happy little potholder

Wow! I would have never thought a potholder would kick my butt! When I started this thing last night I had no idea that I would still be working on it this afternoon. I thought I'd stroll into my sewing room last night around 9 pm {had to watch Glee! first, of course} and that I'd have a few potholders made in a couple of hours. Ha! Not so much. Now I am finally finished and have learned a thing or two. Like sewing binding on curved corners: never again. Or that I should pencil in at least 2 hours just for picking out fabrics. Anywho, the little potholder down there is my very last minute entry {open til midnight tonight, people. hurry!} to Prudent Baby's Sewing Machine Double Down. Doubt I'll win but I sure would like a sewing machine with a knee lift and built in thread cutter!! Fingers crossed :) If you need a few ideas or tutorials to make your own potholders, make sure to stop by Prudent Baby!





Details:

I used scraps from my stash for the patchwork on the front and pocket lining, used unbleached cotton for the back of the potholder, and made the binding and hanging loop from one of my favorite striped fabrics {thrift store find}. I chose colors based on my current favorites {yellow and grey} and also whatever I thought was fun and bright.The back/pocket of my potholder was inspired by this tutorial by Oh, Fransson!. Design-wise, there wasn't much planning. I kind of just figured things out as I went along and changed a few things here and there. I like my happy little potholder and I'm sure I'll have it broken in and covered in food in no time!

18 comments

  1. Adorable!!! Love all of those fabrics together!!! Awesome job!

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  2. Oh my gosh, I totally love this! You did wonderful on the corners! I like the back open pocket too.
    I like function.

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  3. Very cute! And I love your comment about 2 hours to pick out the fabrics. I can spend DAYS doing that! I forced myself to just grab the first 6 fabrics I touched for a project once and about had a panic attack, LOL! Love that pattern - I've used it myself! I'm sure you'll have your potholder nicely broken in quite soon :-)

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  4. Such a fun project! You added some wonderful detail. Love the pocket.

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  5. Nice! Very fun. I made one for that contest too but it was too blah and then I got too lazy to make another. I hope you win! That would be cool. You did a great job too. Great combo.

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  6. happy little potholder.
    love the binding on the potholder. I also love the way you quilted the potholder.

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  7. This is lovely. I so wanted to enter Prudent Baby's contest, but I just don't have time to make a pot holder! how sad is that! Good Luck!

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  8. Wow,V! Even before reading the posf I thought to myself, "man, that looks like a lot of work!"
    Glee? Really? I never of guessed.
    And honestly, never use my knee presser foot thing. Don't even know where I put it. Probably in M's toy box, ha!
    Hope you win:)

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  9. wow-it looks really good-great binding work :)

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  10. Fun, stylish, and incredibly well made! I entered the contest too, but I can't figure out the whole bias tape deal, so mine are pretty wonky. Yours is LOVELY.

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  11. Absolutely lovely! I am impressed with your binding, it's beautiful!

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  12. it's so cute! you're talented

    http://bottleblack.blogspot.com

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  13. Congrats on the win! I was so happy to see someone from Anniston win -- I live there too!

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  14. These came out so cute! Love your fabric, love the patchwork, LOVE the binding!

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  15. Congrats on the win!!! Gorgeous!

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  16. I had to come by and say congrats on the win...you lucky girl :)

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  17. Oh my goodness, SO STINKING CUTE. Absolutely love this. Looks so professional--can only hope that one day my lines are that neat and elegant.

    and oh man, i love when completely underestimate how long a project will take...

    :) beautiful

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