By downloading and printing my patterns, you can fashion your homemade potholders, that will look fabulous and save you from 2nd-degree burns at the same time. And there are not many things we can say that about!
The sizes I have picked fit my hands snugly, at a petite 7 inches square, but if you want to scale up or down, shrink or enlarge the patterns by the appropriate amount to match your hands.
What You Will Need
Eleven pieces of your chosen material:
- 2 x 32-inch Bias binding, for binding the mitts together. If you want a hook too then add another 2 x 4-inch pieces in.
- 2 x 8-inch squares of Insul Bright material, for insulation. You can get this on eBay or in drapers (if there is one near you).
- A pair of scissors.
- Square fabric, for the backing 8.5″2.
- Access to a printer and tape, for the outline (see below to print).
These items are optional but invaluable, in my opinion!
- Marker pen for quilt lines (soluble).
- Safety pins, or some spray adhesive (I used 505 Spray
- Adhesive) to make the sandwich for the quilt.
- Rotary cutter.
- Quilting ruler.
- Self-healing cutting mat – if you don’t already have one of these you need to get one!
- Get everything assembled and set aside ample time to work in. (I would allow a half-day to be on the safe side).
- If you like a challenge, you could always toss together one of my sumptuous double chocolate tortes (check out my blog) before you begin, and then be ready with your new mitts to get it out of the oven with afterwards! Otherwise, you are ready to begin!
- Start by printing the design you have downloaded (at the bottom of the page). Make sure you pick a size that works for your actual hands. If you need to scale up or down, do that accordingly. When printing, ensure your printer is not stuck on “fit to page” but printing the original size.
- Each print has two pages, and these should be taped together. Now cut out the pieces.
- Sew the pieces with a seam of ¼ inch. If they don’t line up, don’t worry, they can be trimmed.
- Square the completed blocks with your seven-inch square.
- Now construct your quilt sandwich. Use the insulation and backing material. Either pin or spray it, depending on which method you prefer.
- Next quilt the mitts. How creative you want to be is up to you. The method I used was straight lines, with a stitch of 3. I did mine off the top of my head, but if you want to be more organized, use a washable marker to draft out your designs – remember to wipe it clean afterwards!
- Then trim your excess backing and insulation material until it’s even.
- Make your bias binding and create the binding for the mitts. If you are unsure how to do this, here’s a tutorial.
- For the hanger (optional) sew it to the edge of the binding and use quilt tags. You can make your own from any material, i.e. ribbon.
You’re done – just in time to take that cake out of the oven!