Friday, December 24, 2010

Last Minute Easy DIY Christmas Gift

DIY: The Easy-as-Pie Pot Holder

Materials List:
Half a Yard Cotton Batting
Half a Yard Insul-Bright
(2) 8" by 8" squares of cotton fabric
(1) 3" by 6" square of contrasting fabric (for handle)
Total Time: 15 minutes

1. Cut out the Insul-Bright into an 8" by 8" square. Available at any fabric store, this runs around $3 a yard. It has two sides- one has a metallic covering, and the other is a soft cotton. The metallic side will be facing the hot dish.

2) Cut out the batting.

3) Fold the 3" by 6" contrast fabric into thirds, so that both seams are tucked in.

4) Assembly: Put the right sides of the designer fabric together and then the batting/Insul-Bright on each WRONG side of fabric.
Your pot holder sandwich:
Insul-Bright with metallic side on wrong side of designer fabric
designer fabric
designer fabric
cotton batting

5) Pin all fabrics together, and insert the contrast handle between the two pieces of designer fabric.

6) Make sure to sew through all layers, and leave a 4 inch split in the seam for turning.

7) Trim seams and clip corners
8) Turn right side out
9) Top stitch the outer seam, closing the 4 inch gap that was left open for turning.

Voila! An easy and quick potholder that will look great in your kitchen.
**Disclaimer: I generally use these for taking the quick and easy items out of the oven, or placing hot items on the table. I am not sure how well it would hold up to extreme heat over time.

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