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Easy Potholder for Newbie Sewers! Crafty Fun for All!

I have loved this chicken fabric since the first day I “laid” eyes on it.  And, at last, it has become something wonderful!

A potholder!  Yay!  (You can click on the image to see a closer view.) Anyway, if you’d like to make this quick and easy project yourself, then read the illustrated tutorial I’ve provided here.  This is a great project for the new & experienced sewer alike.

Potholder Tutorial (Finished Size is 7″x7″)


  • 6″ piece of 3/8″ wide grosgrain ribbon
  • 3 coordinating fabrics 1/4 yard of each – or you could use 3 coordinating fat quarters or even scraps
  • one 8″x8″ piece of Insul Bright (this is found at local fabric stores and also online:  insul bright)
  • one 8″x8″ piece of low loft batting
  • coordinating thread
  • masking tape or painters tape


  1. You’ll have 3 fabrics.  We’ll call them fabrics A, B, and C.
  2. Cut two 8″x8″ squares from fabric A.  Repeat for fabrics B & C.
  3. Fabric A will be the back of the potholder.
  4. Lay one 8″ square of fabric A in front of you with wrong side up.  Next, lay your 8″ square of insul bright on top of fabric A.  Then, lay your 8″ square of batting on top of the insul bright.  Last, lay your remaining square of fabric A on top of your stack with right side facing up.  It should look like this:

5.  Next, take your piece of 6″ ribbon and fold it in half.  Tape it to one of the corners of your stack.

6.  Now it time to use fabrics B & C.  These will become the front of your potholder.

7.  Fold one square of fabric B diagonally.  Press it with your iron.  It should look like a triangle.  Repeat for the rest of your fabric B & C squares.

8.  Place the corner of a fabric B triangle on top of your stack, aligning with the corner that has the ribbon.  Like this:

The raw edges of the triangle should be aligned with the raw edges of your fabric stack.

9.  Working counter clock-wise, lay the corner of a fabric C triangle on top of your stack, aligning with the corner to the left of the ribbon corner.  Like this:

Again, the raw edges of the triangle are aligned with the raw edges of your stack.

10.  Still working counter clock-wise, lay the corner of your remaining fabric B triangle on top of your stack.  (My finger is pointing to your third corner.)

11.  Now we want to put our last piece of fabric C on our 4th corner, but first, we have to peel back part of our very first triangle that we laid down.  The 4th corner is a red/black split.  Like this:

I peeled back the tip of the first triangle I laid down. See the ribbon in the corner?

I laid the last fabric C triangle on top of the red/black split, keeping the raw edges aligned with the raw edges of my stack.

Now I can lay the fabric A triangle back down on top of the 4th corner.

12.  Pin through all the layers to keep fabric from shifting.  Stitch all four edges with a 1/2″ seam allowance.  It was thick, so I decided to back stitch at the beginning and end of each edge.  You could also try the pivot and turn method as well.

13.  Clip the corners diagonally. Be careful not to cut through your stitches.

14.  Turn the pot holder right side out by opening up the area where all the triangles intersect.

Turn this potholder right side out. That black fabric you see in the middle is going to become the back of your potholder.

Use a point turner or your finger tips to shape each corner as your turn the potholder right side out.  Press potholder to help it lay flat.

Pot Holder Front View

Pot Holder Back View

Thanks for reading!  Send me pictures of your potholders!

Jenny Gabriel – alter ego: StitchinJenny

Holiday Ruffled Apron – Lovely Hostess Gift!

Here’s a fun project that I adapted from a photograph that I saw in a magazine a while back.  This apron doesn’t take much fabric and from start to finish, only takes a few hours to make.  The color coordinating options are endless, so you could make it with a variety of fabric themes like:  Christmas, Thanksgiving, Birthday, and more!  Have fun!  And I would love to see a picture when you finish yours!

Here’s a PDF version of the tutorial I wrote for this Apron when I taught it as a class at Sew Crafty Houston (check out  my awesome illustrations!)

Holiday Ruffled Apron

Let’s get sewing!

Jenny Gabriel – alter ego:  StitchinJenny


Jenny's Reversible Bag w/ Continuous Embroidery

Continuous Embroidery w/ Perfect Results!

Jenny's Reversible Bag w/ Continuous Embroidery 

Fully Reversible Bag with Continuous Machine Embroidery

Hello all!  I’m SewVac Outlet’s newest Guest Blogger, Jenny Gabriel, of StitchinJenny.com.  It’s a pleasure to chime in with some fun projects and tips/techniques to enhance your sewing!

This is my version of a bag that was inspired by a post on a blog called:  http://verypurpleperson.com/2010/04/making-reversible-bag.html  If you want the pattern, just visit this link!

I decided to make a few tweaks to the bag by enlarging it, adding an inset zipper, and the magic of continuous embroidery.

To be honest, I decided to take a minute and watch this very helpful video by Nancy Zieman, before doing my “experiment.”  Lots of good info here.  Enjoy!

Let’s Get Sewing!

Jenny Gabriel – alter ego:  StitchinJenny