Whenever I’m invited to a pot luck dinner or picnic, I like to take a two-crust fruit pie. This kind of pie holds up well en route, can stand the heat and is something that a lot of people don’t make for themselves.
I like to use a carrier to protect it and have designed a pie carrier that works well. For special people, I leave the carrier with them as a hostess gift. It would also work well to carry other food items that will fit in an 11×11 inch container.
This is how I made my latest version, using a vintage embroidery pattern for the top of the lid and 3 orphan blocks for the lid lining, carrier and carrier lining. A few scraps for the side panels and tie handles along with some stiff interfacing completed the supply list:
Front and back: Cut 2 pieces 11-½ x 11-½ inches (includes ¼ inch seam) fabric
Cut 2 pieces 11-½ x 11-1/2 inches lining
Cut 2 pieces 10×10 inches of stiff fusible interfacing such as Inner-Fuse by Dritz
Sides: Cut four 3 x 11-½ inch pieces of fabric for carrier
Cut four 3 x 11-½ inch pieces for lining
` Cut four 2-½ x 10 inches of stiff fusible interfacing such as Inner-Fuse by Dritz
Tie: Cut two pieces 3-3/4 x 16 inches of fabric
Cut two pieces 3-3/4 x 16 inches of contrasting or lining fabric
Cut one piece 11-1/2 x 11-1/2 inches fabric
Cut one piece 11-½ x 11-½ inches lining
Cut one piece 10 x 10 inches of stiff fusible interfacing such as Inner-Fuse by Dritz
Cut 2 pieces 11-½ x 2-¾ inches of fabric
Cut 2 pieces 11-½ x 2-3/4 inches of lining
Cut 2 pieces 10-1/2 x 1-¾ inches of stiff fusible interfacing such as Inner-Fuse by Dritz
Binding: Cut one piece 1-½ inches x 44 inches
Velcro: Cut two sets of ¾ inch Velcro 10-½ inches long.
Attach stiffener to lining pieces by centering on the wrong side of each piece and stitching a cross to secure. Do this for the top, bottom, four sides, lid and two flaps
Sew fabric ties right sides together with lining/contrasting fabric, using ¼ inch seams. Sew two sides and across top of each set (pointing or rounding top if desired). Trim, turn, press and top stitch each side ¼ inch from edges.
Your pieces should be:
Bottom, 4 sides, lid, 2 flaps, two sewn ties
Bottom, 4 sides, lid, 2 flaps – all with stiffener sewn in place.
Sew four pieces of fabric sides, right sides together, to four edges of fabric bottom, leaving ½ inch at beginning and ending of seam.
Sew four pieces of lining sides, right sides together, to four edges of lining bottom, leaving ½ inch at beginning and ending of seam.
Pin corners together and sew from raw edge to ½ inch from end.
Fold corners of sides together and sew from raw edge to ½ inch from end.
Pin wrong side of lining in carrier, wrong sides together, matching corners and raw edges. Baste 1/8 inch from edge.
Pin tie handles to the outside of the carrier at the center of two sides of the carrier.
Join ends of binding with ½ inch seam and pin to top edge of outside of carrier, right sides together. Baste 1/8 inch from edge.
Sew the fabric flaps to the fabric lid on two opposite sides (flaps should be on sides that do not have flaps).
Sew the lining flaps to the lid lining on two opposite sides (flaps should be on sides that do not have flaps).
Place fabric lid and lining lid right sides together and join with a 1/2 inch seam, leaving a 3 inch opening on one side for turning. Trim, turn, press and top stitch the lid.
On the two sides that don’t have ties, measure down ½ inch from the top edge of the lining flap on the lid and draw a line. Center the matching Velcro piece with the top edge of the Velcro covering the line and stitch in place.
Place an aluminum 9 inch pie pan in the bottom of the carrier and place the baked pie on top of the aluminum pan. Place lid on top of carrier and fasten with Velcro strips. Tie the two tie strips together to form a handle.
Carry by handle, but keep one hand under the pie for security.