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Sunday, May 31, 2009
Do you need new potholders at home? Why not sew your own potholders instead of purchasing new ones. Not only will it save you money but you can use any scrap fabric that you may already have at home and it is a lot of fun. Just follow my step-by-step instructions on how to sew a potholder.

These potholders will also brighten up the day for any of your family members, friends and loved ones so don't forget to sew them some potholders as well.

I chose three types of Amy Butler Fabric for my potholder projects:

Amy Butler Full Moon Polka Dot Camel
Amy Butler Garden Maze Brown
Amy Butler Trailing Cherry Brown

In addition, you will need some thick interfacing as well.

I wanted a different Amy Butler fabric design for each side of my potholder. I cut two squares measuring 9" X 9":


Now iron on the thick interfacing on each fabric square:


Place the two fabric squares left side together and sew them together using 1/4" seam allowance:


For the binding and the loop, I cut a fabric strip measuring 2" wide and 44" long (width of the fabric). Fold the fabric strip in half and iron it. Once iron, "open" the fabric strip and fold the outer edge towards the middle and iron again:



Then fold the fabric strip in half again and iron:


Now open up the fabric strip and pin it up along one side of the potholder using 1/4" seam allowance as shown in the below picture. Start sewing 1/2" from the outer edge and ...


...end sewing 1/2" from the below outer edge as shown here:


At the corner, fold the binding strip at a 45 degree angle:


Refold the binding strip back onto itself so that it turns the corner - see following three pictures for clarification. It sounds a lot more difficult than it is:




Now sew the binding strip on to the next side of the potholder:


Repeat the last couple steps and continue to sew the binding strip around the entire potholder. Once you have completed all four sides, your project should look like this. The binding strip should be sticking out at the end which will be made into a loop at the end.


Now fold the binding strip around the edge onto the other side of the potholder and pin it all around like this:


To make sure you end up with nice corner, pin the corners just as shown here:


Continue to fold the binding strip and all edges and once you get to the last corner and the "tail" end of the binding strip, your project should look like this:


Sew a seam at the end of the binding strip:


Turn the end of the binding strip inside out - see next two pictures on how your binding strip should look now:



Now fold the tail end of the binding strip and make a loop. Top stitch the loop to the "main body" of the potholder and continue to top stitch all around the potholder.....


...and once you have top stitch all side of the potholder, you are done!


Now that was not as difficult as you may have thought it would be, is it?


Aren't these potholders absolutely gorgeous? It sure does not take a lot of fabric to make them. Once you practiced sewing the binding strip a couple of times, it's a piece of cake. Now go through your fabric stash and pick out the fabrics for your very own potholders.




by: Imagine Fabric

9 Comments:

Blogger Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

What a pretty way to brighten up the kitchen. I'll be linking to this.

June 3, 2009 at 10:23 AM  
Blogger Imagine Fabric said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. I am working on so many cute projects right now - make sure to check back again soon. Take care.

June 3, 2009 at 10:41 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Great potholders and excellent tutorial. The pictures are truly worth a thousand words.

I am going to make a few of these this weekend.

June 6, 2009 at 8:35 AM  
OpenID shareslife said...

Cute potholders! I like to put thermal batting in mine so that I don't have to worry about burning my hands!

June 10, 2009 at 12:01 AM  
OpenID katertotter said...

Thank you so much for the tut! Mine turned out just perfect!

August 8, 2009 at 9:53 PM  
Blogger Saffron Craig said...

They look fantastic, how about some tea towels that match?

July 25, 2010 at 10:56 PM  
Blogger Mandy Smithers said...

Thanks for nice close up pics of sewing binding corners. I'm working on one right now and I couldn't remember how to fold the binding.

December 4, 2010 at 7:58 PM  
Blogger Anissa said...

This was a fantastic tutorial. I just made my first one and it was the first time I'd ever sewn a binding onto anything and it turned out perfectly thanks to your great pictures. Thank you!!!

December 19, 2010 at 11:04 PM  
Anonymous Anne From Romania said...

Thanks for this nice and useful tuto.
I've got to try now :)

See you Jo

October 30, 2012 at 11:47 AM  

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