Christmas Potholders {tutorial} Delightful December

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I have a great tutorial for you today! I’ve been making these adorable potholders/hot pads and I want to share how I did it! Two years ago I was able to snag a great deal on Christmas fabric after the holiday. I used it to make my Tree Skirt and Stockings using the paper-piecing quilting technique. I’ve using the same fabric for this project and a similar sewing technique as well.
Christmas 
Aren’t they fun?? 

Pretty easy to make too! Let’s get started!

First, gather your scrap material. I used Christmas fabric, but you can really use any fabric that goes together.
I cut the pieces 1 1/2 inch wide and as long as I had. You can cut the length later.
Take your first two pieces (I went with two small scraps I had). I took pictures as I added the first four pieces. After each seam, you must iron it open. You can also see that I didn’t sew the seams at the same angle. I tried to vary the degree and angle of each seam. Trim off the tail of each strop of fabric after you have sewn the seam and ironed it open.
Keep working around the square (I kept piecing around the same direction) until the front is as big as you like.
Here’s a look at the seams. The best part…. you can’t go wrong! The back is messy and the fabric is thick and layered, but its meant to protect from heat so it doesn’t matter how thick it is!
A view of my machine and the angled seam.
Two completed fronts. 
Square them up to the same size.
 Cut a back from a solid piece of corresponding or matching fabric. Place several layers of quilt batting (you can also buy insulated batting specifically for potholders) on top of the back and add the quilted front to complete the sandwich.
 To quilt it, I pinned (and pinned and pinned) the layers together and then sewed with the front facing on each of the seams. It makes a neat pattern on the back too.
To finish I sewed several of the longer strips together to make the binding and two shorter pieces for the hangers. Here is a basic binding tutorial if you need. The hangers are made from the same 1 1/2 inch strips sewn right side together and turned right side out.
 Machine sew the binding to the front, then hand sew the binding to the back of the pot holders. I places the hanger (folded in half) between the binding and quilted front as I was machine sewing around.
Not a sewer? I’ve also put some of these in my shop for only $15 for the pair! Its a steal!
Let me know if you have questions. I ‘d be glad to help in any way if you get stuck!
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Emily is a stay at home mom to two crazy boys {which she adores} and one amazing husband. She loves to sew, but also dabbles in crafting and recipes. Her faith, friends and family keep her going and motivated. Come along for the ride!

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Comments

  1. Great tutorial. These turned out so cute! I have a lot of Christmas fabric scraps. I think it’s time to pull them out! Thanks for sharing this week at One Creative Weekend! Have a great weekend!

  2. What fun gifts those would make!

  3. How adorable! Thanks for sharing the idea :)

  4. Great tutorial! This will make a great gift, thank you for sharing!

  5. Sue McPeak says:

    Such a great idea for using scraps…really anytime of the year…but especially for Christmas as Quick Gifts! I’m a quilter, too, and have used this technique to make place mats to match the pot holders. Great job on the Tutorial! I hope you can stop by CollectInTexas Gal and see my Poinsettia Quilt posted on today’s Friday Link Party.

  6. Gorgeous! Come link up!

  7. stephanie wilson says:

    So whimsical! I adore these little potholders! You have some true talent!

  8. Great gift idea! Thanks for sharing your tutorial.

  9. allisamazing says:

    Great tutorial! Thanks for sharing :)

  10. I love to make potholders and this is such a wonderful tutorial and a great way to use up all my scraps – even the tiniest of pieces! What a great project and I’ll be pinning this to my sewing board. Thanks!

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