and I need a quick project as a break from the Tediums (I, II and III). I've been pondering making some new potholders for a while and here's the pattern and process that I developed. I wanted one that would go together quickly without binding.
Front and back fabric, each 9 1/2" x 7 1/2" (the stripe and the small print)
Cotton Batting, 2 pieces each 9" x 7" (I used Warm and Natural scraps)
Insul-Bright, 1 pieces 9" x 7"
Pockets, 2 pieces each 9" x 7 1/2" (the floral print)
Cotton batting for pocket padding, 2 pieces each 7" x 4 1/4"
Layer the potholder parts: front fabric (right side down), 1 piece of cotton batting centered in the fabric, Insul-Bright, second piece of cotton batting and the back layer of the fabric (right side up). The batting layers are centered in the fabric so that there is about 1/4" of fabric extra around all sides of the batting. Pin through all layers.
Quilt through all layers. I followed the "V" of the dye pattern but you can do simple straight lines. Stitch with a long stitch size. A long stitch length is necessary when stitching through so many layers.
Prepare the pockets. Fold the pocket fabric in half and place the batting inside against the fold. Stitch a couple of rows of stitches through all layers.
Here's a side view of the quilted potholder where you can see that the batting layers do not go all the way to the edge of the fabric. This makes the potholder easier to turn.
Lay the pockets on the FRONT of the potholder with the folded edges of the pockets toward the center of the potholder. The pockets will not touch at the center of the potholder. See that little piece blue of fabric on the right? It's about 1 1/5" x 2" and is cut from the backing fabric. I folded it in half lengthwise and pinned it over the space where the pockets almost meet. See it pinned on the right side? The folded edge is toward the INSIDE of the potholder. This will encase the raw edges on the sides of the potholder. Pin through all layers.
I do not hang my potholders but you could insert a loop between these layers to add a loop.
Stitch all around the potholder about 1/4" from the edge. If you do it right you will not sew through batting. Clip the corners and turn the pockets to the back.
After the potholder is turned, top stitch about 1/4" from the edge all the way around. This is how I would use the potholder on the rare occasion that I use it.