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Quilted Casserole Carrier Tutorial - For Your Next Pot Luck

Have you seen all the casserole carriers out there?  I had been looking at the various carriers but none of them really fit what I wanted.  I don't see any reason to make something that's not exactly what I want or what I will use.  When I take a casserole to a potluck I want people to take a second look at what I'm carrying.  What else I love about this quilted casserole carrier is that it gives me a practical quilting test piece.  Everyone tells you to practice your quilting but no one ever says what to do with those practice pieces.  These make great gifts too.  A quilted casserole carrier and a set of four bowl cozies are perfect for anyone you need to give a gift.

Quilted Casserole Carrier

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Supplies & Cutting Directions For Quilted Casserole Carrier

2 - 24-inch squares, I usually use contrasting fabrics 1/3 of a yard is 24 inches exactly save the rest of the width we'll use it later
1 strip of webbing 22 inches long, You can purchase webbing at many craft stores by the yard or you can just buy a 10-yard spool of it and have it whenever you need it.  Or in my case, whenever your husband needs it.
2 - 26-inch squares of batting Use your favorite batting but I would steer away from 100% polyester since it might melt

Sewing Directions Quilted Casserole Carrier 

All seams are 1/4 inch unless otherwise noted.

The first thing we are going to do is draw an X on each square of our fabric.  I forgot to do this until after I had my batting and fabric basted together.  It's much easier to draw on the fabric without the batting.

Next, we make open-face sandwiches.  Piece of batting with a piece of fabric on top.  I baste them by using hairspray and dry iron.  

Then I sewed on the X I made.  This is an optional step.  If you are going to do the free motion quilting you do not need to do this step.  If you aren't going to do free motion quilting this is a must-do step.

Now, we get to quilt!!  You do whatever makes your heart happy.  Meander, quilt feathers, play with that new design you've got in your head.  

Trim up your two squares.  They may not end up being 24 inches.  Quilting sometimes eats up a little space.  Mine ended up being 23 1/2 inches so I trimmed just a little off of each side.  

Now we have to pick which square is our inner fabric.  And now is the time to get your math brain going because we need to do some math.  You need to measure the width of your webbing.  Mine was 1 1/2 inches wide.  We take that measurement and double it and then add 3/4 inch to it.  So mine was 1.5 x 2 = 3 plus .75 gave me a final of 3 3/4.  Cut that wide of a strip from the leftover fabric, but instead of cutting selvage to selvage, we are cutting it from cut edge to cut edge so we end up with a strip 24 inches long.  While you have your scrap out, go ahead and cut a 1 1/4 inch x 24-inch strip, set it aside for now.

We need to turn that strip into a tube.  Fold it in half and stitch down, I backstitch at the start and the end so the tube does pop stitches when I turn it.  Turn it right side out and press, centering the seam as best as possible.

Now we have to feed our webbing into the tube.  If you notice the webbing is shorter than the tube.  We want to leave about an inch on each end.

We want to double fold the ends so we can hide the raw edge.  I give it a good press and then use a binder clip to hold it in place while I do the other sides.  

Since this is a pretty thick end putting a pin through the strap isn't going to work.  I use some school glue and dry iron to hold the strap on.  Yes, the strap is shorter than the actual piece of fabric.  That's so we have room for our casserole dish.  You are going to attach the ends of the strap about 1 1/2 inches from the corner.  I double stitch, first I zig-zag around the edges, then straight stitch with an X in the middle.  If you are worried about stability you can add a piece of fabric to the back.

Remember that 1 1/4 inch strip I had you cut earlier?  Time to find it.  We are going to make a tube out of it too.  Just like we did with the strap.  Then we need to cut it into two 7 inch pieces.  Tuck the raw edges in just a little bit.  

I just eyeballed this step and didn't take any measurements.  I know, bad pattern writer.  We are going to make loops to run our strap through.  Place them about 1 1/2 inches from the corner.  I stitch it down with two lines of stitching.  If your machine has a true reverse use that, you can just sew backward right beside your first line of stitches.  

Now, we are joining the two halves together!  Right sides together we are going to sew it together.  Remember to leave an opening so you can turn it right side out.  Poke the corners out, give it a good press so that your carrier lays nice and flat.  Then top stitch around making sure to close the opening. If you need photos for these steps please see the bowl cozy post. That's it!  You have a quilted casserole carrier!

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  1. What an interesting project! I always think of quilts rather than other types of useful items. A casserole holder would never have occurred to me. Yours looks great.

  2. Hello Melissa,
    I had never even heard of casserole carriers until fairly recently. Using up the practice pieces in this way is a brilliant idea. I keep meaning to turn my first FMQ efforts into oven gloves, but still haven't got round to it.
    Thank you for linking up with Free Motion Mavericks!
    Love, Muv