Potholders are the perfect project — they're quick and easy to stitch up, they make great gifts and you can use scraps left over from larger projects. Follow this tutorial and you'll have some ready to present in no time.
Finished Size: 8" square
What You Need
- Eight 2½" fabric squares in color A (Navy)
- Eight 2½" squares in color B (White)
- 9" square backing fabric (Navy)
- 9" square of Insul-Bright insulating material
- 9" square of cotton batting
- 2¼” by width of fabric strip (for binding)
- Basting spray (optional)
Insul-Bright is a specially made fabric that reflects hot and cold energy back to itself. This material needs to be used with at least one layer of cotton batting in order to absorb condensation.
1. Make Your Quilt Block
Start by making four four-patch blocks, using the instructions here .
Repeat with the second pair of four-patch blocks.
Lay the rows on top of each other, right sides together. (Orient them so you keep the checkerboard pattern.) Sew the rows together with a ¼" seam allowance and press the seam open .
2. Square Up Your Block
Trim your finished block to square up the edges .
3. Layer the Quilt Sandwich
Layer your pieces in the following order: potholder back (wrong side up), Insul-Bright (there is no right or wrong side to this fabric), cotton batting and potholder top (right side up).
4. Secure the Layers
5. Quilt It
Trim your potholder so the edges are even, cutting away excess batting and backing layers.
After quilting, you may want to baste around all edges ⅛” from the edge — this will keep the layers together so the binding goes on more easily.
6. Make the Binding
To make your binding , start at one end of your fabric strip and fold the strip in half lengthwise (wrong sides together), pressing until you have reached the end of the strip.
7. Bind the Potholder
Bind your potholder using prepared binding from Step 6 or using purchased ready-made binding. Bind the potholder just as you would bind a quilt .
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