Learn how to make a pot holder with a free sewing pattern. This beginner sewing project keeps food warm and makes a great handmade gift.
Getting together with family and friends is so great. Especially when you can enjoy all the delicious home-cooked food together.
It becomes difficult to keep food hot or cold when traveling to someone else's house, protect the surface it sits on, make sure it doesn't tip or spill, and protect it from snacking before serving them.
Create a pot holder that does it all with this fun sewing pattern. It keeps food hot or cold, protects the surface it's on, and keeps food flat and safe. It's great fun to use a beautiful fabric that you love to look at.
Get the free pattern at the end of the article or purchase the PDF version in my store!
What is a pot rack?
A casserole carrier is an insulated bag designed to keep food hot or cold while transporting it. There are straps for easy carrying and enough space inside to add the serving utensil.
When you make them, they are usually made from cotton fabric and cotton batting so they won't melt from too much heat.
What fabric should I use for a casserole dish support?
The best fabric to use for a casserole dish is cotton. Cotton fabric and cotton batting are materials available at fabric stores, but they will not melt if the pan gets too hot.
Cotton can still insulate food to keep it warm or cold, but it's also easy to find, easy to sew, and comes in all kinds of colors and prints.
How to insulate a casserole dish?
With what you have access to at a fabric store, you can insulate a casserole dish, but not in the same way as it would be if you bought it.
To insulate a casserole dish, you can use cotton wadding or iron-on fleece. Iron-on fleece is easier to sew, but it may melt at high temperatures. Cotton batting is thicker and harder to sew, but it can withstand heat.
You can also add a layer of Insul-Luminous* with cotton wadding for a very good layer of insulation. This will keep food hot or cold. I added Insul-Bright to one of my casserole stands, and it was definitely harder to sew, but I love having a truly insulated casserole dish.
*If your piece ever becomes too thick and difficult to sew, pound it flat with a hammer. This will help squash the fabric enough to make it easier to sew.*
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 casserole dish
- Free casserole support pattern – get it at the end of the article by entering your email
- 1 yard of quilting cotton fabric if you want the backing to be the same fabric OR 1/2 yard for outer fabric and 1/2 yard for inner fabric
- 1/8 yard of quilting cotton for the straps OR 1 fat quarter but you need to piece the straps together
- 1/2 yard of cotton batting (difficult to sew, better insulation) OR 1/2 yard of iron-on batting (easy to sew, less insulation)
- 1 meter of iron-on interface
- Optional: 1/4 yard of Insul-Luminous*
- Plastic snaps and clips, Velcro or buttons
- Sewing tools
- Sewing machine
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Cut from the fabric: four large rectangles and two straps
Cut from the fleece: two large rectangles
Cut from the iron-on interfacing: two large rectangles and two straps
Optional cut-out in Insul-Bright: two rectangles just thinner than the large rectangle
Fuse the interfacing to the back of two large rectangles of fabric.
Fuse the interface to the back of the straps. (If you used a fat quarter, sew your straps together to create two long straps.)
To create the backing, lay the interfaced piece of fabric side up. Lay the piece of unlined fabric face down. (The fabrics are now right sides together.)
Place the fleece on top. If using Insul-Bright, center it on the fleece.
Pin all layers together. Do the same with the other large rectangle pieces.
Sew around the edge with a 3/8 inch seam allowance. Pivot at the corners and leave a 4 inch hole to turn it right side out. Backstitch when you start and when you stop.
Cut corners to reduce clutter. Trim all seam allowances from the batting (and Insul-Bright) down to 1/8 inch.
Flip the pieces right side out through the hole. Use a bit driver to carefully pierce the corners.
Flatten each rectangle with nice clean edges.
Sew around each rectangle 1/8 inch from the edge to close the hole.
Fold the straps in half matching the long edges and press. Open the fold. Fold the long edges to meet at the center crease and press. Fold the three folds and press. (It's like a bias.)
Match the short ends of the straps right sides together. Make sure it is not twisted. Sew the ends together with a 3/8 inch seam allowance and backstitch when you start and when you stop.
Fold the straps back as they were pressed. Sew 1/8 inch from each long edge to close the edges and reinforce the straps.
Take one of the support pieces. This will become the background. Place the straps on the outside of the bottom piece, dividing it into thirds.
Pin the straps in place.
Sew a 6-inch rectangle to the center of each strap to secure it at the bottom.
Pin the straps in the middle to keep them away from the side seams. Place the two inner side support pieces together and the straps on the outside. Pin two long sides and one short side together.
Sew around three sides (leaving one short side open) with a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Backstitch several times at the opening to reinforce the seam.
Pull the straps up and down. For extra strength, attach the straps to the side seam allowance.
Add some sort of closure to the casserole support such as Velcro, a snap, or a button. I added a plastic snap in the center of the opening. You have finished!
Get the free sewing pattern here!
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