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Monday, May 23, 2011

Sew an Insulated Casserole Carrier

Anchor Hocking 3-Piece 2-Quart Sculpted Baking Dish with Slate Blue Plastic Lid and Blue Tote.
My gifted caddy looks like this guy
Lucky me got an insulated casserole caddy with hot and cold packs for a wedding present. I don’t make a lot of casseroles but the thing is fan-tabulous for taking food to work potlucks, family gatherings, and all around food toting around goodness.

I wish I had a caddy for my rectangular covered Pyrex dish. I use that thing to store and tote cupcakes, and like here there and everywhere. A carrier would make toting my cookies easier.

All of the insulated carriers I saw in stores came with a new dish and hot packs. I don’t need a new dish and hot packs. I only want the carrier.

If I can’t buy, I’ll DIY!


I made an insulated casserole caddy using a set of old towels. You can buy insulating batting from a fabric store if you don’t have an old towel. The towel route is cheaper and very reduce, reuse, recycle.

My mom gave me some star fabric she found while doing a clean out at one of her ladies’ clubs. The ladies were going to toss it. Mom said I could do something clever with it and gave it to me.

No pressure.

Mom, I think I did something clever with the fabric.

Or not.

You be the judge.

With Memorial Day and summer (please come back to stay warm summer weather!) and picnics and 4th of July I ran with the whole Americana stars, red, white, and blue theme.

 All ready for holiday picnics and fireworks!

Sadly, Husband wouldn't let me make an insulated casserole caddy that shoots fireworks. Maybe I’ll try that with Insulated Casserole Caddy 2: Cupcake's Revenge.

I want my caddy to fit both my Pyrex and my Anchor Hocking covered dishes that are slightly different sizes. I made a newspaper mock up and tried it on both dishes.

Pattern time!

After a few tweaks, I used my newspaper pattern to cut two rectangless of pretty star fabric for the outside of the carrier, navy blue cotton fabric from my stash for the inside of the carrier, and old bath towel for the middle insulating layer of the carrier.

I can’t do this without you. I don’t have thumbs!

I sewed the three layers of fabric right sides together. Next, I turned it right side out via the gap I left in the stitches. Then, I top stitched around the edge of each fabric rectangle to close the gap, keep the layers from shifting, and make everything look professional.

 Use the gap in the seam to turn the fabric right side out.
 
I pinned the two rectangles together and sewed them together.

Stitch, stitch, stitch!


I cut and sewed handles from more blue fabric. I sewed the handles to the bottom of the caddy.

 Handles - Bam!

I used buttons from my grandma’s button box and ribbon to hold the layers closed. This way I can use the caddy to carry different size dishes.

 I bet you could fill the dish with hotdogs if you wanted...

A bit of red rick rack makes it snazzy for Memorial Day and the 4th of July!

 Rick rick, button, and ribbon tie - Bam!

If you don’t have a hot or cold pack for your carrier, you can make my rice bag hot pack and use that to keep your cookies warm.


Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand the kicker? After I made my insulated casserole carrier and broke the bobbin plate on my sewing machine to do it, I found insulated casserole carriers for sale on Amazon.


HAWAIIAN HONU TURTLE INSULATED HOT & COLD CASSEROLE CARRIER 
Where were you when I needed you most?

I think mine is cuter though, broken sewing machine and all.

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