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Tutorial Thursday: Easy DIY Potholder

June 9, 2011

I know, I know…my tutorial posts are supposed to be reserved for Tutorial Tuesdays, but hey I have a quickie for you and I don’t feel like waiting until next week to share it!

Easy DIY Potholder

What You’ll Need:

  • Linen/Canvas or Cotton/Canvas Fabric (or a sturdy fabric made of natural fibers like cotton or linen, scrap bins are great for this!)
  • Batting (I doubled over batting I had on hand to allow for enough insulation)
  • Sewing Machine
  • Matching thread

How To:

  1. Cut two squares of your fabric and batting (1-2 pieces (or more) of batting depending on thickness) in your preferred size.  I went with 8″x8″ dimensions because they seemed like a good enough size and it allowed for a 0.5″ seam allowance.
  2. **Sandwich your fabric together so that the two patterned pieces are facing each other right side to right side (like if you were making a pillow or pillow case.  Next, add your batting to one of the wrong sides and pin all the pieces together (if you are using two pieces you can add one piece of batting to each side and pin).  It should be in the following order:  batting, wrong side of pattern facing batting, and then right side of pattern facing right side of other pattern piece.  The outside pieces should be the wrong side of the pattern and the batting on top of the other wrong side of pattern.  Does that make sense?
  3. Now it’s time to hit the sewing machine!  With a straight stitch, sew all of your pieces together around the edges leaving a 0.5″ seam allowance.  Be sure to leave an opening large enough to pull your pieces right side out.
  4. Now that your done sewing your pieces together, turn them right side out.  If you pinned your pieces together correctly you should have the right sides facing out and the batting neatly hidden inside.  Now here comes the fun part!
  5. Once your pieces are flattened (or pressed) run a stitch all the way around the border to secure everything in place.  If you want to add a loop hanger this is the time to do it.  I used a piece of rickrack because I was lazy, but you can easily make one from your coordinating fabric if you want it to be perfect.  Pin the loop into the opening you left to pull the fabric through and as you go around the border stitch it in place.
  6. You can stop here if you want or you can continue on with your sewing machine to add decorative stitches.  I played around a bit and added a square spiraling effect towards the center followed by a freehand quilted look over the entire piece.

Voila!  In about 15 minutes you will have a quick and easy pot holder to pull those cupcakes outta the oven!


**Alternatively, you can sandwich the batting between the two layers of fabric (right-side out) and cover the rough edges with sewn in bias tape.

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