It’s a dilemma we have all faced: how to carry the hot dishes to an event. This Thanksgiving we headed over to my brother’s place, and once again I was creating a makeshift newspaper wrapped package to get my Pyrex dish in one piece, still piping hot, to the table miles away.
I couldn’t find a pattern for the first one I saw several years ago: a quilted insulated casserole carrier with handles. There are some clever versions to make. Now I can carry that pie in style. It would make a great gift, too. You can dream up your own versions easily.
I have a few people on my list that would appreciate it. The other DIY gift I am working on this year is a simple chef’s apron. I have lots of people I know who could use one. I don’t know about you, but for me this is the year of the homemade gift.
Here’s instructions for a square cover with handles that uses different inserts to keep your dish hot or cold.
Here are the instructions for round dishes with the drawstring hole in the top for the pan lid to poke through.
A bread blanket is useful too.
Besides using up all your bits and scraps from the stash, you may need to invest in Insul-Bright thermal batting, or Thermaflec, that reflective silver coated fabric. (It comes in plain and quilted.) I am thinking of using this to make a tea cosy, like Rusty Bobbin. It’s great for hot pads and oven mitts too.
Don’t forget about hot rice packs, too, for a great homemade gift idea. (I love the faux hot water bottle idea.)