Wednesday, October 10, 2018

patchwork potholder (a quick tutorial)


I really, really enjoy sewing up projects for our home so when I realized we needed new potholders I was more than happy to drop everything and get stitching.


I think it turned out quite lovely  :)


I started off with some of my screen printed scraps and a few pieces of Essex linen (my favorite combo), and randomly pieced them together until my patchwork measured about 7.5'' x 8.5''. This measurement wasn't really important as potholders could definitely be smaller or larger depending on one's preference.


I then quilted my patchwork piece to a layer of Insul-Bright to ensure I could use the finished potholder to handle hot things.


 I then trimmed and squared my quilted piece to measure 7'' x 8'' and I did basting stitches all the way around the panel's perimeter to ensure quilting stays in place. I also basted a slightly larger piece of fabric to cotton batting and quilted it as well.


I then placed quilted front and back wrong sides together, pinned, basted, and trimmed off extra backing + batting.

A little note on quilting: as you've noticed I quilted the top and bottom part of the potholder separately. The reason for that was I was using my backup machine with no walking foot and two layers was all I was confident to stitch over without worrying about puckers. You could, of course, layer all four panels on top of each other (backing right side down, cotton batting, Insul-Bright, and patchwork panel right side up on the very top) and quilt through it all at once.


All I needed to do then is add the binding the same way I would add it to a quilt. I first machine stitched the binding to the front and then used running stitch to attach it to the back. And then I added a leather strip + rivet to make a hanging loop. Easy peasy!


What do you think? Pretty fun and quick to make, isn't it?

I'm sure I'll be making more of these pretty soon.


Happy sewing friends. Svetlana



9 comments:

  1. LOVE this! You are so good with all the little details. This will be really fun to use - love the leather + rivet!

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  2. LOOOOVE this potholder too!! Thank you for great Tutorial on how to make one!! (Or Many! giggle...) Ohio Hugs!! :)

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  3. I appreciate from this blog post thanks for sharing this post with us. Its seems looking so good.
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  4. What a pretty potholder! Love the leather & rivet, and I love the striped binding.

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  5. Thanks for sharing your process. I’ve always put the four layers together and then quilted - sometimes a little difficult, even with the walking foot. Never occurred to me to do it the way you detailed. Great idea. I also like the different quilting on each side. It looks great.

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  6. I've noticed that you use the black and white striping on many of your projects and I can see why! Love it! What is the fabric name and where do you get it?

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  7. Thanks for sharing, this will be on my 'to do' list!

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  8. This reminds me of badly I need to make some potholders. I have one very old and sad potholder in my kitchen right now. Humm... These could make some nice Xmas gifts too. I had better get crackin'!

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