As promised, the Potholder Construction I used to make my Denim Potholders. It’s very simple construction. It has what looks like a narrow binding….without the fuss of binding! I’ll also give you a method that requires no hand stitching (if hand stitching is not your thing)! I hope you find it as EZ as I do! Let’s get started!
EZ Potholders – Finished Size – 8×8 inches
- Main Fabric, Contrast Fabric and Batting (I used a heat-resistant batting) – 1/4 yard of each
- 7-1/2″x7 -1/2″ square (1) Front fabric
- 8-1/2″x8-1/2″ square (1) Backing Fabric
- 1″x9-1/2″ strip (4) “Binding” Fabric
- 1-1/2″x4″ strip (1) Loop Fabric
Using a 1/4″ seam, sew one of your “binding” strips to one side of your (Main fabric) front square . I prefer using the walking foot on my machine, but any multi-purpose foot will work.
Sew another strip to the opposite side of your (Main fabric) front square. Press the seam allowances toward the strips and trim the ends to square up.
Sew the other two strips to the remaining edges of your (Main fabric) front square (including the edges of your “binding” strips just sewn). Trim edges to square up.
With right sides together fold your hanging loop in half long edges (4″) together. Sew the long edges using a scant 1/4″ seam allowance. Turn loop right side out. Press flat with seam to one side. Edgestitch this side (if you want to try my no-hand sew method, edgestitch the other long edge also). Fold raw edges together to form your loop. Pin loop in the left corner (as you look it) of your front square. This will become critical if you have a one-way print! Baste in place using an 1/8″ seam allowance.
Time to layer up your potholder…..Place your batting on your work surface. Place the WRONG side of your (Contrast fabric) Backing square onto the batting. Then, place your assembled front square on top of the backing square, RIGHT sides together. Pin around leaving a 5-6″ opening in the center of one of the sides.
Place the batting side down on your sewing machine and using a 1/4″ seam allowance sew around your potholder. Make sure you leave that 5-6″ opening for turning. I only mention that because I may or may not have forgotten that on one of my potholders…. 😉
Trim the corners and turn your potholder right side out.
I use one of my DPNs to poke the corners out. It’s the only good use I’ve found for DPNs since I learned to knit Magic Loop 😉
Fold the seam allowances of your opening in and pin to hold. Now, you can either sew this edge shut by hand OR edgestitch around the edge of the entire potholder (I prefer this method).
The last step (YAY!) is to edgestitch the opposite edge of the “binding” (the edges seamed to your main fabric square).
That’s it! You’re done! Now sit back and admire your new potholder! AND. Start planning your next potholder!