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Thank you, Heather, for inviting me to be part of your Crafty Creative Christmas series!! I'm excited to show you a quick, easy Christmas gift you can make. Or, you can be selfish and keep it for yourself. I won't tell.
Years ago, someone gave me a bread basket with a fabric napkin to wrap around the rolls and little warming pouch that tucked underneath. When Heather asked me to be part of the Crafty Creative Christmas series, I thought that it would be neat to make a similar breadwarmer basket you could use at your Christmas dinner or give as a Christmas present.
My version of the breadwarmer basket has a large square napkin made from two layers of fabric so it's reversible. My photo above shows it with the green side out. The lining is kind of a olive yellow print. The little warming pouch underneath the napkin is a beanbag filled with rice.
I've designed it so you can make the napkin and the warming pouch from just two fat quarters of quilting cotton. Even with designer fat quarters, this project cost me less than $10 to make. It's also a quick project, so this would be a good gift for friends, coworkers, teachers, etc. I think this would also make a nice hostess gift, especially if you filled it with warm bread!
What you need:
2 fat quarters, each a different print. I preshrunk my fat quarters, but that's just me.
1 1/4 cup uncooked rice
Inexpensive bread basket. There's really a lot of flexibility in the size/shape of the basket you use. The bread basket I used was roughly 4 inches tall, with a 5" diameter at the bottom and a 12" diameter at the top.
Here's how to make it:
1. Cut a 18" square from each fat quarter. Sometimes the fat quarters aren't cut exactly square, so it may be that you can only get a 17" square. That's fine. Save the strips you cut off the ends. We'll use them to make the warming pouch.
2. Layer the squares right sides together. Stitch around all four edges with 1/4" seam allowance, leaving 2" open to turn it right side out.
3. Clip your corners. I tend to be brutal, cutting first across the corner and then trimming a little more off of each side.
4. Turn the napkin right side out, and press the edges straight and the corners as sharp as you can.
5. Topstitch around the napkin close to the edge. Your topstitching will sew the opening shut.
6. Your reversible napkin is done!!
Now, on to the warming pouch.
7. Remember your scraps left over from when you cut your fat quarter down to a square? Piece them together and then cut two 6 1/2" squares. You could piece them so there's a solid color on each side, or piece them so there's a contrast stripe. It's up to you, and really it won't be seen that much anyway. I opted for stripes.
8. Now you're going to sew these squares together just like you did the larger squares for the napkin. Place the pieced squares right sides together and sew around all 4 edges with 1/4' seam allowance, leaving a small opening so you can turn it right side out. Clip your corners. Turn it right side out and iron your edges all nice and neat.
9. Get a funnel and fill your little pouch with 1 1/4 cup uncooked rice. I couldn't take a photo of this step because it took two hands to hold the funnel and pour the rice.
10. Now all we need to do is sew that opening shut. You have a couple of choices. You could just topstitch all the way across the side with the opening, or you could do what I did and topstitch all the way around the pouch. I will say that it was a bit of a pain to keep shifting all that rice away from the needle, but because I was using contrasting thread I thought it looked nicer to have the consistency of the topstitching around all 4 edges.
Whichever method you choose, be careful when you take your filled pouch to your sewing machine. You don't want rice spilling out everywhere while you're sewing!! I just used my fingers to keep the rice pushed out of the way while I stitched.
Your breadwarmer basket is done!!
The warming pouch can be zapped in the microwave for 1-2 minutes and then placed in the bottom of the basket.
Lay the napkin on top and then fill with rolls or fresh breads, and close the napkin up over the top. The heated pouch will keep your bread warm and toasty while it's sitting out on the table. Mmmmmm!!!