Tuesday, November 25, 2008

You are 10 Minutes Away From Cute Potholders!

If you looked in my kitchen drawer, you would see some pretty gross potholders. I'm ashamed of them. I looked at them for a minute, and thought..."I can totally make new ones!"

So here is your 10 minute tutorial for easy-peasy potholders. First, cut out two squares of material (the same material or you can switch it up and use two different patterns) to 9 inch by 9 inch squares. Cut out two additional 9x9 squares of batting. (I used some good thick batting. Ya don't want to burn your fingers, do you?)

Now, layer your squares in this order: Two sheets of batting...then place one square of your fabric right side up {that means the wrong side is touching the batting}) and then place your other piece of material on top of that, with the right side facing down. Now, pin your corners and center so it doesn't move around on ya.

Now...sew! I used a 1/2 inch seam allowance but now that I think about it, you can totally do a 1/4 inch seam and it will work just fine. But it's up to you. Sew all the way around your square, leaving about 2 inches in the middle of one side so that you can flip it inside out.




Then clip the excess edges on the corners into a diagonal so that you get good square edges when you turn it right side out.


So with the space that you left unsewn, flip it so that you have a nice puffy square, showing both pretty sides of the material, using the blunt edge of scissors or something to poke out the corners so they look nice and square.

Pin the edge of the small part left unsewn, and slip stitch across it to close the opening. Then, notice how much your hands look like your mother's hands...and how you really need to clip those cuticles...
Now, sew along the edges with 1/4 inch seam allowance (this means the material is right along the edge of the foot) all the way around the square. (The corner edges can get pretty thick. Just go slow.)


Now, starting on one diagonal, sew down the middle of the potholder, straight as you can, until you reach the opposite diagonal. Do the same with the other diagonal.


Clip your strings and you are done! You have yourself a potholder that you made in less than 10 minutes. Now, go make more. Who uses just one potholder?



...Or, tie them up with a ribbon and you've got a great gift to give someone. Come on! Everyone has old stained potholders that they are embarrassed by. They just don't admit it.


I used the same material that I had left over from making another purse. I couldn't help myself. I didn't want my other purse to be lonely at night...

14 comments:

Julee said...

You are amazing! That purse is soooo cute. :)

Sharon said...

wow!! awesome tutorial! Shaina, you're a sewing maniac. you've definitly got a gift

BrittanyLane said...

What a great idea. Gorgeous purse. You should go into business..

Karen and Matt said...

I remember making a hotpad like that in 7th grade. It didn't look quite as good as yours though! Thanks for the tutorial. If I had a sewing machine I would totally make some more! I love the purse, so cute! =)

Rayna said...

Great Idea!

melissahurst99 said...

You are so crafty. I wish I had the time and energy to do all these fun things!!

Jen Sue Wild said...

Great tutorial.. I make them a lot to go with aprons i send out...
I am glad that your purse will no longer be lonley. LOL
Maybe I will have to make one and we can be twiners. LOl

Kim Watson said...

A lonely purse~ heeheehee!

You are very talented you know...sewing straight while you pose & photograph is quite a feat!~!

I love them!

Bobbi Jo said...

Very good tutorial! Thank you I think I am going to add that on to my TO DO list this week. The purse and potholders are very pretty. Love the material.
Hugs, Bobbi Jo

I'm Always Rite said...

You are so crafty! :) I may heed your example, only I think I'll make my pot holders a bit bigger because then I can also use them as trivets under Superman's gigantic cast iron!

LollyChops said...

I noticed that my hands looked like my mothers hands too.. it was shocking...and I think I went out the weekend I noticed and added a manicure to my twice a month pedicure.. heh. Those pesky cuticles.

Great tutorial! I have made these before and I pretty much do it the exact same way you do...!

Happy Thanksgiving Shaina!

Chloe said...

Those are way cute - you are so talented :)

Andrea said...

I have followed over from OhFransson to you. I hope you don't mind terribly. I was enamored with her purse and was curious to see how yours turned out. I'm working on mine right now and was curious if you could explain something to me.

I followed the directions (but clearly I've gone wrong somewhere!) and am stuck with the lining. I put the handle on before the lining, as it says, but then it's giving me issues with the lining because of it.

Did you run into any hiccups? do you have any suggestion? do I even make sense? Should I elaborate?

Andrea said...

.. Nevermind! It seems I figured out to tuck the handle in the exterior bag. Yay! I guess I shouldn't be sewing at 2:30 am! Anyway, sorry for bugging you!