February 18, 2011

Potholders - Hot Pads

I've had "make potholders" on my mental to-do list for months.  Ever since I made these Kitchen Towels - well, I finally got around to it - wahoo for crossing them off my list!

I wanted to do a few things:
--practice bias tape - I really wanted to make my own bias tape and even bought gadgets to do so, but then I didn't have enough scrap fabric so I used store-bought
--practice "stippling" - where you sew in loops for decoration
I thought hot pads were a great project for practicing those sewing skills.  I made up my own how-to - I'm sure there are lots out there, but here's my take on how to make a potholder.

--Trace an old potholder (you can see I'm long overdue for new ones!) - I traced a square, but I should have paid attention to those rounded edges - more on that in a minute....
Cut out pieces - you'll need 4 pieces - a front and back to one side, and a front and back to the other side.  I saw this curvy shape pocket at Oh Fransson so I cut that shape. I'm noticing she has a whole tutorial, probably more detailed than mine, so if you need help, check hers out.
I cut a piece of insul-bright - it's made to block out heat.  I only put it on one side.
Someone told me that for potholders you need cotton batting, not polyester - so I used 2 pieces of that.
Then you make 2 sandwiches - one for the top piece and one for the bottom piece.  My square piece was fabric-insulbright-batting-fabric, and the one with the curve was fabric-batting-fabric.  Then I stippled them - I was SO EXCITED about doing this - I felt like a real sewer!! (umm, don't look too close).  I used the tutorial I saw at Honeybear Lane - there's even a video - you just drop your feed dogs (yes, I had to get out my machine's manual for that) and then have at it - fun stuff!
After stippling, then sew on the bias tape.  I had always used the "sandwich" method before and it never came out right.  This time I used the real way I saw on MADE - twice the sewing, but it looks twice as nice! You open up the stuff, sew down the crease, then fold it and flip it over and sew it down to the other side.  First do the curve.
Then put the front piece on top of the back piece and sew bias tape all the way around the edge of everything. Note - the corners are tricky.  I had to fold them, etc and they still aren't perfect.  Looking back, I wish I would have made rounded corners.  Now I know why lots of potholders have rounded corners - easier to sew on bias tape!!
And that's it!  Now I can take things out of the oven in style!
FYI, I entered these in the potholder contest at Prudent Baby (see HERE and HERE) - I was obviously out of my league - go check out some of the fab ones they featured - amazing!


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Mandy is a craft blogger who loves to blog and enjoys all things crafty, sewing, and DIY - she feels that if she can do something, you can too, and provides tutorials to help you along the way. She loves being a mom to 4 awesome kiddos and blogs from the Kansas City Area. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter or Google +

14 Fabulous Comments:

Very nice! I could use some of those!!

Those are really pretty, great job!

These are very pretty --- that looks like something I'd like to try sometime! Thanks for sharing!

This is on my to do list too. Thanks for the insulbrite tip!!

These are adorable! I made some without the little pocket and they were so thick they weren't flexible enough as potholders so I'm using them as hot pads. I might have to give this version a go--I like that they're kind of like an oven mitt without pulling things on up until your elbows.

If only I knew how to sew... These are absolutely adorable and I love the pattern!

Will you come show me how to do the stipling? I kindof hate reading instructions:) I know, I know....get over it, right? Are you going to stiple your own quilt? Anyway, I really do need to make some hot pads. Maybe this can be a me and Michayla project for Monday. Nice job Mandy.

Those are very cool!!! This gives me the courage to try some!! :) Hope you'll share them today... http://trulylovelywiththelaneysisters.blogspot.com/2011/02/fancy-this-fridays-edition-12.html

Very cute! Thank you for the tutorial! I can't wait to make some!

These turned out great, love the colours!

I REALLLLY love what you have done here. But the angled finish to the top you did, looks spectacular.

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I love the fabric you chose! By the way where did you buy the insulbrite? Can you get it at regular fabric stores?
erica @ http://bisforboycreations.blogspot.com/

I've really enjoyed your blog since finding it a few weeks back! These potholders caught my eye for their bright colors and cheery look. Thanks for sharing the tutorial with us! (Linking to your post in my Walk Around Blog Land)

These look great!! I need to make some...and practice bias tape :) Cute fabric too!

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