I didn't follow a pattern to make these potholders so I'll write directions here for a potholder with simple quilting lines:
- Two 8" squares of 'fashion' fabric *
- One 8" square of Insul-Bright Mylar/Poly Batting (this is a very special type of batting, it is actually used in fireman's gloves. I bought it from fabric.com. It can really stand up to hot pans and pots and even those occasions when you touch the hot oven coil. I've done that often! Don't have it? You can just use another layer of cotton batting cut to 8 1/2" square)
- One 8 1/2" square of cotton quilt batting (I used Warm and Natural)
- 45" of double fold bias tape (I made my own using leftover fashion fabric, but by all means you can buy ready-made from the store)
1. Layer the fabric and batting in this order: fashion fabric wrong side up, Insul-Bright batting, cotton batting, and then finally, the fashion fabric right side up.
2. Pin all four corners, making sure that the edges are even. Baste 1/2" away from the edges on all sides.
3. Take tailor chalk and make a straight line 2" away from one side. Make another line 4" away from first line. Rotate potholder 90 degrees and make two more lines, first being 2" away from one side, then the second 4" away from first line. You now have guide lines for quilting.
4. Attach the walking foot to the sewing machine. Stitch across lines drawn.
5. After quilting, attach double fold bias tape. Remove basting. Make a small tube of fabric and sew to one corner of potholder to be used as a hanger.This is how I made the fabric loop to hang the potholder:
I cut out a strip of fabric 1 1/2" in width. I folded it half lengthwise and pressed it with the iron. I made a 1/4" seam along the long side of the strip and I sewed one end close. I cut away the seam allowances at the two corners on one end of the tube. To turn to tube right side out, I used a fabric tube turner that is similar to the one seen here
. I then cut it down to size and sewed it to the potholder's corner.
* Or in other words, the outer, public fabric. I like to use the term "fashion fabric" because I've heard Nancy Zieman, from Sewing with Nancy, use this term often.