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How-Tuesday: Patchwork Style Pot Holders

Mar 31, 2009

by katiearms

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Sneak peek alert! Patchwork Style hits the shelves April 14th, but we’re happy to share one of the many beautiful projects found within its pages early. Download the complete project instructions here or follow along below, courtesy of Patchwork Style by Suzuko Koseki. 

There are two kinds of patchwork items: the kind that can take you hours of painstaking hand-piecing, and the kind that you can make quickly and easily with a sewing machine. Either one can be extremely attractive.

It feels more natural to use the same pot holders for a long time, but now I can’t bring myself to get rid of these! If you’re going to use an item every day, you might as well have fun making it.

Materials for Pot Holder A
Fabric scraps for collage (solids, prints; the patterns and colors are up to you)
Fabric for front and lining (linen): 11 7/8″ x 7 7/8″
Quilt batting: 17 3/4″ x 7 7/8″
Ribbon: 3/4″ wide x 3″ long

Materials for Pot Holder B
Fabric scraps for collage (prints, velveteen; the patterns and colors are up to you)
Fabric for front and lining (felt): 13 3/4″ x 5 5/8″
Quilt batting: 13 3/4″ x 5 1/8″
Hemp cord: 7 1/2″ long

Materials for Pot Holder C
Decorative patch (I)
Fabric for front (felt): 5 7/8″ x 5 7/8″
Quilt batting: 15 3/4″ x 5 7/8″
Cotton thread (red)

Materials for Pot Holder D
Fabric scraps for collage (prints, felt, ribbon; the patterns and colors are up to you)
Fabric for front (felt): 7 7/8″ x 5 7/8″
Fabric for back (linen): 7 7/8″ x 5 7/8″
Quilt batting: 17 3/4″ x 7 7/8″
Bias tape: 1/4″ wide x 4 3/4″ long

Instructions

1. For all pot holders, place the top fabric on three layers of quilt batting. For pot holders A, B, and C, position fabric patches and stitch them to the top and batting layers according to the diagrams. Free stitch additional lines through all three layers according to the diagrams.

For pot holder D, cut out the fabric flower pieces using the template. Place the flower on the top fabric and stitch around the outline of the flower to secure in place. For the flower center, cut a piece of felt and affix it using spiral stitches. Sew the ribbon and patches in place according to the diagram. See Figure 1.

2. For all pot holders, place the front piece on the back fabric, wrong sides together, and sew zigzag and straight stitches around the edges. Make the loops from the specified materials and sew them on as shown. See Figure 2.



For more projects, check out
Patchwork Style by Suzuko Koseki! It hits the shelves on April 14th, 2009. Special thanks to all the folks at Trumpeter, an imprint of Shambhala Publications, Inc., Boston. Head over to www.makegoodbooks.com for more titles in the Make Good: Crafts + Life series.


Check out this How-Tuesday video for more potholder ideas!

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64 comments

  • WoollyWonka

    WoollyWonka said 8 years ago

    These are so cute! Thanks!

  • dragonhouseofyuen

    dragonhouseofyuen said 8 years ago

    thank you for the super patterns - they are great!!

  • beautifulbridget

    beautifulbridget said 8 years ago

    this looks like fun!!

  • rkdsign88

    rkdsign88 said 8 years ago

    Lovely design, great arts!

  • workingforpeanuts

    workingforpeanuts said 8 years ago

    Oh do I love all of this stuff! Want!

  • atticusfinchnz

    atticusfinchnz said 8 years ago

    What a great idea, thank you; all those teeny scraps I've been collecting can now be put to good use!

  • talktothewind

    talktothewind said 8 years ago

    wow! translated in english!!

  • ScottieinaCanoe

    ScottieinaCanoe said 8 years ago

    Those potholders are too cute :)

  • kaoruwerk

    kaoruwerk said 8 years ago

    They are so cute!

  • FancifulForm

    FancifulForm said 8 years ago

    Ok.. I finally have a reason to get my sewing machine back out of the closet!

  • BargainHeadbands

    BargainHeadbands said 8 years ago

    Adorable! I will bookmark this and try it later. I have a weakness for fabrics, and I never throw anything away. This is the perfect project ;)

  • ShaneLilyRain

    ShaneLilyRain said 8 years ago

    Great article - I love this project and all of the wonderful items !! Thank you for including my vintage patchwork pieces :)

  • MyArtShoppe

    MyArtShoppe said 8 years ago

    Cool project!

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 8 years ago

    Wonderful design~ thanks for sharing it with everyone~!

  • Ryanplz

    Ryanplz said 8 years ago

    yay! another great installment! i love those illustrations too. thanks!

  • erinzam

    erinzam said 8 years ago

    These are super cute! What a great idea. :)

  • dogties

    dogties said 8 years ago

    Finally Pot Holders that look fun. Love the designs and the items rock too!

  • uncharted

    uncharted said 8 years ago

    thanks for sharing... great fabric swatches!

  • hoganfe

    hoganfe said 8 years ago

    Cute and useful!

  • TweedleBee

    TweedleBee said 8 years ago

    Pot Holders are fun to make no matter the method!

