Bread Buddy




Hi, I'm Debbie Cook from Stitches & Seams, and I was tired of my bread looking like this after I got it home from the grocery store.



So I decided to do something about it and came up with my Bread Buddy (named by my son Alex). I hope you like it. I'm planning on making more of these for Christmas presents because they're really quick, easy, and useful!






2 Coordinating Fat Quarters (featured is Fandango by Kate Spain, Sarabande Ole and Canto Ole)

Corrugated cardboard cut into eight (8) 4-1/8" x 6-3/4" rectangles (an old box works great!)

Sewable Hook & Loop tape (Velcro), about 4 inches each

Thread to match fabric and hook & loop tape

Scrap of fusible web

Other sewing/cutting supplies: Chalk for marking lines, pins, scissors/rotary cutter & mat, ruler, sewing machine, iron & ironing board/mat, washable glue stick



1. Cut both fat quarters to 18"W x 19"L.

2. From scraps, cut strap piece 2"W x 8"L. I used a scrap from each print. Set strap pieces aside for now.



3. On the 19" sides of the cover and liner pieces, press under 1/2" and then press under again 1/2" to form a double-fold hem.



4. Edge stitch close to inside fold from the wrong side, or topstitch 3/8 from outside edge. Repeat on liner.





Set liner piece aside for now.

5. With right sides facing, stitch around the strap pieces with a 1/4" seam allowance, leaving an area unstitched for turning. Clip corners, turn and press. Insert a scrap of fusible web into the hole used for turning and fuse closed.



6. Topstitch around the edge of the strap, about 1/4" from the edge.



7. Attach a rectangle of the hook tape (scratchy side) to one end of the bottom side of your strap by edgestitching around the tape.



8. Use chalk to draw stitching guidelines onto the right side of the cover. Draw a horizontal guideline across the middle. (Fold the fabric in half and mark with a pin to get your center point.) See the diagram below.





9. Using a washable glue stick (or pins), attach the end of the strap without the hook tape onto the cover in the center of the quadrant shown, with the bottom edge of the strap positioned approximately 2" from the edge of the cover.

Attach the loop (fuzzy) tape in the quadrants shown. The tape in the upper right of the photo below is centered in the space, allowing for a 1/2" seam allowance on the right/raw edge. The tape in the bottom row is positioned in the center of the chalk lines, with the bottom edge of the tape positioned approximately 3-3/4" from the bottom edge of the cover.



10. Topstitch the strap onto the cover, stitching in a square to secure it to the cover.

11. Switch your thread & bobbin to match the hook & loop tape and stitch the loop tape down onto the cover. Don't forget to change your thread & bobbin back when you've finished.

12. Stack the liner and cover wrong sides together and pin the hemmed edges together to keep the fabrics from slipping.

13. Using the chalk lines as your guides, stitch the cover and liner pieces together, 1/8" to the left and to the right of each guideline. This creates the "pockets" for the cardboard rectangles. When done stitching, brush away the chalk.



14. Fold the cover/lining unit so that the raw edges meet and right sides of the cover are together. Stitch all 4 raw edges together/closed in one pass, using a 1/2" seam allowance. Press the seam allowances open.



15. Using a serger or zigzag stitches, serge/sew the seam allowances together and press to one side.



16. Turn cover right side out.



17. Insert one cardboard rectangle into each of the eight pockets, four are inserted from one side and the remaining four from the other side.



18. Before inserting a loaf of bread, attach the strap to the loop tape on the pocket directly across. (The other loop tape is used when folding the Bread Buddy for carrying empty.)



19. When at the store, hold the end of the bread bag and insert down into the Bread Buddy, as below.



19. The bottom of the bread will rest against the strap to keep it from sliding out.



Your bread is now safe for transport and won't get squooshed when something rolls on top of it in the shopping cart or on the drive home.

To fold up an empty Bread Buddy, unfasten the strap from the end and flatten like this:



Fold the Bread Buddy vertically with the second piece of loop tape on the outside, like this:



Fold in half, like this:



Secure closed by fastening the hook tape end of the strap to the loop tape.





1 Bread Buddy, to fit most typical loaves of grocery store bread


The Bread Buddy is washable - just remove the cardboard inserts first.

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed my first tutorial for the Moda Bake Shop!

Debbie Cook

{http://stitchesandseams.blogspot.com}


54 comments:

KaHolly said...

"Necessity is the mother of invention". Very clever! Perhaps you should stand up and take a bow!! Well done! ~karen

Lisnaweary Quilts said...

Super idea, there's nothing worse than squashed bread!

Admitted Fabricaholic said...

It is the best thing since sliced bread - lol.

Seriously though, I LOVE it! Good job!!!

Thank you for posting the tutorial :)


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Shelley said...

Cool! Just simply Cool! :)

Lori said...

Great idea.

Julie said...

Amazing what people think of. I love this idea! Thanks.

pwnmom said...

I LOVE it!! Great idea and thanks for sharing!

bmayer said...

Well, it is a cute idea, but I think I'll just buy sturdier (and more healthy) bread. Not so much a white bread girl.

Jenny Garland said...

Fabulous :)

Cindy said...

Now THAT'S using your imagination. How cool!!

Jean @ Quilted Cupcake said...

Great idea! Bet you get lots of comments at the grocery store - genius!

Crystal Hendrix said...

awesome idea!! :D I will have to try this!!

