Thursday, May 12, 2011

More details on How to Make Potholders

We are making potholders fit for a Princess. I wasn't invited to the wedding which is Mrs. Wales loss, no potholders sent from GriggsDakota.
 We heard in the news that Mrs. Wales is a cook and what could be better for a cook that some sturdy potholders. Of course she would never want to put her hand into an over mitt for fear her sapphire ring would catch on the inside. I do think that she may appreciate an envelope of extra protection on her potholder. Today you will see how to incorporate that bit into a potholder.
Yesterday we made potholders out of a fat quarter of fabric. I did tell you how to make a pattern and expressed my personal preference for an 11 inch square pattern. This size provides good hand coverage without becoming unwieldy. It finishes as a ten inch square. The fabric pieces need to coordinate, but need not match.
Today I am going to add an envelope to my potholder. This provides a place to slide your hand into for greater protection against burns. It's just what you need if you wear rings when you cook or bake.
Fold your fabric in half and pin your pattern 1 and 1/2 inches from the edge of the fold. Cut on three sides, but leave your fold in tact. 
 Stitch 1/4 inch from the folded edge. Position your folded piece between the right sides of the fabric, matching the edges on three sides, before you pin the edges together. Review construction methods from yesterday's post.
 When you turn the potholder right side out, the pocket can turn to either side of the holder before you do the finish topstitching which will close the inside of the potholder. You can slip your hand into the envelope for a bit of extra protection when reaching for something hot.
If you added a hanging loop, your potholder will look like this. It may be fit for a queen. I wonder if the queen cooks...It could be used as a table pad under her teapot...

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