a pretty cool life.: Polka dot pot holders

Monday, February 22, 2010

Polka dot pot holders


I wanted to add a little bit of whimsy to our kitchen, so over the weekend, I made a set of polka dot potholders. 

This is another super easy and quick project.  Here's what I did.

Cut two 8.5 x 8.5 inch squares of fabric and one 8.5 x 8.5 inch square of insulated batting.


Lay the two squares of fabric on top of each other, right sides together, with the batting on top.  Pin and sew, being sure to leave a 3-4 inch opening for turning.  Snip the corners and turn right side out. 


To make the loop for hanging, take a 3.5 x 5 inch scrap of fabric and iron it in half lengthwise.


Open it up and iron each edge in to the center crease.




Iron in half again.


Top stitch along each edge.




Fold into a loop.


As you are top stitching your opening shut, sew your loop in place.

And since I wanted my pot holders to look quilted, after I top stitched my opening closed, I continued sewing around and around, lining my presser foot up along my previous line of stitching for a guide.




In the end, I had 12 lines of stitching.   


There'll be a set in the shop shortly. :)

57 comments:

  1. I love this idea! Thanks for the tutorial!
    -Sarai (of Three Simple Girls)

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  2. Possibly a turquoise set? :)

    Ally @ High Heels & Aprons

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  3. these are super cute! they look a bit larger than the average pot holder found in retail stores...i like that! i machine wash and dry my potholders and they shrink up so small.
    thanks for sharing!
    xo

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    1. SEW FUN
      pre-wash your cottons, air dry. NOT DRYER.

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  4. I REALLY like these! Red is always such a great pop of color in any kitchen.

    Di
    The Blue Ridge Gal

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  5. Cute! I just made potholders a couple of weeks ago - I love how quick and easy they are to make and so much cuter than anything you can buy @ the store! Also made the "darby" dish mat recently - yours turned out really cute!

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  6. This tutorial is wonderful! I'm brand spankin' new to sewing and really appreciate that you took the time to show how you ironed, how you achieved the spacing for the quilted look, ect. Its super helpful! I made the Dishmat from Darby's blog and it looks alright....not as good as her's though :( I'm going to give these potholders a try. Thanks for inspiring me!

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  7. I am needing some new potholders! Fantastic! Thanks for sharing the tutorial!

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  8. Thanks for all the great ideas...your sewing crafts are so cute and colorful!
    ~judi ;)

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  9. Oh those are so cute! Thank you for the tutorial!

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  10. Oh man...I've had potholders on my to do list FOREVER! Love them!

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  11. Oh, how adorable. I need to make some of these. Love the polka dots...so cheery!

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  12. Ok, so maybe if I had a couple of those I wouldn't hate cooking so much! If you have ever read me cooking and paper are two things I totally despise. At least it would look like I liked to cook, and no one would know the words being said in my mind, lol!

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  13. Love 'em! Red and polka dots! My two faves:)

    So...I've been putting off making quilted holders myself...so I may just buy yours! LOL

    But what do you think...could you use a thin older pot holder in place of batting or would it be to thick to quilt?

    -Tenneil
    dirtyhands-beautifullife.blogspot.com

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  14. I love those pot holders! Very cute and great fabric too!

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  15. adorable! Is that Cath Kidson fabric?? Great tutorial!

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  16. Hi Cheryl-
    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I too have so many supplies, I sometimes wonder where else I can store them- upstairs, downstairs, studioffice, even the car when my kids were little- I was always waiting somewhere to pick them up so I did a bit of crafting in the car. I just LOVEEEEE polka dots, the pot holders are so cute and you make it look sew easy. I also love the apron/skirt in your header.

    Diane

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  17. ummm I WISH I could sew that straight of lines and then I'd be all over this! Thanks for sharing though, so cute!

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    1. The Weathered Cottage.
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  18. I am working on new pot holders right now too! Yours are great!!!! LOVE them!

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  19. I love your blog! Great projects, pretty pictures, I have a new favorite! Thanks for stopping by my blog so I could come see yours!

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  20. Absolutely adorable!!! Thanks for the tutorial, I may just try to make some this weekend.

    Liz
    Loving This Mom Stuff

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  21. Now I can follow more of what you're saying! These are adorable. My mother would LOVE the red...I might have to keep these in mind for her birthday.

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  22. Oh these are so cute!
    And I love your shape bean bags too!
    Great job!
    :o) Trish

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  23. These are so fun! I love potholders- they're such a great way to display and use the fabric that I love. Thanks so much for this, I'll be linking.

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  24. oh these are just perfectly adorably darling. You can never go wrong with red polka dots!!

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  25. Beautiful! Thank you for the tutorial!