  • jodieflowers

    jodieflowers said 8 years ago

    I love potholders!!!! I love those potholders!!! :) ♥

  • lassothemoon

    lassothemoon said 8 years ago

    i did not know this was being reprinted in english. so cool.

  • metrostation

    metrostation said 8 years ago

    Lovely I will have to try this!

  • OnTheRound

    OnTheRound said 8 years ago

    o my lord those are rediculously awesome. i want to stop everything i'm doing to make that.

  • OnTheRound

    OnTheRound said 8 years ago

    ridiculiously rather.

  • LittleCritters00

    LittleCritters00 said 8 years ago

    oh, this is wonderful. I have so much scrap fabric

  • Hende

    Hende said 8 years ago

    I love just sewing sewing sewing layers and paying attention to the textures as the main design consideration.

  • greenolivetextiles

    greenolivetextiles said 8 years ago

    omigod - imagine my excitement to find one of my new fabrics is featured in this post - my first time ever being featured in anything on etsy. Yay!!!! And, great post too. Thanks!

  • PipocaHandmade

    PipocaHandmade said 8 years ago

    This is an adorable project. I'll have to make some for housewarming gifts!

  • CatherinetteRings

    CatherinetteRings said 8 years ago

    Beautiful designs , Great Idea !

  • zemphira

    zemphira said 8 years ago

    Very cute!

  • klacustomcreations

    klacustomcreations said 8 years ago

    oh man those are too cute to use!

  • Weezawear

    Weezawear said 8 years ago

    Can't wait to get this book. I loooove patchwork anything:)

  • percyhandmade

    percyhandmade said 8 years ago

    Oh i love them!! Very cute indeed!

  • TheCottageCheese

    TheCottageCheese said 8 years ago

    So cute!

  • vivilian

    vivilian said 8 years ago

    that's very awesome~

  • anjalehn

    anjalehn said 8 years ago

    I like it..

  • littlepinkpebble

    littlepinkpebble said 8 years ago

    wow~!!

  • BabbidgePatch

    BabbidgePatch said 8 years ago

    love the holders ~ I'll try it out! thank you ~

  • EpicBones

    EpicBones said 8 years ago

    this is great!!! my sister and i should do this together :)

  • BlueTerracotta

    BlueTerracotta said 8 years ago

    wonderful project! Greenolivetextiles has some lovely fabric in her shop!!

  • FiveFingerStudios

    FiveFingerStudios said 8 years ago

    Oh noes, a new craft book I have to buy!

  • TreeHuggerStudio

    TreeHuggerStudio said 8 years ago

    Super cool! I agree almost too cool to use. TreeHuggerStudio.esty.com

  • thestapeliacompany

    thestapeliacompany said 8 years ago

    I love this idea... now to get a sewing machine and some sewing skills...

  • HiJinx

    HiJinx said 8 years ago

    Delightful. Thanks for sharing.

  • lunamae

    lunamae said 8 years ago

    very cute!

  • Waterrose

    Waterrose said 8 years ago

    Love patchwork...quilts....need more of those on the front page!

  • moondancewear

    moondancewear said 8 years ago

    These are so cute!! I have lots of scrap fabric. My next project!!

  • greenpocketbooksetc
  • GardenAngels

    GardenAngels said 8 years ago

    oooooo, I love these, I make some out of old sweaters too!

  • mykonos

    mykonos said 8 years ago

    lovely threads!!

  • illoh

    illoh said 8 years ago

    Fun!!!

  • HoboBethy

    HoboBethy said 8 years ago

    I have been looking for something to do with my kiddo and I think this is purfect. She is 3 and would be great at picking out the fabrics and cutting the pieces for the collage. Thanks for posting! I can't wait to do this project with her!

  • SouthwestFlower

    SouthwestFlower said 8 years ago

    thanks these are sweet!

  • AnnieandOlive

    AnnieandOlive said 8 years ago

    These are just too cute! THanks!

  • feirahippie

    feirahippie said 8 years ago

    adorable, can't wait to try making some of my own!

  • vivilian

    vivilian said 8 years ago

    so cute very helpful.. thank you ╭╮__╭╭╭╭╭__╭╮ │           │   ╭─────╮ │           │   │vivilian@│ │ ● ╭───╮ ● │ ╭╮│.........│ │≡  │● ●│  ≡│O╰╯╰─────╯ │   ╰───╯   │  ╰──┬○────┬─○╯

  • LoveAppleBoutique

    LoveAppleBoutique said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the tutorial. Can't wait to try it out.

  • knitmosphere

    knitmosphere said 8 years ago

    Love the earthy look!

  • knitmosphere

    knitmosphere said 8 years ago

    Anything with flowers is ok with me.

  • LolasCraftShop

    LolasCraftShop said 8 years ago

    Great tutorial.

  • tinyspace

    tinyspace said 8 years ago

    great one! simple + pretty!

  • lassandaliasdeana

    lassandaliasdeana said 8 years ago

    qué precioso tutorial!! great tutorial, cute and lovely!!!! ;)

  • LondonParticulars

    LondonParticulars said 8 years ago

    Me mum loves patchwork, I am sending her a link! Hmmmm....Wonder what I'll be getting this Christmas!

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