Cozy Casserole Carrier

16 Jan

One of my first sewing projects was quite an ambitious one, to say the least. I had decided the best way to get to know my sewing machine and learn to sew straighter lines was to make Christmas presents for my family and friends. Here’s what I made…

A Cozy Casserole Carrier!

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Yes, I could certainly point out all of the flaws in every cozy carrier, but overall I was happy with the results. The first one I made, I decided I would quilt myself. Yes, I was VERY ambitious!

Let me tell you…all that sandwiching of fabric and insulated batting, then sewing the lines to quilt it together was A LOT of work for a newbie like me! Whew!!

So, after I completed the first carrier, I decided I was going to use my coupons and get Double Face Quilt Fabric! Yes, the double faced quilted fabric is a little more expensive, but it’s already quilted! Also, each side has a different pattern with coordinating colors! Perfect for this project in my opinion, because I wanted the inside pattern to be different from the outside pattern.

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Here’s how they turned out! Below, the Cozy Casserole Carrier on left was my first ever casserole cozy. Yep! The one I quilted myself with insulated (Insul-Bright) batting between the coordinating fabrics. The one on the right however, was made with the double face quilt fabric. The pre-quilted fabric saved a ton of time and overall, even cost a little less (after couponing of course!).

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I used a huge serving bowl to trace the circles for the top and bottom. The bottom circle can be slightly bigger, but I made mine the same size. Then, I used a cereal bowl as a pattern for the top hole. I sewed bias tape around the inside hole, leaving room for a string so the top could be cinched closed and pulled open. For the handles, I did add interfacing for a little more strength and reinforcement.

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Since I had them handy, I used round shoe laces as the cinch-strings for the top hole and finished the string ends with colorful beads! I made 11 Cozy Casserole Carriers in all!!

Here are few of them!

These colorful carriers have held warm casseroles, tins of cookies, plates of brownies, and cold salads! They have even carried pies and cupcakes! Although these pretty little things are round, they can easily hold square, rectangle, oval, and circular dishes and they are strong, durable, and WASHABLE! I can certainly say I was Sew Giddy about these gifts that year!

What was your first big sewing project? I’d “sew” love to hear about it!

 

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3 Responses to “Cozy Casserole Carrier”

  1. wallflowerstudio February 7, 2016 at 4:07 pm #

    Hi Michelle,
    This is adorable! I would use it for sure! Form and function. 🙂
    Lovely to meet, and thanks for visiting my blog.
    – Karen

    • SewGiddy February 7, 2016 at 4:09 pm #

      Thank you! Functional crafts are great, aren’t they? Looking forward to reading more of your posts! Thanks for stopping by!

      • wallflowerstudio February 7, 2016 at 4:17 pm #

        They sure are! And, I’m looking forward to your posts, too, Thanks!
        Have a lovely weekend 🙂

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