Tutorial Tue: Disarmingly Charming Quilted Potholder

Tutorial: Quilted Potholder 
Have any of you decided to enter Moda Bake Shop’s Contest? I have, but I don’t want to reveal my entry just yet! But I did make a potholder with my leftover fabrics, and although there are about a million potholder tutorials online, I’m going to share this one anyway. It’s for my little sister Serena, who’s just moved to Alaska with her USAF husband, John. So it’s sort of a housewarming gift set, as I’m sending her my matching Fandango (Kate Spain) quilted entry also.

What you’ll need:

  • 4 x strips of fabric, 10″ by 2 1/2″ for the front
  • 9″ by 9″ square for back of quilted part             
  • 12″ by 9″ piece of fabric for back grippy pocket – N.B. If you have fusible woven interfacing around, you should use it on the back of this piece to make it more sturdy and substantial. Trust me.
  • 9″ by 9″ quilt batting
  • 9″ by 9″ of Insul-brite batting
  • enough 2″ wide strips of fabric to make 38-40″ of binding
From top left: strips for front, back piece, pocket piece, binding strips.
The Insul-Brite is on top – you can get it at fabric stores, where it lives with the quilt batting. I got 1/2 metre for like £2.50.

1. Make the front: Take your 2 1/2″ strips of fabric and arrange them in a pleasing way, then sew together using 1/4″ Seam Allowance (SA). Press all the SA  to one side.

2. Make the sandwich: Take your backing piece and lay it face down on the table. Cover with quilt batting, then cover that with your Insul-brite batting, with reflective side up. This ensures that the heat is reflected back to the pan or dish when you use the potholder – it’s not going to do much good facing toward your hand! Then cover that with your pieced front, and baste in whatever way you usually baste stuff.  I used quilting adhesive spray on the batting layers because it’s easy and effective and I’m lazy.

3. Quilt as desired:  Don’t worry too much about getting the edges perfect because we’ll be trimming this down to 8″ square! 

I just did wiggly stipple quilting.

 4. Trim: Using your rotary cutter and ruler, trim the quilted piece to 8″ square.


5. Attach the pocket: Take your pocket piece and fold it in half, WST, so that it measures 6″ by 9″. Carefully pin the edges down and trim so that it measures 6″ by 8″.  Now, edge stitch that folded edge to make it look all pretty and make it sturdy. Then attach the pocket to the potholder, edgestitching a few mms away from the edge, as pictured below:


6. Make your binding: If necessary, attach your binding strips together like this: 

I use Crazy Mom Quilts binding tutorial every time I need to bind a quilt, so I’ll just recommend you go there. AmandaJean is a great teacher! But, in order to save time, I sewed mine onto the back of the potholder, and instead of hand sewing it, I used my machine because it’s faster and again: I’m lazy.
So here’s what mine looked like on the back before I sewed the front binding down:

See the pin peeking out on the top left?

And here’s what it looked like on the front, all pinned and ready:

I stitched the binding down, close to the edge:


And here’s the finished product! Such a quick, cute and easy thing to make!

If you look carefully you can see that I didn’t do that great of a job with the front edgestitching, but that was totally my fault for pulling the binding around way too tightly, and it was a very useful lesson for me to have learned (the hard way, as usual!).

If you have any questions, email me at jennaexcell (at) gmail (dot) com.
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11 Responses to Tutorial Tue: Disarmingly Charming Quilted Potholder

  1. Sara @ Sew Sweetness says:

    Wow, thank you so much for the tutorial…I need one of these, and I've bookmarked it! Yours looks so pretty!

  2. Riel Nason says:

    Really nice tutorial and I like that you dared to do the machine stitched binding. I always want to try that but am just not sure about keeping it straight and not having all my stitching miss on the side I'm not watching. A potholder is the perfect small item to try it out on.

  3. Dawn says:

    Love the Tut! I also sew and quilt so this is a great combination. Thanks for posting.
    I am here from Not Just a Housewife and am your newest follower. Stop by my place if you have some time. http://creativecaincabin.blogspot.com/
    Have a Great Day :)

  4. ~The Bargain Babe says:

    Thanks for posting this! I have been wanting to try my hand at making potholders!

  5. Valery (CEO Wanna Be) says:

    Very Cute! I am a new follower. I wish that I could sew, my mom does and I just never could learn. Maybe someday. Have a great Tuesday. I am a new follower
    http://thisnthatboutiqueblog.blogspot.com/

  6. Joanne says:

    what a sweet project! I can't wait to make one!Blessings, Joanne

  7. Hi, I'm Suz!! says:

    Thanks for the tute! I love the fabric you used! Thanks so much for posting over at Not Just a Housewife – - that's where I found you!

    Hugs ~~ Suz
    http://www.inspiringcreativeness.blogspot

  8. Quiltstory says:

    Love how yours turned out and LOVE the fabrics! Thanks for sharing how you made yours! Thanks for linking to Fabric Tuesday.

  9. Michele says:

    Love your tutorial and the adorable potholder.

  10. Beverly @ FlamingoToes.com says:

    Jenna your potholder is so cute!! I love the fabric you used!
    Thanks so much for linking up to the first Think Pink Sunday!! :)

  11. Vivian says:

    This is a great idea and tut. I will make one of these for our ASG/Quilting Group pot holder exchange later in the year.

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