How To Sew Casserole Carriers


Sooner or later you will be invited to a potluck and need a casserole carrier.  How hard can that be?

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How To Sew Casserole Carriers

Whether church, neighborhood, civic group, co-workers, or quilting bee, you will be invited to a potluck or picnic. Let's assume that you have sewed before, but not recently. What decisions do you need to make before starting your casserole carrier?

How To Sew Casserole Carriers


  • Shape: You can make square, rectangular or even round ones. I found more than a dozen free patterns online of every size and shape. Some even had inner pockets for hot or cold packs.
  • Choice of fabric: Usually, you would select a super cute cotton like roosters with wild colors so everyone will notice. You can also use padded placemats. I have used a well-padded vinyl placemat for the outside and cotton for the inside. Ease of cleaning is important in your choice.
  • Batting: thermal batting is the batting of choice. The foil layer inside acts as an insulator. Be sure to understand the instructions because it does matter which side you place toward your food. (Safety note: do not use thermal batting in the microwave.)
    • You can use 2-3 layers of regular cotton batting.
    • You can also use an iron-on foam in some of the patterns.
    • Generally, do not use polyester as it is not effective for heat.
    • The insulation protects the food, surfaces such as tables, and even your car seats, so choose well.
  • You need to close the container to keep the food hot or cold. Will you use the handles to close, Velcro, or even a zipper? You will probably be using a combination of these. Well-padded handles make your package easier to carry.
  • If you usually take the same dish for a potluck, select a carrier tailored to your favorite dish. If you don't, you can choose an adjustable carrier. Select a pattern that is easy to read and therefore, make. You can select one with attached serving spoons for handles or a utensil pocket.


Sample 1: This easy to make carrier has a vinyl placemat with batting on the bottom and fabric with batting on the top. The tie handles keep the dish secure inside and it has a handle matching the fabric. This would be perfect for cookies or bars, but maybe not something heavy like lasagna. Including the disposable dish makes it a perfect hostess gift.

Casserole Carrier Sample 1


Sample 2: I copied this one from a carrier that my mother had. In some similar patterns, the wooden dowels are replaced with wooden spoons. There is also a piece of Masonite in a pocket in the bottom to stabilize the carrier. Be sure to tie the cross pieces before picking up the handles. Hubby didn't once and the casserole dish slipped out the side and landed on the ground. Luckily, it was AFTER the potluck.

Casserole Carrier Sample 2


Sample 3: This carrier is adjustable. The basis is the handle is sewn from corner to opposite corner and then goes through the loops on the other corners to make a secure package.

Casserole Carrier Sample 3


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If you are using a casserole carrier for a hostess or housewarming gift, why not up your game and include matching bowl cozies or potholders?


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