Last year Doc’s sister made me a casserole carrier, which I’d never heard of but turned out to be a really handy square of quilted heatproof fabric that you could wrap around your casserole dish and then, as advertised, conveniently carry it places.

I took mine to Thanksgiving at my brother’s house and my sister-in-law commented on it…so guess what she got for Christmas?



While I was at it, I decided my mom should get one too. Because when you’re stuck on what to get your mom for Christmas, just make her something–she has to like it!


I followed this tutorial but used twill tape instead of fabric straps, and decided to tuck the tape ends under the self binding for a cleaner look. The supplies are just quilting cotton and “Insul-brite” batting, which is available at JoAnn stores.

This was my first time quilting anything and it was actually a lot of fun. I broke out the seam guide on my walking foot and so didn’t have to mess too much with marking and it was pretty satisfying and Zen to make nice even lines. Plus I have a new skill–and everyone has portable casseroles now.