Turn a pile of fabric scraps into a pot holder in under 1
hour.I used the leftover binding pieces
from my last two projects. This project is perfect if you have lots of fabric
scraps and only a little time to indulge in some sewing. Also it’s a good
project for the new quilter because it allows you to practice sewing a ¼ in
seam allowance, make a quilt sandwich and finish with binding your piece.
Pot hold size 8 x 8 inch (20 X20 cm)
Fabric scraps in 3 different fabrics
Backing fabric 8 ½ x 8 ½ inches
Binding fabric 2 1/4 inches x fabric width
Batting (Insul – bright) 8 ½ x 8 ½ inches
Walking foot (optional)
Seam allowance ¼’’
1 Cut fabric as follows
One 1 ½ x 4 ½ ‘’strip for hanging loop
The following strips are 2 ¼’’ wide
Fabric A one 2 ¼’’’square
Fabric B one 2 ¼’’ square, one 4’’ strip, one 6 ¼’’ strip
and one 8’’ strip
Fabric C one 4 ¼’’ strip and one 6’’ strip
2 To make the pot holder top. Pin and stitch the two squares
right sides together on one side. Open seam and press. Next sew the 4’’ strip
to the left side of the two squares. Follow this by pinning and sewing the 4 ¼’’
strip to the top of your sewn piece. Continue stitching the fabric strips using
the number sequence as shown in the photograph. Each new strip sewn will be
longer than the last piece.
3 Make a quilt sandwich as follows – backing square right
side down on work surface, insul-bright batting in the middle and patchwork
square right side up. Pin to hold the layers together.
4 Quilt the sandwich. I chose to quilt on the diagonal
beginning in the centre of my pot holder. First I used a fabric marker to draw
diagonal lines 1’’ apart on my potholder top. Using my walking foot I stitched
on the drawn lines. (A walking foot will minimize slipping of fabric and
wrinkles. A regular presser foot can be used if you don’t have a walking foot)
5 Trim the quilted potholder to 8 x 8 inches
6 To make the hanging loop. Fold the 1 ½ x 4 ½’’ strip
lengthways wrong sides together and press. Open and press the raw edges so they
meet in the centre. Fold the strip in half lengthways again, topstitch down
both sides. Fold the strip in half so the raw ends meet. Pin the loop to the
back of the potholder on one edge 1’’ in from the corner, align raw edges.
Baste into place.
7 Press binding strip in half lengthwise wrong sides
together. Open binding fold one short edge ½’’ towards the wrong side. Press.
This is the start of your binding.
8 Place binding with folded short edge along one raw edge of
the pot holder front (somewhere in the middle of the edge). Align raw edges,
for the first 2 inches only stitch through one layer of binding. Sew using a ¼
inch seam allowance.
9 At each corner stop sewing ¼’’ before the edge sew off the
corner of the project at a 45 degree angle. Remove potholder from sewing
10 Fold binding upward at a 45 degree angle. Hold the fold
with your finger and fold binding back down along next edge. Continue sewing.
Repeat at each corner.
11 When you reach the start trim binding 2’’ longer than you
need. Tuck the excess between the start binding and stitch through all layers.
12 Press binding away from potholder front. Fold binding
around to the back side of the potholder. Stitch binding to the back. I used a ladder