With all the Christmas lunches being held throughout the coming month leading up to Christmas, I would like to share with you a great little casserole caddy that I use to "take a plate" with food on it of course.
It's so easy to make and it's great for carrying the hot casserole and keeping it warm till you get to your destination, I use mine for hot or cold food.
You will need:
1/2 metre (1/2 yd) of fabric
A 50cm (19in) square piece of lining fabric.
About 1/2 mt (1/2 yd) lace trim.
Cut a square measuring 19 inches of both the fabric and lining.
Cut a sq of wadding 18 inches sq, the wadding needs to be slightly smaller than the fabric sq's, so that when you hem around the edge it won't be too thick to turn.
Sandwich the three layers together and pin to hold in place.
Machine stitch rows about 3 inches apart to secure the layers together and give a quilted effect.
Turn the outside raw edges over twice to the lining side, and stitch around to form a hem, you may find the corners a bit thick, I start stitching in from the corners and trim the corners off, the raw edge will be covered up later.
Fold the remaining main fabric in two and cut to two ( 4 pieces)carry handles measuring 9 ins long x 3 1/2 ins wide ,
Cut one ( 2 pieces) cover flap measuring 10 ins long x 6 ins wide .
From the wadding cut two handle pieces, cut the wadding slightly shorter than the fabric and one piece for the flap also slightly shorter than the fabric.
You might like to round off the handle pieces for a nice look.
With two pieces of fabric right sides together and a piece of wadding on top stitch around the three layers leaving the bottom open to turn through to the right side.
Tuck in the raw edge of the bottom and stitch closed.
Do the same to all the pieces, and stitch around the outside about a 1/2in in to hold the layers in place together.
Turn all four corners of the caddy over twice onto the right side and stitch down.
Please refer to the pic, at this stage you might like to tuck in a piece of lace on each corner as I have.
Next place the flap under one corner and stitch in place, then place the handle pieces opposite each other on corners and stitch in place securely.
With the left over fabric, make a long tie, it needs to be long enough so that when opened flat the tie won't come out.
Now all you need to do is buttonhole the one of the handle pieces and sew two buttons on the other.
Thread the tie through and your done..
Enjoy.. These make great Christmas presents.
Copyright © 2006—All Rights Reserved — Written By Julia Camilleri on her "Julia's Place" Blog. For more crafting tips and techniques visit Julia's "Julia's Place" blog. Julia is a seamstress who specializes in crazy quilting, ribbon embroidery, and all things Victorian. She sells her handmade items on her "Ribbonwiz Etsy Shoppe." For more pictures of Julia's creations please visit Julia's Flickr site.