    :)
    Candy

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  26. I did not even know that I had a twin sister out there! Everything about your blog just completes me! I love your style!!

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  27. Cheryl --

    Those are so cute. I love polka dots!! What a cute gift they would make!

    Thanks for linking it up to my party!!!

    XOXO
    Jen

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  28. I love red and white, and the polka dots are the cutest!

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  29. hi,, i love it, thank yoU!
    xx

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  30. I'm so glad to have found your blog! You have great taste!
    Fun and inspiring! I'm a novice at sewing and LOVE the pictures that come along with your lesson on how to make these potholders! Very helpful.
    Thank you! Happy Holidays!

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  31. Super Cute! I'd love it if you joined in on our "show off" post @ http://www.beckhamandbloom.com/2010/12/show-off.html
    My readers would love this craft! Have a great week.
    Melly
    http://www.beckhamandbloom.com

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  32. Such a cute idea! I think I may be making some this week. :)

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  33. Pretty sure Santa's bringing me a sewing machine...can't wait to give these a try! I'm a new follower!

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  34. Great idea! I featured this today on my blog!

    Amanda
    todaystoptwenty.blogspot.com

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  36. I just started following, and I absolutely love these! I just got a sewing machine for Christmas from the Hubby, and I was so excited. This was the first project I tried, and it was so easy to follow your instructions. Of course being the beginner that I am they didn't turn out as amazing as yours, but they'll get there...I hope! I featured this on our blog today!

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  37. I have never been interested in making potholders until this very minute. Thanks much for sharing such a cute and simple way to brighten up a kitchen.

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  38. Easy, Lovely and above all... Fashion! ^_^

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  39. Love this site! Just found it and I so appreciate the in-depth directions and pictures that you share. Guess I am just thick-headed, because the trouble that you go through with your directions are so much easier for me to understand, and to follow and produce a finished project! Wonderfully great ideas and site!! gratefully happy, debbie

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  40. I have red dot fabric so you inspired me to get at it. I usually use old towels as insulation to make it a recycling project as well. I need pretty new potholders!

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  41. LOVE THESE! I'm new to sewing and noone has made it seem so understandable and shown such accurate step by step directions. THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!

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  42. like it very very nice thank you so much ^_^

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  43. I found you through Pinterest. Thanks so much for this tutorial, I was able to use it to make my own potholders to turn into travel emergency kits. I was having such a hard time finding potholders that I liked for my project and thanks to your instructions, I was able to make my own just how I wanted it.

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  44. This is awesome, thanks for sharing! Loved the whole idea and concept!! Very pretty!!

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  45. Cute, pretty, innovative and lovely :D

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  46. I made one today out of the cutest fabric.... but it must have had some acrylic in it because it MELTED it when I used it! :( Off to the fabric store to find some 100% COTTON fabric and try again! I think I'll make it even a little bigger. So cute, thanks for the idea!!

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    1. Debbie Jan 15,2013 at 731am
      Ok so I am a bit slow reading this tutorial, I made them and used a wobble stich like a zig zag stitch rather than a straight stich so if your lines are not 100% it does not show.I think it would make a nice christmas gift.

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    2. Thanks Debbie for this suggestion.

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  47. Like many crafters, it's June 29th and I'm making lists for Christmas gift protects, yes I'm checking it twice ;-) and this pot holder is on the list for sure. Thanks!

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  48. Thanks so much for this! I am new to sewing, and all your instructions were very helpful. I feel very empowered and excited to tackle more sewing projects! Thanks!

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  49. Hi Cheryl~Just found your blog and I LOVE it! What an inspiration you are to many. I saw the idea for the polka dot potholes and just had to try them. Being a novice sewer (just for fun and passing time) I seem to be having problems. My thread keeps skipping and/or bunching up on the underside of the potholder. I switched to a heavy needle (one for leather) but not much help. Questions: How many layers of insulated batting did you use? The instructions on the kind that I bought said to use 2 layers plus a layer of regular..too much! Cut it down to 2 of the insulated. Is that what you did? Also, when you are sewing the batting and the material together on the wrong side, how far in from the edge of the fabric did you go? Do you think I have too much bulk? Appreciate any info you can give this 'rookie'. Thanks for great ideas. I'm a follower for sure!

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  50. Love this idea and just created my set! When I started sewing the boxes, I just kept going around and around like a labyrinth. No stopping and starting! It wasn't until I really looked at yours that I realized I had done something different! I only put one layer of the insulating material..... Love the tutorial

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  51. Thanks for the great tutorial! I made two identical to yours fabric-wise! I did my inside stitching non-stop.... Like a labyrinth. I didn't notice your was different until I looked at the picture again.
    So easy and fun!

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