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I need potholders, it would be so easy to pick some up at the store. Only no they don’t seem to have the potholders I want. I don’t want to buy a set with the potholder glove. I rarely ever use them. I don’t want the potholders that have a pocket you put your hand in either. They don’t seem flexible enough to get a hold of the lid of a pot for me. I just want the old-fashioned kind.

That was what I was thinking before our company from Arizona came, I know we will be doing a lot of cooking, big family meals everyday. I am not crazy about cooking everyday, however when the family gathers at the table I am happy. I know that some of the food on the table will be from fruit or vegetables grown by us. In a home we built, with family we love. It absolutely can’t get any better then that!!

I gathered what potholders I could find , embarrassed because they were ratty looking and promised myself I would make some as soon as I had some time.

So I will share with you how I made my potholders and some tea towels to go with them. I had found some absorbent white fabric on sale, my daughters and I were going to make tea towels. Of course like a lot of projects I hadn’t finished all of the tea towels. I did manage at one time to get the white fabric cut out and hemmed. Then they went into the closet waiting for inspiration.

I had some of my fabric designs “Here Birdie, Birdie” printed at Spoonflower.com, I decided to use that fabric for the potholders and decorate the tea towels with. I had pieces of leftover cotton batting.

First I cut 2 pieces of fabric 10in X 21in. I cut 2 layers of batting slightly larger. Put one layer of fabric face down, 2 layers of batting on top and the last layer of fabric face up. I pinned the layers together and then quilted the fabric by stitching diagonal lines through all layers. I then cut two 9 in. squares out of the quilted layers. I cut bias tape from a coordinating fabric. Since I rounded the edges of the potholders I cut my bias tape on the fabric bias. I also used a glass and a pencil to trace a rounded edge on the corners of the potholders, trimming the fabric to the rounded line.

fabric & cotton batting layers

[caption id="attachment_704" align="alignnone" width="300"]Sewing diagonal lines for quilting Sewing diagonal lines for quilting

cut 2 potholders 9"x9"

cut 2 potholders 9″x9″

Rounded edges

Rounded edges

cutting bias strips for edging potholders

cutting bias strips for edging potholders

Sewing Bias strips onto potholder

Sewing Bias strips onto potholder

Bias pinned and sewing close to edge

[caption id="attachment_713" align="alignnone" width="300"]tea towel tea towel [/caption[caption id="attachment_716" align="alignnone" width="260"]Sewing a strip of fabric to the tea towel Sewing a strip of fabric to the tea towel


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