By Donna Fenske, Nancy’s Notions Guest Blogger
Add a pop of color to your kitchen, BBQ or holiday event, match your next party theme, or create a fun hostess gift with these quilted pot holders. The pot holders are created in minutes using a few simple tricks.
- 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.
Watch a video demonstration of the step-by-step process to make these 60-Minute Pocket Pot Holders.
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What is your favorite sewn kitchen accessory or hostess gift? Leave the answer in the comments for your chance to win a copy of Hot and Handy Projects. The winner will be announced on April 4.
The Hot and Handy Projects book includes:
- Full color photographs and illustrations
- Step-by-step instructions
- Double-wire binding so pages lay flat when open—no more struggling to keep your page from turning or bending; plus it’s easier to keep your book right next to you as you work
- Soft cover with 44 pages, by Nancy Zieman of Sewing With Nancy
Thanks to Donna Fenske for being my guest blogger!
Bye for now,