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Can't Remember the Clever Potholder Pattern ...   Off-Topic Chat

Started Jul-20 by judyinohio; 908 views.
judyinohio

From: judyinohio

Jul-20

Would someone please guide me to the URL (YouTube Video?) that shows how to make the clever potholder where you overlap (weave?) four folded strips of fabric in a stack with a cotton batting layer and then flip them "wrong-side-out" to create a potholder?

I remember making them one year in leftover Christmas fabrics but the method is gone from my aging brain ...   disappointed

Midkid5

From: Midkid5

Jul-20

  Judy

I don't know where to find the instructions, but you need five squares fold four inhalf put the folds to the center sew all the way around the outside and flip.  I usually use an 8.5" square.

Hope this helps.

Jo

judyinohio

From: judyinohio

Jul-20

Thanks, Jo. I think it is coming back to me. Don't you include cotton batting somewhere?  I remember that poly batting was a no-no. 

Cotton batting goes under the fifth square so when you flip it is covered by the woven four?

Midkid5

From: Midkid5

Jul-20

Correct, sounded like you had made some so figured  I could give you enough to prompt your memory.

Jo

Suze (casuzenn)

From: Suze (casuzenn)

Jul-21

I should think it would take 6 squares of fabric and one or two of batting (I'd use a layer of InsulBrite and a layer of cotton batting) to keep it all looking nice...layer fabric face down, batting, fabric face up...fold the other four and place on the stack with edges matching...and weave the last one under...stitch around the edges, trim the corners and flip right sides out...if you skip that bottom piece of fabric, you will be seeing the batting in the middle...unless you were to stitch the folds down...but then you can't stick your hand into the pot holder...

judyinohio

From: judyinohio

Jul-21

Yep, you got it, Suze.

I had time to wander over to Youtube this afternoon and I found Laura at SewVeryEasy (the silver-haired sewing version of Heloise's Hints) has a video on the subject.

She makes the potholder with triangles or with squares.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FwmMFn79prY

CC (ccase5)

From: CC (ccase5)

Jul-21

Loved that. so simple. my only question is one i always have, my brain forgets. which side should the heat safe side of the insulbright be? top or bottom of square...? I never get that right.
judyinohio

From: judyinohio

Jul-21

I don't think it matters. 

Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

From: Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

Jul-21

I'm so glad that you posted that YouTube video.  I couldn't quite envision the process or even the finished product from the description.

The method she shows is VERY ingenious!  I do have some leftover InsulBrite from some other project and will need to try this out.  Funny thing, we just returned from camping where Mr. Pirate was bemoaning the poor (ummmm ... Very Poor) state of the camping pot holders.   

After looking at the local stores, he finally found some acceptable ones at the Dollar Store.  They are plain blue, which he said was much more acceptable than the girly, floral and birdy prints of the other offerings.  :-)    If I had known this technique was available, I could have told him to save his couple of dollars  LOL!   :-)

Thanks again ... this is very clever.

judyinohio

From: judyinohio

Jul-21

The year I made Christmas-themed couch quilts for the women who worked at our office they were tickled pink.  Then they saw the potholders I made from the scraps from their quilts and they really got over-the-moon excited about those. I had jumbled all the fabrics together so that the poinsettias from Marie's, the ribbons from Sue's, the ornaments from Beverly's, etc. were all mixed up on the potholders so they had reminders of each other's quilts.  The potholder novelty fabrics were mixed with a solid and frankly were kinda ugly but the women sure got a kick out of them.

You can make your camper's potholders as "manly" as Mr. Pirate needs them to be. Just think of the surprises you can give him for Father's Day in the future.  LOL

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