Monday, May 5

Draw Me a Potholder - Tutorial

Inspired by the potholders my mom made out of my artwork as a child I decided to give it a try with my own kids' work. This project is perfect for gifts! It is also a fun, simple project to do with your child's class. Would be perfect for Mother's Day. Better get cracking -

Fabric Markers
Insul-Bright: Needeled Insulated Lining
Fabric ( I used a white twill for the front and a light-weight canvas for the back)
4-5 inches of ricrac or bias tape
Freezer Paper
8.5 inch Square Ruler (not necessary, but helpful. Comparable sizes would be fine too)
Sewing Supplies

Step 1:
Pre-wash fabric.

Step 2:
Cut out a 8.5 inch square from your front fabric, back fabric and Insul-Bright. Cut a 10 inch square (doesn't have to be perfect) out of freezer paper.

Step 3:
Place your 10 inch square of freezer paper shiny side UP on your ironing board. Place your 8.5 inch square of front fabric (the fabric the child will be drawing on) on top of the freezer paper. Cover with a piece of paper and iron over the stack. Iron can be set on cotton. Iron until fabric adheres to the freezer paper. The freezer paper gives the fabric enough stability for your child to easily draw on it.

Step 4:
Have your child create her masterpiece on the front fabric. Remember to add their name and the year or have them do it. When the drawing is finished, remove the freezer paper.

Step 5:
Set the fabric pens with heat. Follow the directions on the box.

Step 6:
Lay the front fabric picture side up. Place the backing fabric on top of it, right sides together. Place Insul-Bright on top of backing fabric.

Step 7:
In the top right hand corner place the ricrac between the front and back fabric. The loop should be facing DOWN, with the ends at the corner's edges. Pin corners.

Step 8:
Sew all 3 layers together using a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Start in the middle of a side and end 4-5 inches BEFORE where you started. This will leave a small opening for turning your potholder right side out.

Step 9:
Cut the corners off of your potholder.

Step 10:
Turn your potholder right side out. Make sure you are turning with the front and back fabrics, leaving the Insul-Bright in the middle. Use a pencil to gently push out the corners.

Step 11:
Sew a top stitch 1/2 to 3/4 inches away from your finished edge. This step is optional, but I think it makes the pot holders look more finished.

Step 12:
Using a whip stitch or hem stitch, sew up the opening in the potholder.

Step 13:
Iron away wrinkles


Check back tomorrow for variations, shortcuts and clarifications. Please comment on anything that is confusing (or helpful) and I'll try and clarify.


Lisa said...

SOOOO cute! I hope you will be submitting this to the Crafty Crow! GREAT tutorial.

Woven Chains said...

Very nice. I might have to get my sewing maching out. AACK!


Anandi said...

OMG, this is so cool! It's easy enough for a super-beginning sewing student like me to try out. I'll let you know how it goes - I've got 3 placemats to finish first :)

Anonymous said...

Adorable. Can you get this brand of markers in the craft stores?

katy said...

Yes, fabric markers are readily available at most craft stores. I found some at Ben Franklin and Jo-Ann's.

Anonymous said...

perfect and wonderful! Thank you for sharing.

Leah said...

This is a great project. I love how it looks. We'll be working on this in the near future, for sure!

Panjo Kids said...

Ooh, I can't wait to try this! Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

I love this! What a great idea!

Anonymous said...

People should read this.

Vintage Sandy said...

What a great idea I will have to do this with my 2 young grandsons for their mommy (my daughter) always looking for fun projects thanks so much for this one!

Anonymous said...

This is so incrediable. I have often wanted to do crafts like this, but did not know how to do it. This is so creative using the freezer paper. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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