Thursday, February 21, 2008
How To Make a Heart Shaped 'Mitt' Potholder
I love to use every bit of my leftover scraps and put them to good use. I also love 'potholder therapy' where sewing easy things in my spare time allows me to feel a sense of accomplishment in an otherwise crowded or busy day.
My site, because of its name, receives countless 'hits' on anything that involves hearts and heart shapes, so it seemed appropriate to offer a simple photo tutorial on making a heart hot mitt...the kind where your hand can fit inside and can safely grasp hot cookies sheets, cassaroles etc.
Hot Pad 'Mitt' Photo Tutorial:
Step 1: As a stash buster or scrap user project, use fabric scraps and a homemade heart shaped pattern. I cut mine from a piece of copy paper...folding it in half lengthwise and cutting the half heart shape as you would a paper valentine. This one measures about 8 1/2" x 10" as you can see by enlarging the above photo.
Step 2: Using this pattern, cut out two whole heart pieces and two complete sets of center split heart pieces from fabrics of choice...remember that you will 'see' the inside lining of the back piece as well as the front split heart piece.
Step 3: Cut batting pieces for both the full heart piece and the two split heart pieces. I like to baste them together for stability at this point by stitching or zigzagging around all edges.
Step 4: Using double wide bias tape, add it to the inner split edge as in photo, top stitching a finishing seam after turning it to the inside.
Step 5: Using the double wide bias tape, also add it to the outer edges of your heart shaped hot pad using the same technique. And you have an easy and fun heart shaped mitt potholder!