Thursday, December 2, 2010

Pyrex cozy

Have you ever been invited to a potluck or had a sick friend that you were bringing a meal to? If that meal is in a Pyrex dish, I have a great solution for an easy Pyrex cozy to keep it warm. There are some more complicated ones out there, but in my book, simple is better.

Pyrex Cozy:
Supply list:
Double sided quilted broadcloth (I had 1/2 yard and had plenty left over... I think 1/3 of a yard would be a great size if you are only buying for 1)
Quilter's Bias tape
Sewing machine
a Pyrex dish with lid

I started by measuring my Pyrex dish, but then I realized there are SO many sizes out there, it would be easier if I had you just lay whatever Pyrex you were planning on using in your quilted broadcloth.
Lay your Pyrex in the broadcloth, fold up one side so that it is over your Pyrex and just covering both handles. the side of the fold that the Pyrex is sitting on should be about 4 1/2 inches longer than your Pyrex. We are going to end up folding this end over when everything is finished so that it closes the cozy.

So, move the long edge (without handles) of your Pyrex about an inch and a half from the edge of your broadcloth. Pin along this edge leaving a 1/4th inch seam allowance.
now pin along the other side, leaving the Pyrex in the "pocket" we've now made... make sure it is a little bit loose so that you don't have to struggle to get your Pyrex in later.

Cut the side we just pinned, leaving a 1/4th seam allowance.

Now we are going to cover all of the rough edges in the Quilter's bias tape. Start pinning the bias tape on the folded edge of the broad cloth (leave 1/2 inch hanging off the end on each end)... continue all the way around, then cut off the excess. Use the left over piece to cover the rough edge at the pocket opening.

This is the rough edge I'm talking about:

you are actually going to un-pin things so that you can sew this edge first, but I like to make sure I have enough bias tape by cutting the largest solid piece first.
Sew the bias tape in place on the pocket edge, then pin 2 small Velcro squares on the pocket edge, sew these squares on.

Like this:

Now re-pin the outer edge and sew the bias tape onto the entire outer edge (I fold under my start and finish edges before I start so that I get a nice clean look)
Pin the other half of the Velcro squares to the top of the pocket closure. Sew them on.

And you are finished!

I really hope this tutorial makes sense... I seem to have caught whatever my boys have, so this was typed up while in a cough medicine daze. :)
Let me know if you have any questions!


Margaret@MissAdventures of Susie Homemaker said...

I Love this idea! I think it would work equally well for any of the myriad technology devices abounding these days- Ipad anyone?

Jennifer Atwater said...

Yay! Pyrex cozy tutorial! I have future gift ideas now! You rock, Leah!

Allison said...

How fabulous is this?! Love it!

Thanks for linking this up as well!