Sunday, October 26, 2008

Easy Pot holder Tutorial

Making pot holders is a quick and easy way to use up leftover fabric. If you have an excess of fat quarters this is a good project to use them on.

I am making several as holiday gifts for a few friends in the neighborhood. I like to drop off a little holiday cheer on the doorsteps of my close friends and neighbors. This year it will be pot holders and a few treats!

I thought you might enjoy a quick tutorial on how to make these for your friends.

Cut a front and back fabric (9 inches square)









Next cut 1 (9 inch) square of cotton batting, and 1 (9 inch) square of Insul-Bright









Layer them in the following order:









  1. top fabric, right side up

  2. bottom fabric, wrong side up














Finally add the cotton batting as the top layer.














Pin it all together making sure to leave one side open to turn pot holder right side out.













Sew all the way around the outer edge. Make sure you back stitch at the beginning and at the end of the open side. This way your stitches won't be stressed when you turn it right side out.













To make the corners easier and cleaner I clip the corners before turning the pot holder right side out.













Once you turn the pot holder right side out, you should press the edges square. Fold the raw edges in to meet up with the seam line, pin and hand sew this closed. (like you would do for a pillow).

To keep all the layers nice and secure you should do some quilting on the pot holder. Here are the front and back views of my quilted pot holders.























That is all there is to making a pot holder. You can make these in festive holiday prints for gift giving. You could also make them in fun "food" prints or any kithen themed fabric to use year round.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. It is for personal use only and the photos and instructions may not be copied without my consent.

2 comments:

Lonely Paul said...

Hello

Chris said...

Well hello yourself there Lonely Paul. Are you a quilter by chance?

Thanks for visiting me yesterday.

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