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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.
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?
Correct, sounded like you had made some so figured I could give you enough to prompt your memory.
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...
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.
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.
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
Update: harumph. I have dug through the pile where I keep my batting. I KNOW I had a piece of leftover InsulBrite. It's not with the other pieces of batting. It's also not where it shouldn't be, i.e. any other place.
The ONLY solution I can think of is that some dastardly person entered my house, proceeded to my sewing room and STOLE my leftover InsulBrite. That rat bastard. I have been stymied.