How to Make this Easy Fabric Pie Carrier | Madam Sew

How to Make a Fabric Pie Carrier

Do you like to bake? Do you like to share your treats with others? How do you usually carry your cakes or pies to a potluck dinner party? You don’t want the dish to tilt in the bag you are using and then you arrive at your friend's house with a messy pie or cake. The good news is you can sew a carrier that will keep your cakes and pies right-side up. I will guide you through the steps in this hands-on tutorial.

Pie carrier
Fabric pie carrier
east fabric pie carrier

“A quick DIY gift!”

This DIY fabric pie or cake carrier was on my wishlist for a while. I find it a little nostalgic and romantic, to bake a cake or pie then take it to a friend in a grandma style bag. The joy of giving leads to a healthier and happier life! And… Mother's Day is coming up. This easy sewing project makes an original mother’s day DIY gift. Maybe you can surprise your mom with a cake and a pretty handmade cake holder?

DIY Fabric carrier
fabric carrier

Features of the Pie Carrier

This handy pie bag

    • can be used to carry around sweet or salty pies, homemade cakes, plates, casseroles, salad bowls or even small pizzas boxes
    • has a large base and two large comfortable handles. Your dish will stay up straight when you carry it around
    • is roomy enough so the top of the bag will not stick to the top of the pie
    • can hold a dish up to 10 ½ inch (28 cm) in diameter but it adapts to smaller sizes as well
    • is reusable and thus very economical and eco-friendly

I’m very happy with my bag and can share this free tutorial without a pattern with you today. Is this something you would make? I don’t see these bags in stores a lot. You can find them on Etsy (if you want one now and don’t have the time to make one yourself), but I’m sure you can do it. It doesn’t take much time to sew this bag and it’s a lot of fun!

Let the sun come out! I’m ready to bake and have a big picnic with my friends!

Sewing Supplies

To make the pie carrier, you need to gather the following supplies:

    • 1 piece of cotton fabric for the outside : 21 x 21 inch
    • 1 piece of cotton fabric for the lining: 21 x 21 inch
    • 1 piece of batting: 21.5 x 21.5 inch, I used cotton quilt batting. Use any thickness you like. If your batting is thin, you can add 2 layers of batting too.
    • 2 strips of cotton fabric for the handles: one of 4 x 14 inch and one of 5 x 21 inch

As for the tools, I used my sewing machine (+ needle & thread), a temporary fabric marker, scissors, rotary cutter and mat, clips and pins, and a tube turner.

As the fabric pieces are relatively small, you probably don’t need to run to the fabric store - unless you were looking for an excuse to plan a little trip to your favorite fabric walhalla :-). You probably have some left-overs or bigger fabric scraps in your closet that you can make this fast sewing project from. I just love zero-waste sewing projects!

Sew the Pie Carrier - Step by Step

1. Preparation

Grab your ruler and a fabric marker and start measuring, drawing and cutting the following pattern pieces:

            1. Outer part : cotton, 21 x 21 inch
            2. Lining: cotton, 21 x 21 inch
            3. Batting : 21.5 x 21.5 inch
            4. Straps for the handles
              • 2 pieces of 4 x 7 inch
              • 1 long piece of 5 x 21 inch

In total you now have 6 pieces of fabric. In the photo you see what you need to have before you can start sewing.

outer part
lining cotton
straps for handle

2. Attach the Batting to the Lining

Sew the batting piece to the wrong side of one of the fabric pieces. I sewed it on the lining fabric because topstitching still scares me a bit. If it is not pretty enough, it ruins my project. The batting is cut a little bigger than the fabric pieces. It works easier and you can cut away the excess batting after attaching them.

I first drew some sewing help lines (explained later) with a temporary fabric marker on the right side of the fabric piece.

battling lining

Place the lining on top of the batting, wrong side facing. Pin the fabric to the batting, before you start sewing on the marks, through both layers.

top lining
sew fabric
fabric side
Pin the fabric

I added some diagonal stitching lines but you can choose any shape you like, as long as the batting will be nicely attached to the fabric. Be sure to use matching thread because these lines will be visible! I’m not a quilter as you might have noticed but I like the result!

