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Summer Sew Along Week 5

September 21, 2011

This week I made up these hot pads which have pockets for your hands on the back to make them useful as pot holders. My mom had something like this in her kitchen when I was visiting this summer, so I used one as a guide to make mine.

For each pot holder you will need 1 – 7.5″ x 10″ rectangle for the back of the pot holder (I used trees and stripes for mine). From a second print (I used green snowflakes) you will need 1 – 8.5″ x 11″ rectangle (for the front), 1 – 7.5″ x 7″ rectangle (for the pocket), 1 – 1.5″ x 5.5″ rectangle (for the hanging loop), and 2-  2.25″ bias binding strips (cut on a 45° angle across an 18″ width of fabric). You will also need a piece of cotton batting and insul-bright, each 8.5″ x 11″.

We’ll start by quilting the body of the hot pad. Layer the 8.5″ x 11″ print right side down, cotton batting, insul-bright and 7.5″ x 10″ print right side up to make your quilt sandwich. (I’ve spread them out to show better in the pic, but you’ll want to line yours up in a stack). Make sure that the cotton batting (2nd from bottom) is between the front of the pot holder and the insul-bright.

Pin your sandwich to keep it from shifting and quilt as desired. I quilted diagonal lines 1″ apart across the top, using 1″ painter’s tape to mark my quilting lines.

Trim your quilted sandwich using the 7.5″ x 10″ fabric rectangle as a guide.

Make the hanging loop by pressing the 1.5″ x 5.5″ rectangle in half lengthwise, wrong sides together. Open the fabric to reveal the crease running down the middle of the fabric. Press each long edge to meet the center crease, then refold and press along the original crease, enclosing the long edges. Edgestitch along the long open edge.

Hem the pocket by turning under ½” to the wrong side along the 7″ edge of the 7.5″ x 7″ rectangle. Turn under another ½” to the wrong side on the same edge and edgestitch next to the inner fold.

Baste the loop in place on the center back. Baste the pocket in place on the back (lined up at the bottom and sides). I curved the edges on my pot holders by using a drinking glass to mark a curve in each corner. Don’t trim the corners yet.

Join the binding strips together and press wrong sides together along the length of the strips. Attach the binding strip to the back of the pot holder, stretching around the marked curves. When you get back to the beginning, use your favorite method to join the ends of the binding (I use Rita’s method shown here).

Trim the corner curves ¼” from the stitching line. Turn the binding to the front of the pot holder and stitch in place. You’re done! Now you can make another if you like.

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