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Independence Day Potholders

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Learn how to make quilted potholders with this easy star quilt pattern. In red, white, and blue fabrics, you can sew Independence Day Potholders to add an extra patriotic touch to your kitchen. Use insulating batting to make these oven mitts safe!

Independence Day Potholders
Indepedence Day Potholders
This image courtesy of artthreads.blogspot.com

Project Type: Make a Project

Primary Technique: Pieced

Difficulty Level: Easy

Materials:

  • Fabric A  (background fabric)
  • Fabric B (star fabric)
  • Backing fabric
  • 1 yard bias tape for each potholder
  • Fusible felt
  • Insul-Brite or other insulating material (optional)

Instructions:

  1. For each potholder cut:
    four 1-1/2 x 2-5/8 inch rectangles from Fabric A
    eight 1-1/2 x 1-1/2 inch squares from Fabric B
    four 1-1/2 x 1-1/2 inch squares from Fabric A
    one 2-5/8 x 2-5/8 inch square from Fabric A
    two 1-1/2 x 4-7/8 inch rectangles from Fabric B
    two 1-1/2 x 7 inch rectangles from Fabric B
    two 1-1/2 x 7 inch rectangles from Fabric A
    two 1-1/2 x 9 3/8 inch rectangles from Fabric A

    Independence Day Potholders
     
  2. Right sides together, place one Fabric B square on one Fabric A small rectangle, matching corners on one end. Beginning at the point where my finger is, sew from one corner of the square diagonally to the other. You can crease the fabric with your fingernails or draw a line to help you. Trim and press open.

    Independence Day Potholder

    Independence Day Potholder

    Independence Day Potholder
     
  3. With right sides together, place another Fabric B square at the other end of the Fabric A rectangle. Beginning at the inside corner again, sew from one corner of the square diagonally to the other. Trim and press open. You've now made one flying geese rectangle! Make three more.

    Independence Day Potholder

    Independence Day Potholder

    Independence Day Potholder
     
  4. Attach two of your flying geese rectangles to opposite sides of the Fabric A large square. Pin right sides together, matching corners. Sew in a 1/4 inch seam (use the same seam width throughout) along the long end of the flying geese rectangle, sewing just over the top of the point (where the seam ripper is pointing). Press open.

    Independence Day Potholder

    Independence Day Potholder

    Independence Day Potholder
     
  5. Sew a small Fabric A square to each end of the other two flying geese rectangles. Press open.

    Independence Day Potholder

    Independence Day Potholders

    Independence Day Potholders
     
  6. Attach the last two flying geese rectangles to the two open sides of the large Fabric A square, making sure you match the seams. Press open.

    Independence Day Potholders
     
  7. Your block should now look like this!

    Independence Day Potholder
     
  8. Sew a shorter Fabric B rectangle onto two opposite sides of the block.  Press open.

    Independence Day Potholder

    Independence Day Potholder
     
  9. Sew the longer rectangles onto the two open sides of the block and press open.

    Independence Day Potholders

    Independence Day Potholders
     
  10. Sew the shorter of the Fabric A rectangles left to opposite sides of your block. Press open. Sew the longer rectangles on the two open sides and press open.

    Independence Day Potholders
     
  11. Cut a piece of backing fabric, a piece of fusible felt, and an optional piece of Insul-Brite the size of your block. Fuse the felt to the back of your block, layer the Insul-Brite under this, and the backing on the bottom. Pin in place.

    Independence Day Potholder
     
  12. To quilt, I used what's called "stitch in the ditch." The idea here is to sew exactly in the "ditch" of each seam - put your machine on very slow and it's not too hard to get the hang of. An alternate quilting method would be to sew just outside each seam in an outline quilting stitch.

    Independence Day Potholder
     
  13. When finished quilting, fold the potholder in quarters and cut a rounded corner.

    Independence Day Potholder

    Independence Day Potholder

    Independence Day Potholder
     
  14. Apply bias tape and you have a potholder! Here's a view of the back.

    Independence Day Potholder

    Independence Day Potholders

 

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