I desperately needed new potholders and searched the internet to find something fun to whip up myself. I found what I was looking for in this easy sewing project using an insulated batting that really works.
I’ll walk you through the steps here and tell you where I inadvertently made a mistake but it turned out to be not so bad.
In the end, the potholders (oven mitts) turned out fantastic, are a great size and perform the way they should. Win, win!
I’ve used the word “potholder” because that’s my default, however, I guess “oven mitt” really is more accurate as you place your hand in the pockets and can pinch the pot handles to grasp.
The original pattern is found (here). The sew4home.com website is a fantastic resource for sewists! I’m hoping to bring you more ideas from there in the near future.
- 10″x10″ piece of thermal batting (I used Insul-Bright by the Warm Company)
- 10″x20″ piece of regular cotton batting
- 10″x30″ piece of 100% cotton fabric (for heart back and front pocket)
- 10″x10″ piece coordinating 100% cotton fabric (for heart front)
- 14″ 100% cotton binding (to make your own, you need about a 14″x14″ square of fabric)
- sewing supplies: sewing machine, thread, scissors, pins, water soluble pen or pencil
1)Begin by downloading the pattern from the sew4home website listed above. You may also draw a heart 9″ wide and 7″ from heart top dip to the bottom point. The two front pockets can be drawn by cutting out the same heart, marking a dot two inches up from the bottom point. From this point, gently slope up to top heart dip.
2)Cut out all pieces.
- Thermal batting: cut 1 full heart
- Regular cotton batting: cut 1 full heart and 2 pocket pieces
- Heart back and front pocket fabric: cut 1 full heart and 4 pocket pieces (I used two different fabrics for my pockets, one for the front and a different one for the back of the pocket. Feel free to use scraps for this because the back won’t show anyway.)
- Heart front fabric: cut 1 full heart
- Cut binding strips on the bias, if making your own. Cut 2 1/4″ wide.
3)Trim batting (thermal and regular) 1/4″ around all sides.
4) Here’s where I went wrong! I cut another full heart, laid it on top, drew lines and quilted. The quilter in me just sort of went into auto mode. It worked out fine and it gives you one more layer of fabric, however, let’s do this right. Set aside the batting for now. On the right side of the fabric, draw some quilting lines. I simply drew straight lines 1″ apart with a water- soluble chalky pencil, then turned it around and made lines going the opposite direction, forming little diamonds. Nothing fancy here–you may choose just straight lines going one direction. It’s up to you. Easy. Now, layer in this order: fabric (right side down), thermal batting, then cotton batting. Pin together. Flip over. Using your marked lines, quilt, pulling out pins as you go.
5)Let’s make the pockets! Line up your front pocket pieces, making sure the pieces are mirroring each other. Mark quilting lines on the front of both pocket pieces. Layer pocket back, cotton batting and pocket front. Quilt each pocket.
6)Pin binding on inside edges of pockets. Sew.
7)Pin pockets to front of main heart. Baste in place, lining up the edges.
8)Lay remaining heart on top of basted layers, pin and sew 1/4″ around the outside edge, leaving a 4″ hole (above binding area) for turning. Clip curves (important).
9)Turn right side out through the opening. Run a pointy object inside and around the edge to help smooth out edge. Pin and press the opening closed.Press entire heart. Topstitch around outside edge. Done!!
I hope you have a chance make these. I had a little too much fun finding fun scraps to put together! Enjoy!