Friday, December 11, 2015

Yes, Potholders

Rhonda of Rhonda's Creative Life is one of my favorite bloggers. She is creative, positive, and generous, as I'm sure you know if you too follow her.

In a recent post, she highlighted a number of gifts to make including these fun potholders:

Mary of Miss Mary's Sewing Classes gets credit for the sweet design that she calls Easter potholders, for obvious reasons.

I altered Mary's original design by finishing the edges with bias binding. The original pattern involves sewing right-sides-together and turning through a narrow opening between the pockets. I did try that with my first one but found that the turning process stressed the opening too much. It is fairly stiff due to the use of Insul Bright batting. And there are six layers. I could not make it work.

I am one of those people who really enjoys hand-finishing a bias binding, so that made the process even more fun for me.

I made two pairs to take as hostess gifts to a party a few days ago. I enjoyed making those four so much that I decided to make them as party favors for my sewing group party last night at my house:

I did run out of time with the party favors though and could not hand-finish them. I thought about trying to machine finish, but really did not even have that much time. My sewing buddies were gracious about receiving a UFO as a party favor.

Many thanks to Rhonda and Mary!


  1. Those are really cute Martha. Hand stitching the binding takes more time but the results are worth it.

  2. They are so adorable!!!! I really like the bias binding. So glad you enjoyed putting them together :)

  3. Pretty darn cute and so useful! I need to make myself a few sets.

  4. These are cute. I just viewed a video on a square one like this. Right now I'm working on a few square traditional ones.