Hot Dish Caddy Rectangle + Add Straps

Ok just one more Hot Dish Caddy to go with the original I made a couple of weeks ago (link here)!  I love my circle one but thought some handy carry straps would be a great little feature.  I also needed a larger rectangle shape to carry my large rectangle dish out to BBQ’s, picnics or pot luck dinners.   A double layer of flannelette was the lining of choice this time, rainbow stripes none the less!

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You might also recognize this rather cute boat print fabric from my A-line Betty Bodice Dress, I love it so much…hence I couldn’t help myself!  This hot dish caddy is sewn in exactly the same way as the original but just has the straps added.  Below I show you how I made the size I needed and added the opening.

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What you will need to make a Hot Dish Caddy with Straps

  • Cotton Fabric for the outer layers (or other heat resistant fabric)
  • Cotton Flannelette or thick lining fabric
  • Bias Binding – Amount will depend on the size of your dish
  • Shoe Lace or Drawstring
  • Read the Original Hot Dish Caddy Pattern and Tutorial FIRST!!!  I used the same size cut out for the opening so you might still like to print the pdf pattern.

Instructions for a Hot Dish Caddy with Straps

Step 1 – Cut you pieces

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I placed my dish on the lining fabric and cut around it leaving a decent edge all the way around.  Mine is quite roomy so you can leave a little less if you like.  My theory was if I lifted an edge up towards the dish that is reach a little over the edge to allow for the seams.

You will need to cut four pieces of the lining fabric if it is not very thick like flannelette, or two if it thicker like the cotton waffle knit I used in the first hot dish caddy.  Plus you will need an outer fabric for the top and bottom.  I have used the cute sail boat print for the top and a plain dark blue cotton poplin for the bottom.  In my example I have used four pieces of rainbows flannelette, one of sail boats and one dark blue poplin.

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I rounded the corners using my roll of elastic as a template.  You can a small plate or biscuit tin or whatever you have laying within reach!

Step 2 – Cut and Finish Opening – Top Layers Only!

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Remember to only cut the opening in the top layers! So in this case that is the top outer and two layers of thin lining.  I have cut this flat rather that fold as I did with the original.  My elastic roll is the same size as the cut out template for the original hot dish caddy.  So feel free to use that pdf or a similar sized item you can draw around.

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I used the pin the mark the center of the piece and drew the circle around it.  I found the center by folding in half and measuring folded edge to find the middle.

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Cut out the circle and a straight line in the center of the piece to the edge, see photo above!

From this point on follow the instructions in the Original Hot Dish Caddy Pattern and Tutorial you should be up to Step 4.  Come back here before you start Step 5!

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Before you go to all the trouble adding bias to all the edges, check that your dish will fit through the opening!  If is is too small just make the circle opening a little larger till it fits through.

Step 3 – Making and Attaching Straps

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Now we need to cut your strap pieces.  You will need two, a little longer than the width/length of your main piece (see photo above).  Mine are 7.5cm (3″) wide.  I have made them the same fabric as my top outer, but you can really do whatever suits you or you have available.

I have decided to edge mine using bias binding on one side.  If that’s not your thing you can easily sew them as a normal strap that you turn around the right way after sewing.  I have a tutorial for a Tote Style Handbag, just scroll down to Step 6 – Making the Straps for the instructions for that!

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Head over to your iron and press the straps in half lengthwise.

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Pin and attach your bias as you did for the opening in the top pieces.

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Lay your straps in place and pin.  You can use your ruler to check that they are even, or as I did eyeball it till it looks right!

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Sew in place about a 1/4″ in from the raw edge.

You can again head over to the Original Hot Dish Caddy Tutorial and Pattern and carry on from Step 5 – Joining Top and Bottom Pieces to finish your caddy.

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Now all that is left to do is tuck that dish in there (with a little foil on top if it doesn’t have a lid!),

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Pull the drawstring tight, tie it in a bow and you are ready to roll!  I think this one is going to get a lot of use come BBQ season.  I can’t believe it is very nearly spring here already, where has this year gone???

 

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One thought on “Hot Dish Caddy Rectangle + Add Straps

  1. Great idea, and perfect for carrying if it’s still a bit too hot. Loving that rainbow fabric… I so would have had that on the outside!

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