hand made christmas

Sending this out to every one’s e-mail was an accident. I apologize! I forgot to check the appropriate box.




I’ve always loved making things by hand. I love the satisfaction that comes from making something good enough to buy. Sure – some people do it to save money, and that’s nice when it happens, but to me the real pleasure comes from creating something that didn’t exist before.


When I started working on Christmas presents for last year I did get held up by the pain my tumors were causing – but I thought it was kidney stones and I just did a lot of pushing on my body that I probably shouldn’t have. Regardless, I did it and I was very happy with the results.


For each of my female in-laws and my maternal grandmother I made a casserole dish carrier, a glass etched casserole dish, matching pot-holders and a wooden spoon with their name burned in to it.

And no the barrage of pictures!

My mom helped me embroider names on the fabric, then I sewed the carrier shells. After this I had to order the cotton belting, and I wanted to make some sort of “tag”.

A quick polling of friends on facebook said I should use the colored version. I used Avery Transfer for Inkjet printers and then ironed it on to a heavy satin fabric.


I sewed them in under the straps on the side of each of the carriers.

Finishing these was actually really hard since the pain was making it hard for me to sick down. How did I manage? Pillows, my trusty heating pad, and a Twilight marathon. Naturally.

And chocolate.

So each carrier had nice, sturdy straps to handle even the heaviest of casseroles.

The carrier consisted of two sets of flaps, each closed with heavy duty velcro. The longer flaps close first to keep the dish from sliding side to side once the top flaps are closed.

Inside each carrier I had matching pot holders to take with the dish, so you can lift the hot dish out, or use them as trivets. I also bought a wooden serving spoon and used my wood burning tool to put the owner’s name on it.

Then I used glass etching cream to also put the owner’s name on the side of the casserole dish itself! No one will be able to accidentally keep these dishes!

And there you have it!

I can’t attest to the time for making these, as I did it in shifts and made four of them. I think making one would be a lot more manageable. The cost break down, including coupons but without my time is approximated here:

Fabric: $7
Heat-proof lining: $3.50
Strapping: $2.50
Casserole dish: $13
Wooden spoon: $5

Total: $31 + 10 hours/carrier.

If I paid myself $10 an hour I’d be rich.

And then I also had to invest in the tag materials, at about $10 and the wood burning tool was about $12. There was also the glass etching cream, another $15. Some of the time investment involved was doing things besides sewing, like making the tags, testing finishing methods, and wrestling with my sewing machine.


Continue the fun!

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  1. You did a great job and I bet everyone was thrilled with their gift. And I'm not mad at you for sending the whole thing to my email. I promise!!!

  2. I'm so impressed! Did you use a pattern or did you just make it up out of your head? I would love to try making some for family next year!

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