Boy, it's a good thing I really love my sister. She requested a casserole carrier quite some time ago. "Not a round one", she said, "I want one to carry my 9 x 13 pan".
So, I have had the special fabric for almost a year now, and it's been sitting in the casserole pan on my sewing table all that time. I didn't quite have the right pattern to make the carrier, and and looked at free pattern after free pattern . None of them was what I was looking for.
So after making the little round casserole carrier yesterday, I decided tackle the task of making my sister's rectangle casserole carrier. I spread the fabric out and set the dish on it. My brain was doing 10 calculations at once, then my plan of action was being developed as I was folding and unfolding the fabric around the dish.
I've been measuring, sewing, fitting and tweaking this design all day. It's modeled something like this one that is a free pattern and this one too. Except the one I made is simply made from 2 layers of quilters cotton and it's not stuffed with batting. I did make a plain black quilted hot pad that sits under the dish. It's hard to see, but I just quilted straight lines back and forth on it. Do you see it?
The fabric was chosen because my sister hates peas but loves "pea" inspired things. It's funny, I don't like carrots and she doesn't like peas. Back when we were kids, those were the only vegetables Mom served. So can you imagine the fights at the dinner table. "Eat your Peas!" one night. The next was "Eat your Carrots!".
So it's done. Yippee. I'll be surprising my sister with it this weekend.
For those who asked, I came across this free tutorial to make a round casserole carrier similar to I made earlier this week. It's very close to the one I made without a pattern.