Friday, January 06, 2006

Pot Holder

I've been asked a few times about how to make a potholder like the ones I have posted on my blog. So here's the tutorial:

First print out this image. (Right click and select "Print Picture...")

It will print out a 6 in. x 6 in. square pattern. Cut the pattern up on all lines so you end up with 6 seperate pieces.

There is no picture for this BUT IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO FOLLOW THESE DIRECTIONS EXACTLY! :)

Select your fabrics, (I use quilting fabrics) pin your patterns on the fabrics and cut 1/4 inch LARGER THAN THE PATTERN. This will give you your seam allowance.

Sew fabric pieces together (1/4 inch seam allowance): piece one to piece 2, piece 2 to piece 3. Then sew piece 4 to piece 6. PRESS YOUR SEAMS!

Sew the 4 and 6 combo to piece 5. PRESS YOUR SEAMS AGAIN! (pressing your seams is very important in quilting to insure you get stright clean lines.)

Sew the 123 combo to the 456 combo. and of course PRESS YOUR SEAMS.

Your square is now 7in x 7in. Cut a 7 in square of fabric for the back of the pot holder and (2) 7 inch squares of cotton batting for the inside. (This is what I use and it is very effective in keeping my hand from being burned. You MAY be able to use another fabric such as fleece, flannel or dish towel???)

Put your backing to your quilted square, right sides facing eachother. Then lay your batting on top (either side). Sew together starting about 1 1/2 inces above a corner. at 1/4 in. seam allowance. end about 2 inches from where you began leaving an opening. Trim your corners.

Turn your batting to the inside, so that your fabric right sides are on the outside.

PRESS

Turn the raw edge of the opening to the inside, pin, and stitch (with the sewing machine) along the edges to close it. You can sew whatever design you want to with any stitch all over your potholder as I have done in the next picture. It keeps the potholder from losing it's shape, and it looks so cool!

Good luck and please let me know if you have any questions or if I have left something out of the tutorial.

Good luck and please let me know if you have any questions or if I have left something out of the tutorial.