Pretty Little Potholder TUTORIAL

Need a quick hostess gift? Or stocking stuffer? You’ll love this! We are making a potholder!!

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1. Fabric: You’ll need a 4″ square for the center (fussy cutting recommended!), a 7″ solid square for the first frame, a 9″ print for the second frame, an 8 1/2″ square for the backing and a 2 1/2″ x width of fabric strip for the binding.

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You will also need batting. I used this.

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2. Cutting the Frames: Cut the 7″ and 9″ squares into fourths diagonally. Align the square with the 45° line on your cutting board and cut from corner to corner.

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It should look like this.

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3. Sewing the First Frame: Fold your center square in half to find the center. Finger press.

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Fold a solid triangle in half to find the center. Finger press.

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Align the folded marks.

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Sew along the edge with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Repeat for the opposite side.

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Press away from the center. Marry the seams first:) You *can* trim the excess off the sides; I don’t bother because we are going to square up.

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Repeat this process for the two remaining sides.

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4. Squaring the First Frame: You will need a well marked ruler. The edges are not square/straight. We will use the center square as the basis for squaring up.

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Align the ruler 1/4″ beyond the right intersection.

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Make sure that the same line is going through both the top intersection…

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And the bottom intersection. Cut.

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Now use the side you just cut as the straight line to trim the other three sides. Always cut 1/4″ from the intersection if the center square and first frame.

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5. Sewing the Second Frame: You will sew the second frame in the same manner as the first. HOWEVER, you will trim 1/2″ from the intersection. You want to sew with the center square/first frame on top. If you sew directly through the intersection, your point will be perfect.

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It should look like this.

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Trim 1/2″ from the intersection.

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It will look like this.

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6. Quilting: Make a sandwich with your backing, the batting and your pieced front.

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I quilted with three simple lines around the center square, but the pattern is up to you!

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Trim off any excess. Use your pieced front as the guide. It should look like this.

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7. Binding: Press your binding in half lengthwise. Cut off a 6″ piece.

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Fold in the raw edge to the pressed line.

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Repeat for the other raw edge and press.

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Top stitch along the edge to close the piece.

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Fold the piece as shown.

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Place it in the corner of the back. If your center square is directional, make sure it is right side up. Sew a short seam in the corner to hold it in place.

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Bind. I sewed mine on the machine (even though machine binding offends me:) because this is a utilitarian project for me. But I made a bunch as gifts and I sewed that binding by hand. It’s up to you!

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Let me know if you have any questions and as always, upload your completed amazingness to the Made with May Chappell Flickr group.
xo LC

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