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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, 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


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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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, 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.



  • 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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Make It Tonight: Place Mat

Fabrics: Mixed Bag collection by Studio M for Moda Fabrics


Here’s a place mat that’s so easy you’ll be eager to sew a set of four! This quilt-as-you-go project means that when the top is done, so is the quilting! Add binding and you’ve completed a pretty place mat! This project is courtesy of our sewing blog, Visit daily for new sewing projects and easy home decor.


Want to see it? Watch the video for our quilt-as-you-go place mat here.


Materials for one place mat:

  • 18×21″ piece (fat quarter) print for place mat backing
  • 9 assorted print 2-1/2×14″ strips for place mat top
  • 1/4 yard dot or print for place mat binding
  • 14×20″ piece thin quilt batting
  • Quilt basting spray (optional)
  • Water-soluble marking pen


Finished place mat: 18×12″

Sew this project with 1/4″ seams. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.

Yardages and cutting instructions are based on 42″ of usable fabric width.


Cut the Fabrics:

From backing fabric, cut:

  • 1—14×20″ rectangle

From binding fabric, cut:

  • 2—2-1/2×42″ strips



Assemble (and Quilt) the Place Mat:

1. Lay backing fabric rectangle on work surface with right side down.


2. Place thin quilt batting piece on top. (If desired, use quilt-basting spray to secure the layers together.)


3. Using a water-soluble marking pen, mark a line 2-1/2″ from left short edge.


4. Align a print 2-1/2×14″ strip, right side up, between the left short edge and the drawn line.


5. Place a second print 2-1/2×14″ strip, right side down, atop the first strip.


6. Sew together along one edge through all layers.
TIP: Use a walking foot attachment on your machine during the construction to avoid puckers on the placemat front and back. With a walking foot, all layers of fabric move through machine at the same speed.


7. Finger-press the top strip open.
8. Continue adding assorted print strips in same manner, one at a time, finger pressing each open, until all nine strips have been added.

9. Finger-press ninth strip open. Press unit flat.

10. Centering strips, trim unit to make an 18×12″ place mat top.


11. Machine baste around outer edges of place mat top about 1/8″ from cut edges.


12. To bind and finish the edges of place mat use 2-1/2×42″ binding strips.

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Make It Tonight: Shower Curtain

Fabrics: Jack and Jenny collection by Laurie Wisbrun for Robert Kaufman Fabrics


A shower curtain is easier than you think! Choose your favorite fabric and turn it into a one-of-a-kind shower curtain to match your decor! This project is courtesy of our sewing blog, Visit daily for new sewing projects and easy home decor.



  • 4-5/8 yards donkey print for the curtain
  • One package curtain rings with attached hanger clips
  • Purchased waterproof shower curtain liner


Finished curtain: 72″ square


Yardages and cutting instructions are based on 42″ of usable fabric width.

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


Cut Fabrics:

From the donkey print, cut:

  • 2—39-1/2×81″ rectangles


Assemble the Shower Curtain:

1. Using a 1/2″ seam allowance and with right sides together, sew the rectangles along a pair of long edges to make a 77×81″ pieced rectangle. Zigzag-stitch the seam allowances to prevent fraying. Press the seam in one direction.

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2. With wrong side inside, fold a long edge over 1-1/2″; press.

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3. Fold the same long edge over another 1-1/2″; press again.

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4. Topstitch (sew a straight line) along the first folded edge to hem.

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5. Repeat steps 2, 3, and 4 on the remaining long edge and the top edge of the pieced rectangle.

6. With wrong side inside, fold bottom edge over 3″; press. Fold same edge over another 3″; press again. Topstitch just inside the first folded edge to hem as you did before.

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7. Reinforce top and bottom corners by stitching an X in each corner to complete your shower curtain.

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8. To hang your shower curtain, slide curtain rings on shower rod and clip curtain and waterproof liner together.

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Make It Tonight: Easiest Tote Bag


Fabrics: Nana’s Pantry collection by Mama’s Cottons for Connecting Threads


Here’s a good first tote bag project that will instatntly become your go-to pattern! Plus, the bag is made with a doubled seam so no unfinished fabric edges show. This project is courtesy of our sewing blog, Visit daily for new sewing projects and easy home decor.




  • 4—18×21″ pieces (fat quarters) assorted prints (bag, bag lining)
  • 1-1/3 yards 1″-wide webbing (straps)
  • 2—17×20″ pieces paper-backed, iron-on fusible web (such as Steam-A-Seam 2 or Wonder Under)


Finished tote bag: 15″w x 14″h (not including straps)

**Sew this project with 1/4″ and 1/2″ seams.

Prepare Fabrics:

1. Press all fabrics to remove wrinkles and fold lines.



2. Following manufacturer’s instructions, center and press a paper-backed, fusible-web piece onto wrong side (unprinted side) of one bag fabric piece; let cool. Peel off paper backing.

3. Layer a bag lining piece wrong side down on first fabric piece; smooth out from center to edges. Following manufacturer’s instructions, fuse pieces together.

4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 with remaining bag and bag lining fabric pieces to make two prepared fabric pieces.



Cut Fabrics:

From each set of prepared fabrics, cut:

  • 1—16-1/2″ each square

From webbing, cut:

  • 2—24″-long pieces



Assemble Tote Bag:


1. Turn under one edge of a 16-1/2″-square prepared fabric piece 1/2″; press.
2. Turn under same edge again 1″; press.



3. Insert ends of 24″-long webbing piece under last fold of prepared fabric 4-3/4″ from outer edges. Sew webbing in place.


4. Fold and press webbing toward top edge. Topstitch 1/8″ and 7/8″ from top edge to make a bag unit.


5. Repeat steps 1–4 to make second bag unit.



6. Layer the bag units with lining sides together. Pin in place. Using 1/4″ seam allowance, sew together bag units along sides and bottom edge.

7. Trim  corners close to the seam line.
8. Turn to opposite side (lining side out); press.

9. Using 1/2″ seam allowance, sew along sides and bottom edge to complete bag.
10. Turn bag right side out; press.

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