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05-25-2006, 09:29 AM
13x9 Casserole Tote

Materials Needed:
1 yd 100% cotton woven/quilter outer fabric
1 yd 100% cotton woven/quilter coordinate fabric or muslin
1 yd cotton quilt batting
2 - ½” dowel rods cut to 12” long
4” sew on Aplix/Velcro/or 3-4 snaps (you need hook side AND loop side or Male and Female parts of snaps)
and the obvious things you need for sewing - sewing machine, thread, scissors/rotary cutter, ruler, etc.

Dimensions 35.5 x 13.75 when cut on fold (when opened it's 35.5 x 27.5. Deepest part of curve is 3".

CLICK HERE (http://thewilsonclan.org:81 83/thumbnails.php?album =328) for bigger pics. I can't get my picture open from here (at IL's House).


Cut your 3 fabrics (inside, outside, batting) on the fold as shown.

http://thewilsonclan.org:81 83/albums/KatiesPhotos/SewAlong/13x9-casserole-tote/step1-small.jpg

OPTIONAL STEP (Spoon Pocket):
Cut piece of fabric (outer or coordinate) 4”x13.5” and 1” piece of each hook and loop (or one set of snaps)
Fold under fabric to wrong side ¼ inch on 2 long sides and 1 short side.
Fold remaining short side ½ - ¾ inch and place hook (or male snap) in center.
Center pocket ½ inch below handle curve and mark where your loop (or female snap) should be placed. Attach loop or snap.
Attach pocket to outside of tote sewing close to edge of pocket.

You should have 3 pieces like this when opened
http://thewilsonclan.org:81 83/albums/KatiesPhotos/SewAlong/13x9-casserole-tote/casserole-open-small.jpg


Open Fabrics and place batting on wrong side of inner fabric.

Serge inner layer and batting together at handle

Serge outer fabric at handle

Fold over serging to wrong side using serging as seam allowance. Iron/pin/baste* seam allowance.

*Instead of stitching this, I used liquid stitches to hold it in place because I didn’t want to have to line up my stitching later.

http://thewilsonclan.org:81 83/albums/KatiesPhotos/SewAlong/13x9-casserole-tote/curveopening-small.jpg

Step 3

Place outer fabric and inner fabric wrong sides together.

Sew ¼ inch around all straight edges of fabrics. Do not sew handle space. You can reinforce this by serging or zigzag stitching or leave it raw.

Clip your corners and snip at the inside corners, so you’ll have crisp lines when you turn.

STEP 4: The Handle

Measure ¾ inch from top seam of handle on each side of curve. Sew from mark to mark leaving a space at the top for your dowel.

Insert 12” Dowel into handle. It should just slide right in. Repeat on opposite side.

http://thewilsonclan.org:81 83/albums/KatiesPhotos/SewAlong/13x9-casserole-tote/sewingcurve-small.jpg

http://thewilsonclan.org:81 83/albums/KatiesPhotos/SewAlong/13x9-casserole-tote/handle1side-small.jpg

http://thewilsonclan.org:81 83/albums/KatiesPhotos/SewAlong/13x9-casserole-tote/handlein-small.jpg


Sew 4 inches of hook (or male snap part) to INSIDE of one flap ½ from seam.

Sew 4 of loop (or female snap part) to OUTSIDE of opposite flap ½ inch from seam

http://thewilsonclan.org:81 83/albums/KatiesPhotos/SewAlong/13x9-casserole-tote/hooknloop-small.jpg

Your Casserole Tote is complete.

Consider including a serving spoon tucked inside the (optional) pocket if you give this as a gift.

http://thewilsonclan.org:81 83/albums/KatiesPhotos/SewAlong/13x9-casserole-tote/completed-small.jpg

There's a WORD Document (http://thewilsonclan.org:81 83/albums/KatiesPhotos/SewAlong/13x9-casserole-tote/13x9-casserole-tote.doc) that can be downloaded, as well. I did my best on this, so if there are improvements that you make, PLEASE share them here. Anything that makes this easier/prettier would rock.

I've read over it a few times to make sure I didn't leave anything out. Some of the totes coming in the swap are slightly different from these directions because I was experimenting on different ways to finish them.


05-25-2006, 09:31 AM
:bow Thank you for a fabulous tutorial!! I know it takes a lot of work to take pictures and write it all up, but we really appreciate it! I really want to try this, it seems like such a great idea and a great gift.

05-25-2006, 09:38 AM
I hope all the directions are there for you all! I think I'll be making these for EVERYONE in my family this year ;)


05-25-2006, 09:45 AM
:happydance Woohoo! Thanks for a great sew-along!

05-25-2006, 02:46 PM
Thank you very much! I'll have to make several. :bow

05-25-2006, 04:19 PM

05-25-2006, 06:16 PM
That is awesome, thanks so much for taking the time to put the SA together, Katie!!!

05-25-2006, 06:30 PM

Thank you!!!

05-25-2006, 07:11 PM

05-26-2006, 09:02 AM
Thanks Katie.. I know this takes a lot of time and effort

I might be totally overlooking it, but did you post the measurements to cut the big piece on the fold? I see the little #'s on the pic, but I can read them...Yes this will happen to you to ladies.. ahhh the late 30's :sigh:

05-26-2006, 07:45 PM
We are at my IL's house. I will TRY to link to the bigger pictures, but this 'net connection is sssssllllllooooowwww . ;)

Sabrina Z
04-27-2008, 09:20 PM
The pictures of your sew along aren't showing for me ... I wanna see .... Waaaahhhhhh.

03-07-2009, 09:18 PM
I received one of these as a birthday gift from a dear friend last year- and I LOVE it-- perfect gift! :)

03-07-2009, 09:55 PM
Oh the pics aren't showing for me and the download isn't working!! Bummer, this really looked good! Anyone else have it?

03-22-2009, 03:14 PM
can't wait to see pictures!

03-22-2009, 09:00 PM
Oh I found the pdf in the patterns area for anyone that wants to know!

06-06-2009, 02:38 PM
Yes, it's here!
http://www.sewingmamas.com/b/downloads.php?do=fil e&id=97

just peachy
06-06-2009, 03:20 PM
Cool...on my list for gifts this year. :wink:

10-31-2009, 07:53 AM
Thanks! Just what I was looking for!