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
- You’ll have 3 fabrics. We’ll call them fabrics A, B, and C.
- Cut two 8″x8″ squares from fabric A. Repeat for fabrics B & C.
- Fabric A will be the back of the potholder.
- 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:
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:
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:
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:
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.
14. Turn the pot holder right side out by opening up the area where all the triangles intersect.
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.
Thanks for reading! Send me pictures of your potholders!
Jenny Gabriel – alter ego: StitchinJenny