Potholder Tutorial

Potholder tutorial with free pattern - easy neighbor gift - Melly Sews #diy #sewing #gift

Hi all! Today I’m guest posting over at Positively Splendid for Swell Noel. Over there I’m sharing the Spiced Hot Chocolate Recipe portion of this quick gift set, and here I’m sharing a pot holder tutorial.

Sew this easy Potholder - tutorial with free pattern - Melly Sews

To make this you’ll need the pattern, fabric, and cotton batting. I bought 1/4″ yard of each of the fabric and batting and had enough to make 2 oven mitts.

Cut 2 of the mitt piece out of fabric and 4 out of batting. Also cut 1 18″ long x 2″ wide piece of fabric for the binding.

Materials - Potholder tutorial with free pattern - Melly Sews

Make a sandwich of your pieces – 2 layers of batting, then the two layers of fabric right sides together, then the last 2 layers of batting.

 

Step 1 - Potholder tutorial with free pattern  - Melly Sews

Sew down the straight edge of the mitt, using 1/2″ seam.

 

Step 2 - Potholder tutorial with free pattern - Melly Sews

This will allow you to open the mitt up and do all your quilting at once.

Step 2 - Potholder tutorial with free pattern -Melly Sews

Quilt your batting to your fabric. I chose to do straight lines on all the solid green lines on my fabric.

Quilting - Potholder tutorial with free pattern - Melly Sews

Fold your mitt back right sides together and finish sewing around the edges. Trim the seam allowances down to 1/4″, and clip to (but not through!) the seam in the corner of the thumb.

Step 4 - Potholder tutorial with free pattern - Melly Sews

Take your 18″ strip and fold it in half, matching long edges. Press. Open. Fold the raw edges to match the center crease line and press again. Fold the strip back in half – you’ve made a strip with the long raw edges pressed to the inside. Press one short edge 1/4″ to the wrong side.

Binding - Potholder tutorial with free pattern - Melly Sews

Pin the binding you made around the bottom edge of the mitt, starting with the folded short edge. Overlap over the folder edge when you come back around and trim off excess binding. Stitch in the creaseline closest to the edge.

Step 5 - Potholder tutorial with free pattern - Melly Sews

Fold the binding to the inside, making sure to overlap your stitching line. Stitch again, securing the binding to the inside and enclosing all the raw edges of the mitt.

 

Step 6 - Potholder tutorial with free pattern - Melly Sews

To finish off your gift, whip up some of this Spiced Hot Chocolate and add a printable gift tag (from Positively Splendid).

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  1. says

    What a neat oven mitt!!!!!!! I was just thinking about making some of these for myself– I need them really bad. What I really like about your tutorials, Melly, is that you use various sewing skills, I’m still blown away by the smocking that you did, I’ve never done it, in fact I didn’t even know what you called it, until you did it and shared instructions on how to do it, but the funny thing is that I was looking in the manual that came with my sewing machine and Voila! there it was big as day– instructions on how to smock. And now the quilting technique applied to the oven mitt. I appreciate the encouragement to step outside the box–Thanks. I am very artsy, and I love doing different/unique things, but some things just intimidate me bit, and now here you’ve given me a new freedom to stop being timid, and sew on leather, to quilt, to smock….I’m glad I signed up for your newsletters. So keep encouraging your readers, we appreciate you more than you can imagine.
    Enjoy!

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