Quickly and easily make your own dish carrier by using an item from the dollar store!  This quick project would make a great gift.

Summer often brings picnics, barbecues, and pot lucks.  To get your dish there in style,  here’s a pretty project to make that you can use to carry your dish with you.  It would also be a fun way to “wrap” a hostess gift.

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I bought these placemats at Dollar Tree thinking that I would embroider them.  About 30 minutes into that project, I remembered that I don’t have the patience to embroider, so I quickly scrapped that project.  (Who knows, maybe I’ll submit it to CraftFail!)  Out of failure comes innovation, and I’m much happier with this colorful dish carrier!  The placemats I used make this carrier more suited for cold or room temperature dishes (I usually bring dessert), but you could use quilted placemats to make a carrier for hot dishes.

Supplies Used to Make This Dish Carrier:

  • Place Mats (2)
  • Paint
  • Stencil
  • Ribbon

Quickly and easily make your own dish carrier by using an item from the dollar store!  This quick project would make a great gift.Step one:  Stencil the background pattern on the place mat.  Place a small amount of paint on a roller or pouncer and dab it over the stencil.

Step two:  Stencil the monogram over the background in a darker color paint.

Step three:  Stitch three of the sides closed.

Quickly and easily make your own dish carrier by using an item from the dollar store!  This quick project would make a great gift.

Step four:  Stitch a length of ribbon on either side of the opening to use as a closure.

This project is so quick and easy to do that you can make several in not time at all.  They’d also be cute to use for packaging gifts for teachers and co-workers.  Simply slip a nice box of cookies or chocolate inside, tie the edge, and have a pretty gift carrier, too.  Have fun crafting and creating!

Quickly and easily make your own dish carrier by using an item from the dollar store!  This quick project would make a great gift.

I’ve used this several times and it *is* washable.  I wash it in my machine on the hand wash setting, then I lay it flat to dry.  The fiber is soft when it’s wet but becomes stiff again after it dries!

This post first appeared at Dollar Store Crafts, where I was a contributor.

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