Montse said...

I follow you in a while, but since I do not speak English, I can not communicate with you, I live far from you, but through the Internet I see everything you do and I like a lot, that the bread is fabulous. Now with the google translator I can congratulate you on your idea. Thanks. Montse

Scrap'N'Play said...

that is such a cute idea. I think I'll have to make some for friends at Christmas. Thank you for such a good tute!
Stacy

Ann's Fashion Studio said...

Love it! Wonderful idea.

Four dogs and one quilter said...

What a wonderful idea, will have to make some for my daughter.

Crafty Mama said...

Wow, what a clever idea! Great tutorial!

NaomiG said...

I would have NEVER, in a million bajillion years thought of that idea, but I LOVE IT! So cute and fun.

Quiltjane said...

What a brilliant idea. You have saved the world from odd looking sandwiches and toast. Thank you. You win the Domestic Engineer award. Well Done.

Christina said...

What a clever idea! I'm going to give this one a try.

KarrieLyne said...

Genius!!! I'm totally going to have to make a few of these!!! :D

AMKreations said...

That is by far the MOST amazing thing I've ever seen! What a great idea and thank you for sharing a tutorial with us...I'm still in awe!

Jan Hatchett said...

This is too stinkin' cute! What a cool gift, maybe with a sewn grocery bag!

HoopDeeDoo said...

(jaw hanging open) That is freaking brilliant!

BJ in TX said...

Debbie, this is way cute. I know you are a June Cleaver girl at heart, and this just proves it. Perfect bread for your perfect family. Love you girl - just teasin'....this will make a great little gift!

Candie said...

Awesome and will look so cute on my countertop! Oh and white bread girl can go eat her sturdy cardboard...

Aggiequilter said...

Super Awesome idea !! Love it !!

& White Bread Girl - don't know what kind of wheat bread YOU buy, but my very good WHEAT bread gets squished sometimes too !

Sandie said...

How seriously COOL! What a very very cleaver idea!

thelazyquilter said...

This just gave me the biggest laugh of the week! lol Cute and funny too. :)

Rose said...

Great direction! Thanks

KristenMary said...

Genius!!!

karynval said...

another idea: you could use plastic canvas instead of cardboard inside of your bread buddy, you are very clever, I love, love, love your bread buddy.

Amy D. said...

This is perfect for keeping my bread fiend cat out of my sandwich bread!

Thanks!

Marjie said...

I've never seen bread that doesn't get squished, even by thus the weight of another loaf on top! And cheap bread for Thor's vitamin sandwiches makes me feel a lot better, especially when Thor's little friends leave the bread open on the counter to go stale!

angela said...

That. Is. Fabulous!

Mariana said...

What original idea !!! Congratulations

Erika said...

Debbie this is not only brilliant (simple and functional !) but your timing could not be better, looking for ideas for the school fete ! Thank you sooooooo much !

desertratchronicles said...

This is a GREAT idea! I'm so glad I stopped by Moda Bake Shop today!

ALittleQandR said...

I know exactly what my mother is getting for Christmas!! She always gets very "cranky" when her bread gets smushed, so she will absolutely LOVE this! Thank you

Larry & Candy said...

This is such a cute idea! Could I use this as a class in my shop, giving you the credit, of course? We're always looking for new projects for our monthly embroidery club.

Shirley in Canada said...

That is such a cute project and most useful too!!

Debbie Cook said...

Thanks for all the nice comments! :-)

Yes, everyone - free free to use this in a class or for craft shows. Enjoy!

4dreamsr said...

I hate sqwished bread too. Like the plastic canvas idea so it's washable without taking apart. Not sure if sturdy enough. Will try when I make one.

Kathy Lungren said...

What a great idea! Thanks for sharing so I can make some for Christmas gifts.

Hotquilts said...

I bake bread; when I carry it to gift someone, it can get smooshed.Now I can sew up a bread buddy and wrap up my fresh loaves when I give them away!Your Bread Buddy would work for my sons' store bought bread too( they prefer it to my home baked sometimes).Thanks for the clever idea!

Matt's Momma said...

This is a cool idea! But the best part was seeing BUNNY bread again! We had that growing up in Minnesota and I haven't seen it for years! It made the best toast!

Geek+Nerd said...

This is quite cute! Great tutorial!

Paula said...

At first...I thought.. who in their right mind would make a fabric cover for their bread let alone take the time to make one?.... then I looked at the whole tutorial...(I try to keep an open mind)... I LOVE it! I have to make some... not just for me, but for gifts! Monogrammed! Thanks sew much!

Robert said...

Would love your permission to make the Bread Buddy for our quilt boutique to raise funds for our Women's Shelter and the family food banks this coming year.

Thanks fr such a great idea !!

kmleone@snet.net

Karen

Debbie Cook said...

Hi Karen/Robert,
As I noted a few comments above, permission granted! :-)

Anonymous said...

You are a great designer. I will hunt up odds and ends for keeping bread unsquashed. This will make dandy Xmas gifts. (Who knows,, I might even slide a fruitcake inside. Cordially, Nehmah

threadlady said...

How about using plastic needlepoint canvas. Should be washable but might need to dry flat.

Alyssa said...

Love it!

Samantha said...

I love this and I would leave the BB on the bread because it is so cute. You could make it to match kitchen curtains, appliance covers, etc. Then the bread looks nice sitting out.