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Free Pattern for a Quilted Bread Warmer

I am always on the lookout for simple projects that can be made up quickly for holiday gift giving or hostess gifts. I also like to surprise my friends with a small gift when they are having a bad day to let them know that someone is thinking of them. So, I like to keep a few things ready for gift giving. This vintage style bread warmer (or bun warmer) fits the bill perfectly. Most people use bread warmers to line a basket, but this one has a batting layer which gives it more substance so you can wrap up bread or rolls in the bun warmer itself without needing a basket. They also work great for wrapping up baked potatoes.

This pattern can be made two different ways depending on which look you prefer. The first version is made using 5/8 of a yard of pre-quilted fabric (click to learn how to make quilted fabric) with the edges being finished with bias tape. The other version is sewn right sides together and then turned right side out and requires 5/8 of a yard of two fabrics and thin batting. This article will give directions for the quilted and bound version (directions for the unquilted version will be posted soon). The finished bun warmer will measure 18 inches by 18 inches.

Pattern notes: The pattern is printed in three pieces and will need to be taped together in alphabetical order (download pattern pieces here: Pattern piece A; Pattern piece B; Pattern piece C). The links will open .pdf files that you can print or save to your computer (click "back" to return to this page).

The right edge of the pattern (the long straight edge) will be placed on the fold and cut out along the inner, dashed line. If the quilted fabric is too thick to fold easily, tape together another three pieces and then tape the two halves together to create a complete pattern. The same pattern is used for both versions, but the cutting instructions differ slightly (see notes on the image to the right). Be sure you are cutting on the correct line for the version that you wish to make.
bun warmer pattern

Supplies to Make a Quilted Bun Warmer

Cutting out the Quilted Bun Warmer

Tape together the three pattern pieces along the match lines so that the edges are aligned. Trim outside edges of pattern along the inner, dashed line (see photo above).

Fold your pre-quilted fabric and place the long straight edge of the pattern along the fold. Pin in place.
cutting out the quilted bunwarmer

Using sharp scissors, cut quilted fabric along the pattern cutting lines. Cut carefully around the curved areas so that the cut edge is a smooth curve. It should look like the photo to the right when done.
cutting out the quilted bunwarmer

Try to keep your "helper" from sniffing it while you take a photo.
cutting out the quilted bunwarmer

Next step: Applying the Bias Binding

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