is no need to buy a press that expensive for just a project here or there. Joann's has inexpensive snap setting tools like this that would work just fine:

http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog/productdetail.jsp?pageName=search&flag=true&PRODID=prd11080

http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog/productdetail.jsp?pageName=search&flag=true&PRODID=prd34657

Amanda said...

I was just curious if there was an easy way to attach the binding around the "L" shaped corners. (like the corner going into the handle pieces). My brain isn't working and I can't seem to figure it out! Any help would be appreciated! Thanks! Love the design!

Jenny Garland said...

Hi Amanda! I bound the 90 degree corners just like you would a regular quilt. For the inner corners, I folded and pinched the fabric before I sewed it (almost like a pleat). It ended up pretty smooth. Another alternative is to use bias tape for the binding. That would definitely be faster and give you more flexibility.

Sue said...

Jenny,
We don't understand why you need 4 - 8x24 strips of the solid fabric? The size of that finished piece looks like ~9 inches. It doesn't say to sew two pieces (of the 4) together, but how else would you do it? Please clarify.

Sue & Karen

Jenny Garland said...

Hi Sue and Karen! Look at Step 5. The 8"x24" solid pieces are for the flaps. You sew two flaps to the top and two flaps to the back. (Each piece will look somewhat like a lower case "t"). Please let me know if you need more clarification. Thanks :)

Anonymous said...

Jenny,
We're still confused. We think you bind the two pieces: the (8 x 24 solid color) piece and the patchwork piece separately. Is that correct?
Sue & Karen

Jenny said...

There is one piece of continuous binding for the whole casserole carrier. They are not bound separately.

Anonymous said...

Jenny,
Then please explain HOW the four separately quilted pieces are supposed to fit together. If you fit one of the plain pieces between the patterned pieces and one of the pieces on top of the patterned pieces, how do you bind it as a single piece?
Sue & Karen

Frederique said...

Great tutorial, and greater idea!!

Linda said...

Hi Jenny,
In step 5 do you place the two 4- piece strips right sides together before you add the white rectangles? Do you use one as the back and one as the front? Or do you place batting between first? Sorry to be so thick -LOL- but I am a little confused. Thanks for the lovely pattern though!

Jenny Garland said...

Hi Linda,

You want to sew 2 white rectangles to one of the pieced pieces right sides together to make a big "T" (like the picture in Step 6). You repeat this same thing to make an identical back big "T". Then you layer with batting and quilt. Hope to help!

All 4 white rectangles are used individually as the side flaps.

Linda said...

Thanks Jenny - I finished it yesterday. It will be on my blog as soon as I can get a photo of it.
Should be very useful! Thanks again.

jane said...

I'm not sure about the flaps. They seem too long, maybe I don't understand where to put the snaps.