By Donna Fenske, Nancy’s Notions Guest Blogger
Personalize kitchen décor and keep your hands safe from hot dishes at the same time. Sew this quilted pot holder in minutes using simple sewing techniques.
- You’ll need four different fabrics for this project: 1/4 yard cotton quilting fabric; 1/4 yard coordinating cotton quilting fabric for binding; 1/4 yard of Insul-Bright; and 1/4 yard of Quilted Iron Quick Fabric.
- Using the Olfa Rotary Circle Cutter, cut two 8-1/2″ circles from both your cotton print fabric and the Quilted Iron Quick Fabric.
- Cut one 8-1/2″ circle from the Insul-Bright.
- Create pockets for your fingers by cutting one of the cotton print fabric circles and one of the Quilted Iron Quick Fabric circles in half.
- Place the wrong sides of your cotton fabric on the shiny side of the Quilted Iron Quick Fabrics and zigzag the layers of each half together.
- Make the base for the pot holder by layering the remaining circles of fabric—Quilted Iron Quick, shiny side down; Insul-Bright; and cotton fabric, wrong side down.
- Zigzag the three layers together around the outer edge.
- Select a cotton fabric that coordinates with your cotton print to make bias trim strips.
- Cut 2″ wide bias strips from yardage or a fat quarter. Join short ends of bias strips, right sides together, with diagonal seams if cut from a fat quarter. You’ll need approximately 1-1/2 yards of continuous binding for the project.
- Use a 1″ Bias Tape Maker and your iron to create bias strips.
- Encase each of the straight edges of the finger pockets and stitch binding in place.
- Assemble the layers of the pot holder by stacking the completed finger pockets, right side up, on the pot holder base, also right side up.
- Meet the bias binding of the finger pockets in the center.
- Zigzag the layers together around the outer edges.
- Use the remaining bias binding to finish the outer edges, using your favorite binding technique.
- Sew pot holders as gifts for friends. They make festive additions to any holiday or seasonal gathering, too—think summer barbecues, Thanksgiving or Christmas, and special birthday celebrations.
Thanks to Donna Fenske for being my guest blogger this month!
My favorite sewing aide is my MagEyes. I would be quite lost without them for any hand sewing. And, I really enjoyed reading everyone’s comments.
Bye for now,