Friday, April 5, 2013

A Patchwork Bag for the Silpat

Do you know what a Silpat is?  It's a silicone mat designed to make a surface non-stick.  I had an old non-stick baking sheet that I replaced recently with an aluminum half-sheet pan and a Silpat.  Not a cheap solution, but hopefully a long-lasting one.

The problem is storing that odd creature, the Silpat.  I made a patchwork bag, lined with linen.  I'm trying to beat back my scraps, so everything I'm making right now is patchwork.  But the Silpat sticks to the fabric, so it's not a easy slide in and out like I was thinking. But I like the bag so much that it's staying for now.




Any other storage solutions for a Silpat that you can tell me about?

12 comments:

katherine said...

I've had the same issue with storing my Silpat, and I love the idea of creating a bag. What about a rectangle of fabric that you can roll up around the mat & either tie or snap shut? Kind of like a portable placement.

Tracy said...

This is clever, though I'm sorry to hear about the fabric sticking to the mat. I like Katherine's idea. You could also store the Silpat directly on baking sheet, and make a patchwork "placemat" to cover it so that it doesn't attract dust and such.

Eva Girl said...

Love the bag! Maybe you could line it with something slippery like nylon/plastic type fabric?

Rachel said...

I think we used an old paper towel tube to roll up and store our silpat. Worked pretty well! But yours is prettier!

jenny_o said...

Oh, the irony of a non-stick mat that sticks to the storage bag :)

If you put the mat into one of your remaining plastic bags (I know, I know!), it would likely slide into the cloth bag more easily.

Beautiful bag, by the way. I am gathering our unused and unwanted cotton garments to glean quilting squares from them. I have never quilted but your smaller pieces have opened my eyes to the possibilities in little projects.

Sew Blessed Maw said...

What a beautiful bag.. My first thought , when I saw it... What a cute bag to hold an umbrella.. ..
[now only Judy would think of such a thing. ha].
I just love the patchwork stuff you do.. Such good ideas.

Melanie said...

Somewhere I came across the idea of storing silpats rolled up into paper towel tubes. I finally remembered to keep one and managed to get both my mats rolled up and into the tube without trouble. It does't seem to be a problem to get them in and out! I guess we'll have to see how long the tube holds up; your fabric solution is no doubt more durable!

Polly said...

Margo, how do you like the Silpat? I have pondered getting one. I'm also pondering getting a 'pizza stone' (my cookie sheet is getting pretty worn!). Any thoughts?

Margo said...

Polly, I've only used it once! But my best friend adores hers, so I'm going this route instead of a non-stick cookie sheet.

As for the pizza stone, I think we would like to get one, too. It would make such nice bread and pizzas. I guess people make cookies on stones, too.

Sarah Barry said...

Your patchwork is SO lovely. You have such a distinct style.

Melissa said...

I just roll mine up and put a rubberband around it. Then put it in the drawer that holds the aluminum foil, plastic wrap boxes. It sits on top of them nicely.

Anonymous said...

I use my slip at everyday it's exactly like yours .to keep my food processor from jumping around on the counter and I do love the patchwork storer but i would have. Made it in vain

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