I am excited to be with you today sharing a tutorial for this My Kitchen Potholder , using a motif from my latest book Diary In Stitches.
I would like to show you how to create your very own one of a kind potholder by using this kitchen scene I stitched on linen. Can you believe that I don’t have any handmade potholers left, even though I have made a countless amount of them? They live in my friends’ and my kids’ teacher’s home now. I have a very good feeling that these new set of potholders will find new home soon. 🙂 Well, that’s the charm of being a maker, right?
Finished Potholder size: 7 3/4” wide x 10” high
Materials to Make a Kitchen Potholder
- Linen : 8” x 6 1/2”
- Fabric scraps for applique
- Fusible web such as fast2fuse or Lite Steam A Seam 2
- Pocket lining: 9” x 7 1/2”
- Potholder base: 8 1/2” x 10 1/2”
- Potholder backing: 9 1/2” x 11 1/2”
- Binding: 2 1/2” x width of fabric
- Insulated batting such as Insul-Bright: 2 pieces 8 1/2” x 7”, 2 pieces 9” x 11”
- Basic sewing tools
- Download the My Kitchen motifs (I enlarged the motifs 150% from my book Diary In Stitches.)
- Grommet (optional for hanging potholder)
- Your sewing machine (I sew on a Bernina 570QE)
- BERNINA Stitch Regulator
Instruction to make My Kitchen Potholder
Dimentions are written width x height throughout. Seam allowances are 1/4” unless otherwise noted.
1. Trace My Kitchen motif on the fusible web and fuse on the chosen fabric scraps. Cut out said elements and fuse on linen background with iron. Place the pattern under the linen as a guide. Trace the remaining designs using a temporary marking pen. Set your sewing machine with a short stitch length and dark color thread. Place a piece of interfacing under the design and stitch the design.
Check my video tutorial here.
Also check my previous video tutorial Embellishing with Free-motion and Applique here.
2. With the front sides facing each other, align the lined at the center top of the pocket lining. The lining will be larger than the linen. Stitch across the top edge.
3. Press the seam toward the lining. Fold the lining over the linen to cover the seam allowance. Press.
4. Sandwich 2 layers of 8 1/2” x 7” insulated bating between the linen and lining. Pin in place and quilt as desired. I sew criss-cross lines 1” apart. Set aside.
5. Sandwich Potholder exterior, 2 layers of 9” x 11” insulated batting and backing, with backsides facing eachother. Pin in place. (I have tried with 1 layer, 2 layer and 3 layers of insulated batting and found out 2 layers are sturdy enough.)
6. Quilt as desire. I freemotion quilted using stitch regulator. Find more Stitch Regulator Tips here.
7. Trim the potholder base to 7 3/4” x 10” and potholder pocket to 7 3/4” x 6”. Pin the pocket to potholder base aligning bottom edges.
Pin or stitch to secure.
8. Sew the binding to the right side of the potholder, folding a miter at each corner. Check the binding tutorial here.
9. Optional: I sew zigzag stitches on pocket seams.
10. Fold the binding over to the back of the potholder and then hand stitch or machine stitch in place. Attach a grommet for hanging (optional).
Now your My Kitchen illustrated potholder is finished!! I hope you enjoyed my thread sketching potholder project.
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