Learn how to make a warming casserole dish with a free sewing pattern. This large heating pad protects surfaces and makes a great handmade gift.
Want a fun handmade gift idea? Try a casserole heating pad. It's a quick sewing project that only uses a fat quarter of fabric, and the pretty fabric is so fun to show off and protect surfaces from hot pans. It would be easy to make several to give to your friends or neighbors!
I've seen larger heating pads and didn't realize how much I would love making them and using them in my kitchen. They are super useful, washable, protect surfaces and help a little with spills.
What fabric and batting should I use for a casserole heating pad?
Since the heating pad will interact with a lot of heat, it is very important to use cotton for everything. Use cotton quilting fabric, cotton batting for the interior, and cotton thread. These materials are all still washable, but can withstand heat.
What is a PDF sewing pattern?
A PDF pattern is a sewing pattern designed on a computer and organized so that it can be printed on several sheets of letter or A4 size paper.
I love using PDF sewing patterns because if the pattern gets damaged or my kids or I have changed sizes, I can always print it again. It will never be destroyed since I have a digital version!
How to use a PDF sewing pattern?
Open the PDF on a computer and click Print. When printing, make sure the scaling is set to 100% or no scaling so that the design prints at the correct size.
Once the design is printed, it can be glued together to achieve its actual size. Then the pattern can be cut out for each size piece of the pattern or individual sizes can be traced so that the pattern can be used again and again. Learn how to use PDF sewing patterns.
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How to make a hot casserole
- Free hot pot sewing pattern – get it at the end of the article by entering your email in the form
- 1 large quarter of quilting cotton
- 1 quarter yard of cotton wadding*
- 1.5 yards of 1/2 inch double fold bias binding
- Optional: sewing machine walking foot*
- Cotton thread
- Sewing tools
- Sewing machine
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Use the pattern piece to cut two rectangles out of the fabric. Use the pattern piece to cut out two rectangles from the cotton batting.
Sandwich the layers like this: fabric face down, batting, batting and fabric face up.
Pin to the edges and center of the rectangular sandwich.
Draw the lines you want to quilt. I made perpendicular rows two inches apart.
Quilt all four layers together by stitching along each line. This step is much easier if you have a walking foot*, but it is possible without.
The layers have probably shifted slightly as you have quilted, so cut off any extending layers.
Take your bias binding and sew it around the edges to the back of the heating pad and join the bias binding for a continuous edge. (How to sew bias binding.)
Flip the bias binding to the front and clip or pin in place. Sew or topstitch carefully along the fold to hold the bias in place. You have finished!
Get the free sewing pattern here!
If you make anything using this sewing project, I'd love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and identify me!