Free Pattern to Sew a Fabric Dish or Dish Insulator

  • 01 of 09

    Sew a Fabric Dish or Dish Insulator - Materials & Cutting Directions

    insulated casserole carrier
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    The following instructions are for an 8" X 8" dish - See Create Your Own Size Fabric Dish or Dish Insulator for creating other sizes:


    • Two Pieces of fabric (approximately ½ yard each) One fabric being lightly quilted adds body to the dish. Not suitable for a one-way design fabric.
    • Heavy Interfacing (such as Timtex) As of 02/18/07, Long Creek Mills still has an interfacing for fabric bowls and boxes for $1/yard, that works as well as the brand name. You have to call them to place an order. I have been very happy with the items I have received.
    • Thread
    • Double fold bias tape
    • Fusible Web (such as Pellon Wonder-Under Transfer Web


    • Cut two 14" squares
    • Cut one heavy interfacing (such as Timtex) 8" X 8"
    • Cut four heavy interfacing 8" X 2 1/2"
    Continue to 2 of 9 below.
  • 02 of 09

    Apply Fusible Web & Center

    Apply Fusible Web & Center
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    • Apply Fusible Web Apply fusible web to one side of the 8" X 8" interfacing.
    • Center the interfacing on the wrong side of one fabric square and fuse in place.
    Continue to 3 of 9 below.
  • 03 of 09

    Sandwiching the Interfacing

    Sandwich & Stitch
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    • Sandwich the interfacing by placing the fabric squares wrong sides together, lining up all the edges. Pin in place.
    • Set a sewing machine guide so that the needle is just outside the interfacing. Topstitch along the edge of the interfacing, stitching from one edge of the square to the opposite edge of the square. Repeat for all four sides.
    Continue to 4 of 9 below.
  • 04 of 09

    Round the Corners

    Round the Corners
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    Use a template, such as a desert plate, to round off each corner between the stitching.

    Continue to 5 of 9 below.
  • 05 of 09

    Side Interfacing

    Insert Side Interfacing
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    Insert the side pieces of interfacing into the stitched in sides.

    Continue to 6 of 9 below.
  • 06 of 09

    Zig zag the edges of the fabric

    Zig zag the edges
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    Zigzag​ the edges to enclose and seal the interfacing.

    Continue to 7 of 9 below.
  • 07 of 09

    Apply Bias Tape to Straight Edges

    Apply Bias Tape to Straight Edges
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    Apply bias tape to each straight side, starting and stopping "just" beyond the corner stitching marks.

    Continue to 8 of 9 below.
  • 08 of 09

    Corners & Ties

    Corners & Ties
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    • Cut four 20" pieces of the double fold bias tape.
    • Center each piece of the bias tape at corners. Stitch the bias tape to create a tie and cover the corners of the fabric, stitching over the ends of the side bias tape pieces to enclose the raw ends.
    Continue to 9 of 9 below.
  • 09 of 09

    Create any Size Fabric Dish

    Measureing Diagram
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    • Measure the base of the dish you want to insulate or decide on your dish size.

      (For this example I'll use a 9" X 11" baking dish)

    • Add 6" to the length of the dish and to the width of the dish. Cut two pieces of fabric to the measurement. This example
      9+6= 15
      11+6= 17
      So you would cut 15" X 17" rectangles of fabric.
    • Cut the interfacing for the base of the dish, the size of the dish. (In this case,​ the interfacing would be 9" X 11")
    • Cut two pieces of the interfacing for the sides of the dish 2 1/2" by the width of the dish. (In this example 2 1/2" X 9")
    • Cut two pieces of the interfacing for the sides of the dish 2 1/2" by the length of the dish. (In this example 2 1/2" X 11")