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.
Supplies to Make a Quilted Bun Warmer
- 5/8 yard (or piece that is at least 22 by 22 inches) of pre-quilted fabric that has been prewashed (click to learn how to make quilted fabric)
- 3 yards 1/2 inch wide double-fold bias tape
- Thread (match to the bias tape)
- Straight pins
- Optional: edge stitch foot