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November 30, 2008

The Dish

Filed under: Georgene,Inspirations,Musings,sewing — georgene @ 12:00 am

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.

Look at the great quilter’s version with the wooden spoons for handles.

Here are the instructions for round dishes with the drawstring hole in the top for the pan lid to poke through.

I love this one with the rings to pull the handle thru. That makes it very adaptable to for many different sizes and shapes of dish.

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.)

Keep it warm this winter, and enjoy.drawstring-1


  1. I had forgotten how easy these carriers are to make, and how practical. Just the right gift to make for Christmas too 🙂 Thanks for sharing the different styles……I had not seen the one with the pull thru handle. Were there directions anywhere for this one? I think it could be a fun project for us to do on DIYStyle!

    Comment by Cindy Cummins — November 30, 2008 @ 8:56 am

  2. These are great Georgene! The square one is simple to make; it’s bascially a large square with looped rings on two diagonal corners and the handle sewn to the opposite diagonal corners. The rings look to be 1 or 1 1/4 inch Susan Bates knitting rings, and to dress it up a bit more the rings could be covered with grosgrain ribbon to match the binding on the square.

    Comment by phyllisc — November 30, 2008 @ 9:10 am

  3. Thanks for this. It reminds me of my mom. She has dementia and is in a nursing home now, but she made these for years and years. She made the kind in the second photo. 🙂

    Comment by Kitty — November 30, 2008 @ 10:38 am

  4. Thanks for the gift ideal!!!

    Comment by Angelia — December 1, 2008 @ 12:20 am

  5. great gift ideas, thanks for sharing…..just need a wine carrier now and I am all set!

    Comment by Handmaiden — December 1, 2008 @ 10:25 am

  6. Thanks for the instructions. I have one of those and they really are fantastic gifts.

    Comment by Cindy — December 1, 2008 @ 1:28 pm

  7. What neat ideas! Will whip some up for holiday gifts!

    Comment by Joey — December 3, 2008 @ 4:11 pm

  8. The one with the spoons is a very problematic design. There is a better design, that is more like an envelope with real handles.. its a commerically available pattern, McCalls maybe?

    Anyway, with the design you featured, you still have to hold the bottom, can’t just carry 🙂 just an FYI… and YES, I did drop a pyrex dish, PTL, that it was already *empty*

    Comment by Leslie — December 4, 2008 @ 2:17 pm

  9. One tip for the handles of the square cover…cut the dowel or whatever you are using just slightly smaller than the measurement from outer edge to outer edge of the dowel pocket then stitch those ends of the dowel pocket shut and insert the dowel. Then stitch the long edge of the dowel pocket with your zipper foot.

    This way the dowel can not slip out and cause you to drop the dish. Dowels don’t mind being washed once in awhile.

    Comment by Linda T — December 5, 2008 @ 12:51 pm

  10. Those are adorable, and I wish I’d had one to take to the pie party I attended Saturday.

    BTW, still waiting with bated breath to see how your adventures with Rucci have turned out…

    Comment by Style Spy — December 8, 2008 @ 10:47 am

  11. I have a question that is unrelated to this post =). I thought that a while ago I had read on your blog a tutorial about how to sew the facing on at the same time as the zipper (first zipper was sewn in, then facing at CB seam, then neckline, corners trimmed and turned). But I can’t find it. Was I wrong? Do you maybe know there that tutorial is on the web? I thought it was written by els, but I may be wrong. I’d be thankful if you could help me find something like that. I can’t remember all the details.

    Comment by Natalija — December 10, 2008 @ 10:57 am

  12. Thank you for the inspiration and links! Instructions for the carrier with looped rings can be found at

    Comment by Irene — December 12, 2008 @ 1:12 pm

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