Cut off excess batting now.

ctt excess battling
remove excess battling

You can also attach the batting to the outer fabric. (If you want to add 2 layers of batting, you can add a piece to both fabric pieces.)

3. Sew the Straps

Start with the two small fabric strips. Double fold them lengthwise, right sides facing. Iron the crease. Sew the right sides together on the edge, leaving the top and bottom open. Turn the strip inside out. This is easy. With a longer strip, this can be harder. That’s why we recently added the Tube Turner Set to our store.

small fabric
turn the strip
double fold
sew the right side

Now grab the long strip. Double fold lengthwise, right sides facing. Sew the long side closed and also close one of the short edges by sewing it closed. Turn the tube right side out, using a tube turner, if you have one.

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fold lenghtwise
sew the long side
turn to right

Optional: If you want this handle to be softer and stronger, you can also add batting or some fusible interfacing. You can of course also use a store bought bag strap.

4. Attach the Small Handles to the Lining Piece

Position the small straps on the outside of the lining in opposite corners. You have to make a little loop. Check out the images or the video to make sure you are positioning them the right way. The raw edges of the straps and the lining are matching. Make sure the same side of the strip is facing the right side of the lining. Each strip end is 1.5 inches from the corner. Clip or pin the edges onto the lining and sew them together very close to the edge. You don’t want this stitching to be showing so use a smaller seam allowance than the one in step 5.

small straps
clip and pin the edges
stitch teh sides

5. Assemble the Main Piece of the Carrier

Now grab the outer fabric piece. Put it on the lining piece right sides facing. Be careful to keep the handle you just attached between the two pieces of fabric. Clip the 2 pieces together. You need a turning hole so mark where you will stop sewing. I would leave an opening of about 3 inches. Sew all around with a slightly bigger seam allowance than the one you used in step 4. And don’t sew from start to finish! Forgetting to leave a turning hole in the heat of sewing is a classic. It happened to me so many times… and it still does :-)

main pice carrier
clip the 2 piece together
assemble the main piece
sew start to finish

Before you turn the project right sides out through the turning hole, trim off the corners and thread ends. Turn. Iron and tuck in the edges of the turning hole. Close it with some pins.

trim off the corner
turn the hole
tuck the edges
close with pins

Topstitch on the edge (1/8th of an inch) all around on the right side to close the turning hole and reinforce the fixation of the two small handles. This also serves as a decorative edge.

topstich on the edge
close the turning hole

6. Attach the Big Handle

Position the long strap diagonally, from one corner to the other, on the lining. These are the corners that don’t have the small straps attached to them. Position short edges of the strap about 2 inches from each corner of the lining. The strap isn’t lying flat. That’s how it is. It will pull the corners up a bit.

attach the big handle
position short edges

On one side you have a raw edge. You can either tuck the raw edge in the tube and press or just fold it inward on the lining and sew on it.

raw edges

To attach the handle firmly, sew a rectangular shape with a cross in the middle. For the top thread, use a thread color that matches the strap. For the bobbin thread, use a thread color that matches the outer fabric because it will show on the outside.

attach the handle firmly
thread color

Your carrier is ready! To close the carrier you just need to pull the big handle through the 2 small handles as shown in the images below. There is also a YouTube video that goes with this tutorial.

carrier is ready
pie carrier
finish item
pie carrier tutorial

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask. We want you to have fun and make beautiful things! If we can make your sewing experience more fun or easier in any way, just let us know!

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This is the best tutorial…step by steps are awesome for a beginner (or any level as there is no question of what one’s to do!)

Sharon Shefcyk Kelly

I love this! What a fantastic idea to use now and to make as gifts for the holidays.

Karen P.

What a great pattern thank you for sharing this


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