February 18, 2011
--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....
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.
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!
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.
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!
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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