Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Fabric pizza or pie box

After making several items out of old silver car windscreen shades recently, I was asked if I knew of a tutorial on how to make a ' pie carrier' - something to take a pie to a picnic in.  I didn't but liked the idea of this, and so decided to have a go at something myself!  And here is what I came up with - a fabric pie or pizza box!
It is padded and lined with ... what else?....a silver car windscreen shade, which provides insulation to keep your pie or pizza warm, and can also be wiped or hand-washed clean!

So, here's how I did it:

First I gathered my materials:
Silver car windscreen shade (the last one in my stash!!)
Outer fabric
Fleece for batting
2 Plastic chopping boards
Pie dish for size

First I cut the plastic chopping boards into 2 squares that the pie would fit on (mine were 28cm square)

Next I cut 2 squares of siver car shade 5cm bigger on each side than the plasic board.
I cut 2 pieces of fleece the same side as this and machine stitched one to the back of each silver square. (I used my new overlocker, but you could just plain stitch as the edges will be covered in.
Then cut 2 outer squares 2cm wider again than the silver shade.
So now you have 3 squares for each box like this:

Now you make the silver inner box.
Pinch up the corners around the plastic square, and pin

Do this for all four corners so it's starting to look like a pizza box!

Then stitch each corner where you have pinned it.  I stitched over the line 3 times for strength, then cut off the pointy end.

Lay this box on top of the outer fabric (right side up), and pin the corners of the outer fabric into a box too.
(keeping the plastic square inside helps you know where to pinch the corners and keep the shape even- but you need to take it out to stitch!!!)

Pin all four corners, and stitch as you did for the silver square.

Then stitch 3 times along the pinned corners and snip the pointy ends off, just as you did for the silver part.
Turn right sides out.
Now you have the inner and outer boxes ready to join together.

Place the plastic square under the silver box, inside the outer fabric.
Turn the top edge of the outer fabric double over the edge of the silver box and pin down.

Top stitch around the edges to join all the layers together.

You're done!! One box is completed, and you can place your pie dish inside it!

Now repeat with your second set of squares.
I found with my second box, that I cut strips off the remaining pieces of plastic chopping board and inserted them along each side of the box to give those sides strength.
The box with strengthened edges then became the bottom box, and the floppier one worked well as the lid as it stretched over the edges well. (Love it when things just work out like that!!)

You can see what I mean here the floppy one is on the left, the strengthened one on the right. 

Of course you could strengthen both boxes, and just make one very slightly larger than the other so they fit together!

So now the only problem left to solve is how best to carry this to your picnic!!

The answer?

A furoshiki!!

What is a furoshiki? I hear you ask!!

It's a Japanese wrapping cloth.  Basically a square of fabric with finished edges, that you can tie in various mindboggling ways to carry things, wrap presents, make bags....... (Go on, google it and see!!)

So, take a nice large furoshiki and place your fabric pizza / pie dish in the centre:

Then tie opposite corners together over the top of the box:

Then fold the remaining corners over and tie them.  Just use a double granny knot, and tie the second corners on either side of the first knot for extra stability!

Then just pick it up, and off you go to your picnic!!!


I hope you liked this tutorial!
If you would like the PDF downloadable version with measurements in both cm and inches,

Happy picnicking!!


  1. Thanks for the tutorial. HYRRAY...

    We just had the HUGE PARTY yesterday
    And I'd sure prefer a good bag to keep our quiches fresh....

  2. Great tutorial and a wonderful pie box!! Thanks

  3. Awesome thrifty idea! HAPPY NTT!


  4. What a great idea Jill! Any silver stuff left now?

  5. Thanks everyone! Only a small piece of silver stuff left, earmarked for another insulated lunch bag! (my daughter's friend asked for one when she saw the ones I made!)

  6. great idea! thanks for the tutorial. I followed you home from creative itch.

  7. new follower! please follow me back


    happy tuesday!

  8. Awesome tutorial. Tutorials take sooo much time and effort. I truly appreciate anyone who makes one and this one is especially wonderful with all those photos and step by step instructions. A fabulous idea too!

  9. That is such a great idea! I have a link party on my blog on saturdays at http://www.iamonly1woman.blogspot.com I hope you can stop by the party is still going on :)

  10. Great tutorial!! Thanks for linking @Creative Itch's "Sew Cute Tuesday"!

  11. I love it! Who would have thought you'd had so many good ideas for using old car shade material. Yep and I would also work for lunches too.

    This blog always amazes me. Thanks. -Haupi

  12. Creative idea. We would call that a Hobo knapsack. But I guess you wouldn't want to put it on a stick with the pie inside.

  13. :o!
    Thanks for the step by step.


  14. Excellent idea and a great tutorial. Great solution!

  15. you have been making the coolest things ever!!
    I really like this idea!!

  16. What a FANTASTIC idea!!!! What a crafty gal you are! Thanks for linking up to Hoo's got talent!

  17. Sua idéia é muito criativa, adorei o tutorial.



  18. That is SO cool! I had never thought about using car shades that way - now I'm going to have to start hoarding them in my fabric stash as well!!

    I linked to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:


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