With the holidays approaching, it is time to make a handy item for yourself and maybe for others as a gift to facilitate transporting a contribution to a family or friend get together. This is a carrier you can make to simplify transporting your plate of cookies or pie or a hot dish. The specified size will hold a 9 inch pie plate or a 1 ½ to 2 quart casserole dish. You can adjust the size to fit your needs.
½ yard of fabric
½ yard of medium weight fusible interfacing. Instead of using interfacing, you can use a cotton batting to help keep your dish warm.
2 – 17” squares from fabric
1 – 17” square from interfacing
1 – 5 ½: x 17” strip of fabric for handle
2 – 2 1/2” x 5 1/2” strips of fabric for loops
The body –
1. Fuse interfacing to the wrong-side of one 17” square of fabric.
2. Place both 17” squares of fabric right-sides together and pin as needed.
3. Sew together with a 1/4” seam allowance leaving a 4 inch opening along one edge for turning.
4. You will get a sharper corner if, at each corner, you don’t stitch right into the corner. Instead, stop sewing before getting right into the corner, turn the fabric 45 degrees and take two stitches to get to the ¼ “ seam line, then turn the fabric another 45 degrees to line up with the fabric edge and resume sewing parallel to the fabric edge.
5. Turn the big squares right-side out. Use a point turner to push the corners out.
6. Top stitch at 1/8” from the edge. This will close the opening and make your fabric lay nicer.
Handles and loops –
1. Press a 1/4” hem along all four sides of the 2 ½” x 5 1/2” strips of fabric.
2. Fold in half lengthwise and press.
3. Repeat on the 5 1/2” x 17” strip of fabric.
4. Top stitch at 1/8” from folded edges on all three strips.
5. Sew a short strip onto a corner so it forms a loop as shown in picture above.
6. Sew the other short strip to opposite corner.
7. Sew the long strip to the other two corners.
8. Place a pie plate or casserole in the center of the fabric square and slip the two short loops over the long handle strap to close the square around the dish.