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Make It Tonight: Pot Holders

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.

 

Materials:

  • 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

 

Cut Fabrics:

From Print B, cut:

  • 8″ square
  • 2×5″ strip

 

Assemble Pot Holder:

 

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1. Fold Print B 2×5″ strip in half lengthwise with right side out; press.

 

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2. Unfold strip. Fold long edges in to meet at center fold; press again.

 

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3. Fold in half lengthwise aligning folded edges; press again. Stitch folded edges using a 1/4″ seam allowance.

 

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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).

 

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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.

 

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6. Center cotton batting square on insulated batting square. Apply basting spray.

 

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7. Layer Print A pot holder front, right side up, atop spray-basted batting.

 

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8. Layer Print B 8″ square wrong side up, on top. Pin layers together.

 

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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).

 

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10. Clip corners close to stitching to reduce bulk.

 

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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.

 

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13. Using a water-soluble marking pen and ruler, draw a stitching line 1″ from outer edges of pot holder.

 

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14. Stitch along marked line to complete pot holder. Spritz marked lines with cold water to “dissolve” lines.

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We Heart It, It’s Free

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!

Click here to get the free pattern.

 

Journal Cover for Composition Notebook from Snapdragon Studios for Dear Stella

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.

Click here to get the free pattern.

 

Spooky Witch Hazel Halloween Quilt by Jedi Craft Girl for Riley Blake Designs

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.

Click here to get the free pattern.

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Perfect Your Skills: Curved Piecing

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.


Make It Tonight: Baby Toys

Fabric: Urban Zoologie by Ann Kelle for Robert Kaufman Fabrics

Project design: Erica Jackman

 

Quick-to-sew soft little critters make perfect playmates for baby. These two softies (along with six others) are easy to make from a fabric panel. This project is courtesy of our sewing blog, howtosew.com. Visit daily for new sewing projects and easy home decor.

Here’s the whole panel. It’s about 22×44″.

The materials given are for eight animal softies. Instructions are for making one.

 

Materials:

  • One panel (makes 8 animal softies)
  • 8—9″ squares assorted prints or 2–18×22″ pieces (fat quarters) for backing
  • Polyester fiberfill
  • Water-soluble marking pen
  • Chopstick (optional)

Finished hippo: about 8×4″

Measurements include 1/4″ seam allowances.
Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.

 

 

 

Assemble the Softie:


1. Cut out animal print along printed border. With a water-soluble marking pen, draw a line around animal shape about 1/2″ from outer edges.

 


2. With wrong sides together, layer and pin marked animal print and 9″ backing square. Cut out layers on marked line.

 


3. Pin cut shapes with right sides together (printed sides). Using a water-soluble marker, mark a 2″ opening along one edge of animal shape.

 

 


4. Using a 1/4″ seam allowance, sew around shape, leaving marked opening free.

 


5. Turn right side out. Stuff hippo shape with fiberfill, using a chopstick to pack filling into small areas.

TIP: Using small “tufts” of polyester makes a smoother finished stuffed softie.

 


6. Fold unstitched seam allowances to inside; pin in place. Using a needle and thread, stitch opening closed to complete animal softie.

(See how to sew a seam closed with invisible stitches here.)

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We Heart It, It’s Free

Once a month, we highlight our favorite free quilt and sewing patterns around the web!

 

 

 

Sea Glass Table Runner by Karin Jordan for Sizzix

We love solids. And blues. And that interesting piecing. Basically, we love this quilt! Use your Sizzix die cutting machine or try some freeform cutting. This is the perfect end-of-summer project!

Click here to get the free pattern.

 

 

 

Sliced Citrus Party Tags by Camelot Fabrics

These cute felt tags make us want to throw a citrus party right now! They’re so simple and will really add a special touch to drinks or gifts.

Click here to get the free pattern.

 

 

 

Gemstone Paper Pieced Pillow by Jennifer Sampou

This pillow looks like beautiful stained glass! And it’s the perfect way to clean out some of your scraps.

Click here to get the free pattern.

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