It's getting to be that time of year again - if I'm going to sew anything for Christmas decorations or holiday gifting - better get started!
So I whipped up a few potholders in a Christmas theme. These make great gifts by themselves or bundled with some baked goods and you can make them to fit any theme, of course, maybe Thanksgiving is more on your mind! Or you can make them to coordinate with the kitchen, etc.
This is a quick machine-sewn method. You can also bind the edges just like a quilt, but this makes it faster and I like this way of finishing them,
You will need:
a front fabric
a back fabric
2 layers of batting (I used one layer of Insulbright and one layer of cotton batting.)
I made mine patchwork - both front and back. I used a jellyroll in Christmas prints (Robert Kaufman, maybe? I'm not sure. I bought it last year. If anyone knows please let me know!) But you could make a patchwork front and use a plain back, or just use any fabric you love!
IMPORTANT! Before you turn it right side out, clip all the corners on a diagonal to take some of the bulk out of the corners. Be careful not to cut into the stitching! I also like to trim the batting down to about 1/4 of an inch. But NOT the fabric.
Any questions? I'd love to help, so ask away! :)
If you make one (or a bunch) leave a link so we can see.
11-29-2016 EDITED to add: I have had a question about how to make the patchwork square for the top of the potholder. So here is a link to a tutorial for a log cabin block. There are others, but this one has a nice diagram of the block at the bottom of the post. You start with a center square and then add a piece to one side. Then add a strip to the next side of the square + the piece you just added, then add to the next side and so on. You keep going around for as many rounds as you want to get the size block you desire. Using strips of fabric (called jelly rolls) make this quick and easy. That's what I did for these potholders. Here is a tutorial with step by step photos. I hope this helps! :) -Laney
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