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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

No Binding Pot Holder


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This was pretty simple. It took  about an hour. I took a paper plate shaved down a bit on the sides. I have seen the oval pot holders in Target. I wanted something along those lines.
I did get material from target. It was a dish towel. The orange is just cotton.
You will need:
1/4 yard of decorative fabric and complimentary fabric. Cut two pieces for the front and back of the oval and 2 pieces for the front and back of pocket. 1 piece of heat resistant batting each piece. 3” by 1/4” piece of binding.

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I just cut out the outer circular piece using paper plate as template.  Tip: salad plate may work. 
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Once the outer circle was cut, I took a piece of paper and cut off about a 1/4” for the outer pocket. I used pins around the outer edge to make sure that my hand would fit and feel comfortable.
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This is just showing me cutting both of the back coordinating fabric.
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This is the 3rd part, cutting the heat resistant batting.
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Now the layers go like this, heat resistant batting,back and front with right sides together.
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You will sew a quarter inch seam around the outside leaving a gap for turning. the picture also shows that along the curve edge I have cut in slits to make fabric curve easier.
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On the pocket, there will be two points on each side. Cut those corners off. This will make for less bulk once it is turned.
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Here is the gap we left for turning.
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I hand sewed the open gap. You can also sew it down right on that edge.
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I decided on a simple quilting pattern. Just a few spirals. I used the foot as my guide.
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This is piece that was cut for loop.
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Fold in in half. The angle piece at the bottom will be towards the outer edge of circle.
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Pin this down.
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Sew the two pieces together where the  loop is meeting the edge of the circle.That way I could back stitch and give it more security.
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This the back, and it turned out really well.
There are always things that you can use as a template. Paper, newspaper, or a plate about the right size. The shape can be as complex as a heart,apple, or cupcake. Just be creative. You can always start with something simple and work your way to something bigger. You could just jump in as well. I did get a new camera and will be working on lighting. It seems that the dining area doesn’t have enough natural light. There aren’t any windows. I also wanted to suggest that if you are cutting on your kitchen table, like me, you may want to get bed lifters for it. My husband does wood working. So, I will get him to cut 4 blocks for me. Thanks for visiting. I hope you enjoyed.

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