Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Scrap Potholders

scrap pot holders

I have been having fun making these potholders from left over scraps. I keep the little scraps of fabric from my quilts. These are the scraps that are smaller than 2 1/2 inches in at least one dimension. I store them sorted by color.

To piece the pot holders I start in the center of a 8 or 9 inch square of batting. I put one small scrap of fabric right side up in the middle of the batting square.  Then I put another small scrap on top of the first with one edge of each scrap lined up, right sides together.

I sew along the lined up edges of the scraps with a quarter inch seam. Then, I finger press along the seam so right sides are up. The next step is to place another scrap along one of the exposed edges of the scraps on the batting. Keep repeating around and around the exposed edges using larger and longer scraps until the whole square of batting is covered.

The first three pictures in this post were quilted on my long arm machine. I pieced several pot holder tops. Then I put a piece of backing fabric on my long arm machine, placed the pot holder tops on the backing and quilted the bunch of them. 

 An alternative quilting method is shown in the last three pictures. You can quilt them on a domestic machine. After piecing them, put a square of backing fabric on the back of the piecing. Pin them together and stitch them in the ditch.
Then bind them as usual except, leave a 3 inch piece of binding fabric at the end for a hanger. Here is a tutorial for binding a potholder here. Have a lot of fun using up your scraps!

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