Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Multi-Patchwork Potholders

  • 16 Fabric Charm (5") Squares
  • 4, 2-1/2" x 10" Coordinating Fabric Strips
  • 4, 8" Fabric Squares
  • 4, 8" Squares of Insulated Batting

1.  Match 8 charm squares with 8 other charm squares. Place right sides together making 8 "sandwiches".
2.  On the back of one side of each sandwich, using a fabric safe pen or pencil, draw an X connecting the diagonal corners. 
3.  Stitch 1/4" to the left of one of the X lines.  
Then Stitch 1/4" to the right of the same line.  
4.  Cut down the line between the stitch lines. 
5.  Then cut down the other line.  You will have four pieces. 
6.  Open and press.  
7.  When using this quicker piecing method, you can sew your triangle sets together in one of two ways:
8.  For this tutorial we will be using the second way. 
Play around with your triangles.  Once you decide on your desired sets, with a 1/4" seam allowance, sew the long sides together like in the above picture, creating squares.  

9.  Now arrange your squares into sets of four.
Sew two squares together with a 1/4" seam allowance.
Repeat with the other two squares.
Then sew the rows of two squares together creating a 2 x 2 square.
Repeat until you have four 2 x 2 squares. 
10.  Trim down the patchwork squares to measure 8".

11.    Take the patchwork squares you just finished,
the insulated batting squares, and the fabric squares.
12.  Lay the batting squares down first.  Then lay the patchwork square on top of it right side up.  Finally lay the 8" fabric square right side down on top of the patchwork square. 
13.  Using a template or cup, draw out rounded edges on all four corners. 
14.  Cut the edges of all three pieces.  Set aside.
15.  Take the 2 1/2" x 8" strips. 
16.  Fold in half wrong sides together and press. 
17.  Unfold.
18.  Fold in the sides to meet at the center, wrong sides together. Press.  
19.  Fold in half on the first fold line, enclosing the raw edges.  Press.  Edge stitch both long edges.
These are your straps.
20.  Fold straps in half so that the shorter raw edges meet.
Place each strap into one of the corners of each square set in between the solid 8" square and the patchwork square.
21.  Pin the strap in place. 
22.  Pin all three layers together. 
23.  Sew along all four edges with a 3/8" seam allowance.  
Leaving a 2" opening on one edge for turning right side out. 
24.  Turn right side out and press. 
25.  Edge stitch along all four sides.  
Then stitch in the ditch through both center lines or whatever kind of quilting you would prefer. 
and Voila! :)  
You have four fun patchwork potholders!  
For added thickness use two pieces of insulated batting. 
I'm a bit sad that I am finishing up my last hoarded charm packs from the Simple Abundance line.  
Just love the colors and prints of them!  
So I am definitely keeping these for myself and my kitchen.  I think they will look great for fall!  


Sandy said...

Thanks so much, I can't wait to give this a try!

Baye said...

A timely post for me. I was just thinking that absolutely must do something about my pathetic potholders. Thanks for the tutorial.

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