I've been having fun working on some projects using my applique designs on something other than tea towels. So today I'm going to share with you a fun project! A super easy project! An insulated pot holder! Now this is not your loop de loop type of pot holder like we made at girl scout camp or home ec class.... although those are cute too. No, this is an adorable fox pot holder that would be adorable to have for when you go camping or up north to the cabin. It would be a sweet hostess gift for your cabin loving friends too! My grandma used to have cute pot holders on display in her kitchen hanging on a hooks near her stove. She didn't usually use them, they were for decoration because they were so adorable. What happened to those days? Let's put some potholders on display again just because they are cute!
I used this years Minnesota Shop Hop fabrics. I had leftover pieces left in my layer cake that I bought. I picked out two 10" squares for the front and back of my potholder. Then I traced my fox pieces out onto my heat n bond lite and ironed them onto my fabric pieces for my design. Cut them out and ironed them onto the front square for my potholder. I ironed my design on at an angle so when the potholder hangs from the corner loop the design will be 'upright'. I then layered my backing, batting and front together to make a batting sandwich. I used Insul-Bright Needlepunched Insulated Lining for my 'batting' for my quilted Garden Visitor potholder. You can find Insul-Bright at most quilt shops, Walmart, Connecting Threads etc.
|Using brown thread and my machine's buttonhole stitch, I machine applique around the design, sewing through all three layers. A quick way to quilt your potholder!|
Now onto the fun part! Let's sew on the buttons for the fox's eye's and nose. I also add buttons for the flowers center, yo-yo's would also look cute! I couldn't just stop there, I added a yo-yo to the hanging loop.
I love how my potholder turned out! I don't think I can give it away, it's mine!
I hope that you take some time to make some potholders. Have some fun! It's a great way to use up some leftover pieces of fabrics from those bigger projects. My quick potholder tutorial would work with any of my tea towel designs. Let's display cute potholders again like our grandma's did!