Saturday, December 24, 2016

Fast - Last-minute Gift - Xmas Potholders

I had a lot of left over Christmas fabric from the circle blanket I made, so I decided to make a few last minute stocking stuffers for my mom and best friend.  By using a light fusible interfacing, I was able to quickly sew all the little squares to make several pot holders.  The only time consuming part of this project was cutting all the squares.  However, if you have a mini-charm pack... this would be even faster :)

Supplies Needed:

  • Light weight fusible interfacing (1 pot holder made of 4 x 4 - 2 1/2" squares needs a 10" x 10" square of facing)
  • Fabric squares (for the smallest pot holder I used 16 - 2 1/2" squares, for the medium sized I used 25 - 2 1/2" squares, for the largest I used 16 - 4" squares)
  • Therma Flex Heat Resistant fabric (ironing board fabric) which I bought at
  • Batting
  • Pre-made 1/2" double fold bias binding (you can also make your own binding).  For all three sizes that I made I needed almost two packs.
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Rotary cutter

Lay out your squares in the desired pattern on top of the fusible interface (interface should be bumpy surface side up).

Gently  and carefully press the squares to the interfacing using a hot iron.

You will now sew all of the rows together (later you will sew the columns together). Fold the first row over so the first row of squares is right sides together over the second row.  Make sure the squares line up.  Sew a 1/4" seam allowance down the side of the folded edge.

Now fold the first two rows over the un-sewn rows lining up row two over row three.  Sew a 1/4" seam along the folded edge.

Once the rows are sewn trim a tiny amount off the folded edges.  This will allow you to open up the seams.

Press open the seams.

Flip over and press the top.

Repeat the process to sew the columns.

Cut a small amount from the folded edges so that you can open the seams.

Press open the seams, and press the front of the piece.

Cut a square that is slightly larger than your completed tool of Therma Flex and two squares of batting (should be about 1/4" to 1/2" larger on all sides of your square top).  Layer the Thermal Flex (wrong side up, silver side down), the two pieces of batting, and the top (right-side up).  Clip with binding clips to secure.

Quilt the layers together in a method that you prefer.  I used a 1/8" along each side of the squares.

Trim off the excess batting and Therma flex.  Square off the edges.

With the shorter side of the bias tape facing up, wrap the tape around the edges.  Fold the corners so they are mitered.  Clip with binder clips to secure.

Sew along the edge of the bias tape to secure it to the pot holder.  I used a 1/8" allowance.

Trim your lose threads and enjoy!

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