If you burn your dinner as often as I do then you know that your pot holders can get gross pretty quickly. Honestly, all of ours are gross. It’s embarrassing. On a mission to change that I decided to make some new pot holders. I pinned plenty of how-to’s on Pinterest years ago and have stalled long enough.
Rose and I chose some fun fabrics to use with coordinating fabric for the binding. I didn’t pay attention and I ended up using the pink binding on the green pot holder and the blue binding on the white pot holder. It doesn’t match at all but I figure the world won’t come to an end over this and at least they aren’t burned yet.
I’ll show the tutorial for using the binding because you guys might like it and have more patience than me. After I was done with these three with binding I decided that I didn’t love the look of it. Mainly because I don’t sew binding very well and since these are so small you have to fight the corners over and over. They do add a little spice of color but it’s just not worth the time in my opinion.
I ended up making this cute one for Kerry as a test without the binding. I love it much more and will do the rest of mine like this. I quilted both sides individually and then put them right sides together and sewed all around it leaving 3″ open on one side for turning it. Trim the corners, turn it and press it. Then double stitch around the edge to give it a polished look. I used a different fabric for each side.
I have never used Insul-Bright before so this was a first. Rose and I can’t say Insul-Bright without singing it like an infomercial. It’s in your head now isn’t it. I took these lovely pictures so you could read all about it. Note below it says not for use in microwaves. The mother in me wants to point that out. It has a metal something or another woven throughout it. When you pick the pot holders up and fold them they make a crinkling sound. I assume it’s from this metal woven in.
The directions suggest using another layer of batting. I used Warm & Natural because I love it. I use this for all of my quilts. It does not crinkle. It’s soft and fabulous.
I cut my fabric 9″ x 7″ just because my favorite burned pot holder is that size. You can get all sorts of crazy and pick any size that you like. For these, we picked the same fabric on the front and back but again…go wild if you choose.
Also, cut the Insul-Bright and the batting the same size. You will need one layer of each. If you are going for it and doing the binding then cut enough binding to go around your pot holder and cut the strip 2.5″ wide. If you need to sew the binding together to make it long enough to go around your pot holder then lay one 2.5″ strip right side up and then another right side down at a right angle. Draw a line from one corner to the other. Pin and sew on the line. Trim it at 1.4″ from your seam and press it open.
You will need to press the binding. Fold it in half length-wise and press. Open it back up and press each side into itself and press again. Then, fold it all over and press again.
Now you have pretty binding! I love to make binding but I don’t love sewing it onto these little pot holders!
Next, get your kid to help you quilt the pot holders! Rose quilted the designs that she wanted. She quilted one side with the Insul-Bright and then the other side with the Warm & Natural Batting. It seemed too thick to quilt it all together but I’m sure it can be done.
Place the two pieces right side out and pin the binding around it. There are a million or at least 10 different ways to sew binding. I was pressed for time so I didn’t look for my favorite tutorial in my binder of tutorials so I winged it. Don’t do that. Check out YouTube for plenty of tutorials. Once you have the binding on then you are done and probably out of energy to cook a meal to use the pot holders! Oh, that was just me? Ok.
I think Rose did a good job quilting the pot holders and it’s been nice using the ones we made together. I know you can buy these everywhere but there is just something about handmade. I swear I’m on a pursuit to make everything in my life vs. buying it. I think my kid digs that idea too! Now, if I just leave the cooking up to her and not me our pot holders will not be burned along with our dinner.
If you need a retro-apron to go along with your pot-holders then check out this tutorial. You will look so darn cute in the kitchen! Life goals!