How to Make a Reusable Elastic Casserole Cover
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Make a couple of these reusable casserole covers, so you never have to wrangle with plastic wrap again. They have an elastic band, ensuring they go on and off easily, and a food-safe liner that’s wipeable and machine-washable. Basically, they’re better than plastic wrap in every way.
And since they’re a quick and easy project, you may want to make a few extra to give as gifts. Because rescuing friends and family from plastic wrap is just the right thing to do.
Most tutorials suggest using cotton to make a casserole cover, but when you think about all the ooey-gooey dishes and desserts that get made in a casserole dish, cotton isn’t likely to stay clean for more than 2.5 seconds. And if you use laminated cotton, PUL, oil cloth, or another wipeable material, then you’re going to end up with a cover that probably isn’t food-safe.
My solution is to use cotton for the outside and ProSoft FoodSAFE® Waterproof PUL Fabric for the lining. It’s a laminated fabric, so it’s waterproof and wipeable, while still being machine-washable. And according to the manufacturer, it’s the only PUL that’s been tested and CPSIA-certified as food-safe.
It comes in a bunch of colors, so you can even coordinate it with the outside fabric. Pretty snazzy.
I made some prototypes, and after three attempts, I landed on the perfect size for the cover. Look how nicely it fits around the handles.
Here, let me show you how it’s made.
Reusable Elastic Casserole Cover Tutorial
Use these instructions to create covers for your 9″ x 13″ and 8″ x 8″ casseroles, or any other pan that needs a cover.
What You’ll Need:
- Cotton fabric for the outside of your cassserole cover
- ProSoft FoodSAFE® waterproof PUL fabric for the lining
- 1/4″ elastic
- A ruler
- Sewing clips
- A sewing machine (This is the machine that I have)
- A safety pin
Optional (but nice to have):
- An air or water-soluble marker
- A bodkin (makes it easier to install the elastic)
What You Do:
Stretch your cotton fabric out on your work surface, right-side down. Place your casserole dish upside down on the fabric. Then, go all the way around the casserole dish, making mark 2.5 inches out from edge of the pan.
Connect your marks, and cut along the line. Then, trace the shape you just cut out onto your Prosoft PUL, and cut that one out.
Clip the two pieces together, right-sides facing. The laminated side of the PUL is the right side, in this instance.
Pro Tip: Use sewing clips, instead of sewing pins. Pins will put permanent holes in the laminate. If you don’t have any, binder clips will do the same job.
Sew a 1/4-inch seam around the outside edge, leaving two inches open for turning.
Then, flip the cover right-side out; finger-press the seam (don’t iron it); and fold in the open edge, so it looks nice and neat.
Now, topstitch a 1/2-inch seam around the outside edge. This will create the channel for your elastic.
Feed the elastic through one end of the channel, until it comes out the other side. You can do this by attaching a safety pin to the end of the elastic, and slowly pushing the pin through the channel, but I highly recommend using a bodkin to do the job. It’ll be a lot faster and easier on your hands.
When the elastic finally makes it out the other side, grab both ends of the elastic firmly, and test fit the cover on your casserole dish. Adjust the cover to eliminate any bunches. Then, pull the elastic tight; overlap the two ends where they meet at the center; and zig zag stitch over them several times to join them. Trim the ends. Then, sew the open seam on your cover shut, and you’re finished!
To clean your reusable casserole cover, simply flip it inside out, and give it quick wipe, or throw it in the washing machine on hot, and dry it on medium.
These covers are not oven or microwave-safe, and are not intended to go on hot dishes.
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