Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Charm square pot holder tutorial


I found these cookbooks for my daughter and DILs for Mother's Day gifts.  They seemed to ask for a quilty kind of project as well.  I had a stack of five inch squares of Lori Holt's Polka Dot Stitches packaged by Riley Blake and several fabrics from her other lines that I have picked up on sale, so I decided to make a quilted pot holder to go with the cookbook.


The first step was to pick four coordinating squares and sew two pairs together checking for darks and lights.


Each two sewn together squares is then cut crosswise into 2 1/2 inch strips.


Alternate the two strips


and sew together lengthwise.


Now cut 2 1/2  inches pieces off each side leaving a 4 1/2 inch four square block.


You will now have four 2 1/2 by 4 1/2 inch pieces and two 4 1/2 inch squares.


Now sew together two 2 1/2 inch inch pieces to form another 4 1/2 in square.


Arrange the four squares in a pleasing manner.


Sew together to make one side of the square pot holder.


In no time at all, you will have sewed together several.  My stack of charms had 28 pieces so I eventually made seven pot holders.


Now cut 10 inch squares of Insul-Bright, one for each pot holder.


Also cut ten inch squares of left-over batting.


Also cut coordinating binding.  You will need one WOF strip 2 1/2 inches wide.  I had some of Lori's Sew Cherry line which has strips of different colors and patterns.  I decided to use polka dots for the bindings.


Also cut ten inch squares of backing fabric.  All these pieces will be bigger than your quilt block but it will make it easier to machine quilt and then trim to size.


Now make a sandwich of backing, Insul-Bright, batting, and then pieced top.


Machine quilt on the diagonal.


Cut off excess and square up corners.


It will look like this and be about 8 1/4 inches square.


Iron your binding strip folding it in half.


Sew binding with 1/4 inch seam around three corners and leaving about two inches at end.


Trim binding even with edge on last corner.


Hand stitch binding down by hand.


Decide how big you want your loop to be and trim binding.


Sew loop piece by machine leaving two inch space on pot holder unsewn.


Now tuck in end of loop and attach remaining binding by hand.


Viola!


Cute quilty pot holders with fun backs and bindings.



I rolled them up


and tied them with a ribbon to the cookbooks.

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