Reen Wilcoxin of Embroidery Garden has kindly permitted us to share her free Casserole Carrier Instructions and Buttonhole Designs. It is so easy to make with two double-sided quilted placemats. Thread a wooden spoon through the buttonholes to close and you have a lovely shower or hostess gift.
Download Reen’s instructions here, which include two buttonholes that you stitch on each of the placemats.
Embroidering the Placemat
Start by drawing centering crosshairs on your hooped stabilizer and centering the placemat over the crosshairs. I like to use a flat-head thumb tack pressed through the center through the back of the hoop.
I chose to embroider one of Bonnie’s Ginger Buddies, number five, on the front of the top placemat. Adding basting stitches helps to not only secure the placemat in the hoop but also to make sure that the placemat is aligned properly. If not, just clip the basting stitches and start again.
Stitch the applique gingerbread design as directed, using school glue to hold it in place, tacking, trimming, and fusing GlitterFlex in place. When embroidery is done, clip threads and trim stabilizer close to stitching. It’s time to add the buttonholes.
Stitching the Buttonholes
Print out the template for the buttonholes and position as directed. There are two color stops for this step.
The first adds zig-zag ovals where the buttonholes will go. Carefully trim away the placemat inside the oval without cutting through the water-soluble stabilizer. However, if you do cut through the stabilizer, don’t worry; just patch it with another piece of water-soluble stabilizer.
The second color stop edges large buttonholes with generous satin stitching. Use the same color thread in the bobbin as that with which you are stitching. When stitching is finished, trim or tear away the stabilizer and wet the edges to eliminate the rest. Stitch buttonholes on the front of the back placemat as well.
Stitching Placemats Together
Match edges and buttonholes of the placemats, wrong size together, and stitch around the outside edge, leaving the end where the buttonholes are open.
Weave a wooden spoon through the buttonholes to secure the dish in place. So adorable and a wonderful gift. This carrier is perfect for a low-profile 9x12 casserole dish.
Thank you so much, Reen, for sharing your files!
Sew Inspired by Bonnie