Make a dish carrier -- from a place mat! Great for taking hot dishes to potlucks & parties!

With the holidays coming up, you probably have lots of events that you need to bring a dish to.  There are potlucks, cookie exchanges, office parties, etc.  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.title

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.

dish holder DIY


Project estimate:

  • Place Mats, $2
  • Paint, on hand
  • Stencil, on hand
  • Ribbon, on hand

Total :$2

part 1

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.

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

diy dishholder

This project is so quick and easy to do that you can make several in one setting.  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!

placemat dish holder