Sunday, February 5, 2012

Owl Pot Holders

I just finished up a project that was so fun!  I don't often like sewing on the machine or projects that take a bajillion little pieces to make up but this was so satisfying and the results were great.  What do you think?

I saw a really cute baby's bib at in a craft mall that had a cute owl on it and that inspired this.  It's really very simple. . . just a bunch of circles.  I made this virtually sewing free since we all know how much I enjoy sewing!

I picked four or five different colors that worked well together.

First, decide how big you want your potholder.  They're usually around seven inches square but I am a big girl with big hands and I like a big potholder.  I decided to cut my squares to nine inches.  Decide on a front and a back and cut two of each (if you are making a pair of them).

Gather a bunch of things to make circles.  If you are making a nine inch potholder, I recommend something that is about 6 inches across, three inches across, two inches across and an inch across.  These don't need to be exact!

Cut your fabric so that you can fit the circle on the piece without overlap.  For a pair of potholders, you need two of the large circles and four each of the smaller ones.  Cut the fabric out so that it is larger than the circle. . . you won't cut it yet.

Heat N Bond is amazing stuff.  I got a large roll since I like to use it:

Cut a piece to fit the backside of each of your circle pieces of fabric.  Follow the directions and iron it on.

Trace your circles on the back. . .

. . . and carefully cut them out.  The large circle should be cut exactly in half.

Cut out two diamond shapes for the beak.  Mine ended up being more kite shaped than diamond but it works.

Instead of the Heat N Bond, I put Pellon on the back of the front and back side of the potholder.  It is an interfacing.  It won't be fused to anything so I didn't want to waste the money.  You can also do nothing with the backs. . . that works too.

Peel off the paper back of the Heat N Bond and start layering on your owl.  I iron it after each layer, fusing it on.  At this point, use a bit of Fray Check if you want.  I used the thick Heat N Bond and don't have issues with it fraying so I didn't.

Now it's time to sew!  I first pin a piece of ribbon on to the top so it can hang.  Here's how you do it so that when it's flipped right side out, it is perfect!

Make a sandwich with your pieces.  The bottom layer is a piece of Heat Proof lining.  You can get this in the same section as your interfacing at your craft store.  The middle layer is the top of your pot holder, facing up.  The third layer is the back of your pot holder, facing down.

Pin around and sew.  Don't forget to leave a gap at the bottom to flip everything back where it should be.  It will be stiff so at least a few inches is in order.

 Clip your corners and turn right side out.

Fold in and pin your open area and top sew all the way around.  You are done!
I used a different backing for two sets of them because I had the fabric, it coordinated and it looked good.  The other pair has the same fabric for the front and back.

These will go in a little gift bag for teacher Valentine's Day gifts with a coordinating towel and dishcloth.

If I Do It Again:

1.  I'd go shopping for fabric!  These were so much fun to make and I love how the fabric all coordinates.  I think there are a lot of fun possibilities and color options I haven't even thought of!

2.  If I was a better sewer, I'd do an applique stitch around all the pieces.  I'm not, though, so this is how it will be!

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