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Denim Pocket Potholder

Free project instructions to create a denim pocket potholder.

Free project instructions to create a denim pocket potholder.


Get stitchin' for the kitchen with an adorable potholder made from an old pair of jeans! Batting and insulated lining protect your hand from the heat. Plus, a creative pocket and tasty embroidery add spice to kitchen decor.
 


Project Needs & Notes

-
Pair of jeans
- 12" x 12" cotton batting (Warm and Natural)
- 12" x 12" piece of Insul-bright insulated lining
- 12" x 12" piece of ironing board fabric (found in the utility fabrics section of a fabric store)
- Medium-weight (2.5 ounce) cutaway stabilizer
- Temporary spray adhesive (Gunold's KK100)
- Air-erase pen or dressmaker's pencil for marking
- Extra-wide double-fold bias tape
- Seam ripper
- Compass or round object for tracing circle

The design used in this tutorial is F6689, Give Thanks Cupcakes - Pumpkin.


Finished Size:
9 3/4" in diameter

This project was featured in the following:
All About Denim Lookbook


Free project instructions to create a denim pocket potholder.

Use a seam ripper to remove one of the back pockets from the jeans.

Free project instructions to create a denim pocket potholder.

A template is a printout of a design, and it's an excellent tool to plan where to stitch.

Print a template of the design from your embroidery software.

If you do not have embroidery software, Wilcom's TrueSizer is
a free program to use.

Place the printed template on the front of the pocket, centered.

Mark the center point on the denim, as well as the vertical and horizontal axis lines. These lines help to hoop the fabric straight.

Free project instructions to create a denim pocket potholder.

Cut a piece of cutaway stabilizer a bit larger than your hoop.

Spray the stabilizer with temporary adhesive. Smooth the pocket on top of the stabilizer. Draw to extend the axis lines on the stabilizer.

Hoop the stabilizer, and as much of the pocket as you can, lining up the marks on the fabric with the marks on the hoop.

You may find that not all of the pocket can be hooped. The temporary spray adhesive will help hold the pocket in place while embroidering.

Free project instructions to create a denim pocket potholder.

Attach the hoop to the machine and load the design. 

Move the hoop so that the needle is directly over the center point on the fabric. 

Embroider the design. A 75/11 or size 11 sharp sewing needle is a good choice when embroidering on denim.

After embroidering, trim the excess stabilizer away from the back.

Free project instructions to create a denim pocket potholder.

Cut a 12" length of one of the pant legs. Cut it open along the outer rolled seam.

Place the fabric flat, right side facing up. Place the embroidered pocket on top.

Use a compass, or something round (like a paper plate) to draw a circle on the fabric. The circle should be larger than the embroidered pocket.

Free project instructions to create a denim pocket potholder.

Cut out the circle.

Center the pocket on top of the fabric, and align the bottom of the pocket with the center seam on the fabric.

Pin the pocket in place, and sew along the paths of the original pocket seams.

Free project instructions to create a denim pocket potholder.

Using the completed front pocket piece for shape and size, cut circles of the ironing board fabric, Insul-bright, and cotton batting.

Lay the ironing board fabric down first, right side facing down. Then, align the Insul-bright on top. Next, align the cotton batting on top of the Insul-bright.

Finally, align the pocket piece on top with the right side facing up.

Pin all the layers together.

Zigzag stitch around the entire outer edges of the fabric to tack the layers in place.

Free project instructions to create a denim pocket potholder.

To add the bias tape border, lay the potholder flat with the back side (ironing board fabric side) facing up.

Starting at the bottom, unfold the bias tape. Align the edge of the tape with the outer edge of the potholder, and pin in place all the way around the shape.

Overlap the ends about one inch and trim the tape.

Sew a seam along the outer-most fold in the tape (the fold closest to the outer edge of the potholder).

Free project instructions to create a denim pocket potholder.

Wrap the tape up around the edges of the potholder and press with an iron.

Sew a 1/8" seam along the inner edge of the tape all the way around the shape.

Free project instructions to create a denim pocket potholder.

To prepare the loop, use a seam ripper remove two of the belt loops from the jeans.

Lay the loops flat. Align them together and tack the ends together with a few stitches.

Pin the loop in place at the top center of the potholder at the backside with the bottom end of the loop extending about 1/2" onto the back.

Then, tack the loop in place by sewing across the end of the loop.

Free project instructions to create a denim pocket potholder.

Hang this potholder in the kitchen for a delicious (and handy!) cooking accessory. Different designs customize it for various seasons, special holidays, or kitchen decor.

Denim Pocket Potholder



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Products used in this Project:

Give Thanks Cupcakes - Pumpkin $4.99

Available in 1 Size:

3.90" x 3.68"

A Thankful for Cupcakes Design Pack $7.97

Available in 1 Size:

3.90" x 3.89"

A Delectable Desserts Design Pack $15.97

Available in 1 Size:

3.54" x 3.54"

A Sweet Treats Design Pack $30.97

Available in 1 Size:

3.27" x 3.31"

A Kitchen Herbs Design Pack $30.97

Available in 2 Sizes:

4.89" x 6.89" | 3.94" x 3.94"

A Made to Order Design Pack $10.97

Available in 2 Sizes:

4.87" x 6.87" | 3.87" x 3.87"

A Retro Kitchen Design Pack $12.97 - $14.97

Available in 2 Sizes:

4.85" x 6.81" | 3.87" x 3.87"