Bring a touch of DIY to your kitchen with handmade pot holders. These reversable accessory is perfect for adding a punch of color and style to every meal!This project is courtesy of our sewing blog, howtosew.com. Visit daily for new sewing projects and easy home decor.
- 8″ square Print A
- 9×11″ rectangle Print B
- 7-1/2 square insulated batting (such as Insul-Bright)
- 8″ square cotton batting
- Basting spray
- Chopstick or pencil
- Matching or contrasting thread
- Water-soluble marking pen
Finished pot holder: 7-1/2″ square
From Print B, cut:
- 8″ square
- 2×5″ strip
Assemble Pot Holder:
1. Fold Print B 2×5″ strip in half lengthwise with right side out; press.
2. Unfold strip. Fold long edges in to meet at center fold; press again.
3. Fold in half lengthwise aligning folded edges; press again. Stitch folded edges using a 1/4″ seam allowance.
4. Fold strip in half to make loop. Using long, removable hand or machine stitches, sew ends of loop to top left-hand corner of Print A square (the pot holder top).
5. Cover work surface with newspaper. Place insulating batting square on work surface. Following manufacturer’s instructions, apply basting spray to “dull” side of insulated batting.
6. Center cotton batting square on insulated batting square. Apply basting spray.
7. Layer Print A pot holder front, right side up, atop spray-basted batting.
8. Layer Print B 8″ square wrong side up, on top. Pin layers together.
9. Beginning in the middle of one edge (not the corner), sew together pieces using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Leave a 5″ opening along one edge for turning (marked here with water-soluble marker).
10. Clip corners close to stitching to reduce bulk.
11. Turn right side out through 5″ opening. Use chopstick or the eraser end of a pencil to push out corners; press.
12. Using a needle and thread, sew the opening closed.
13. Using a water-soluble marking pen and ruler, draw a stitching line 1″ from outer edges of pot holder.
14. Stitch along marked line to complete pot holder. Spritz marked lines with cold water to “dissolve” lines.
Every month, we highlight a trend in quilting and show you how you can add this hip style to your projects!
This month, we’re all about geometric prints. We’ve seen triangles, squares, and hexagons pop up all over in quilting designs. But we’re seeing these geometric designs appear in fabric, too! From modern and bold designs to subtle and blendable prints, these fabrics are perfect for going back to basics.
Geometric fabric for your shopping list (in order going clockwise):
- Geo Pop Canvas collection by Emmie K for Robert Kaufman Fabrics
- Skopelos collection by Katarina Roccella for Art Gallery Fabrics
- Modern Elements collection by Deborah Edwards for Northcott
- Black and White collection by Tamara Kate for Michael Miller Fabrics
- 10,000 BC collection from Benartex
- Savannah collection from Dear Stella
Once a month, we highlight blogs our staff is reading right now!
If you believe quilting is in the details, than you’ll love this blog! Blogger Nicole plays with scary materials for some sewers, such as snaps, pleather, hexagons, fusible and more (and you won’t be afraid, either, after reading her easy tutorials). Her style is bold, but totally livable! And her projects are great for those looking to try new techniques on smaller projects.
Nancy has been the go-to gal for learning new techniques and simplified quilting processes for a long time. And her blog is no exception! Full of clear tutorials, easy projects, and reviews of must-try tools, her blog is perfect for beginners and advanced quilters alike. Plus, her round-ups (like the Top 5 Sewing Projects blog above) make it super easy to find her top tutorials.
Inspired by Antique Quilts
Designer Kathie Holland’s blog is one where you’ll become a better quilter just by looking at pictures of her quilts. She has a beautifully scrappy style, which makes for perfect lessons on color, contrast, and light. The best part is she’s always sewing something new and blogs daily about her projects!
Once a month, we highlight our favorite free quilt and sewing patterns around the web!
Patchwork Pumpkin Pillow + Table Runner from Diary of a Quilter
Blogger Amy Smart gives great step-by-step pictures to make a simple pumpkin block. You can make it into a pillow like above, but she also gives instructions for a seasonal table runner. Plus, this scrappy look is a must for fall!
We’re always looking for new ways to dress up our boring notebooks in our favorite fabric! It has an inside pocket for extra notes and an outside fabric pouch for your pen. It’s so cute and easy — and perfect for last-minute gifts.
This quilt is the perfect way to use your favorite Halloween fabric! It has a vintage look and combines a variety of materials — cotton, lace, and pom-pons — for a textural and bright wall hanging.
Each month, learn a fun trick or tip to make your quilting easier and more polished! This month, learn to sew perfect curved seams. It’s the perfect way to add motion to your quilt!
1. Joining pieces with curved edges presents challenges. Cutting a small notch in the center of a curved edge makes it easier.
2. With right sides together, match the center notches of curved edges. Pin together at the center point, at seam ends, and liberally in between, gently easing the edges as needed to align.
3. Sew together the curved edges. Clip into the seam allowance of the edge that curves in (concave) as needed, but do not cut into or beyond the seam lines. Do not clip the convex edge.
TIP: Some quilters prefer not to clip curved seams. Instead they use a longer stitch length and sew slowly, which helps ease the fabric layers together (the center notch is still necessary).
4. Press the seam allowance toward the piece that has the inner (concave) curve.