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Heart-Shaped Potholder

Free project instructions to create a heart-shaped potholder.

Free project instructions to create a heart-shaped potholder.


Add a little love to your cooking, and your kitchen decor, with this heart-shaped potholder. Insulated lining protects your hand from hot dishes, and a handy loop keeps in close to hand while cooking.
 


Project Needs & Notes:

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1/3 yard quilted cotton fabric
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1/3 yard good-quality quilter's cotton (such as Kona cotton)
- 1/3 yard Insul-bright insulated lining
- 12" x  24" piece of cotton batting (like Warm & Natural brand)
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Medium weight (2.5 ounce) cutaway stabilizer
- Temporary spray adhesive (like Gunold's KK100)
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Air-erase pen for marking
- Scotch tape
- Needle and thread for some hand sewing

The designs used in this tutorial include:
- F7220, Delft Blue Country Kitchen Corner - Rooster
- F7218, Delft Blue Country Kitchen Corner - Hen

Finished Size: 11 1/2" x 10"

This project was featured in the following:
Christmas Gift Guide Lookbook



Begin by printing the PDF of the potholder pattern here. Cut out the pieces. Tape the two half pieces of the back together, according to the instructions printed on the patterns. Leave the pocket pieces separate.
 


Free project instructions to create a heart-shaped potholder.

Place the pocket pieces on top
of the quilted cotton fabric.

Pin in place. Trace the shape, leaving a couple of inches of excess fabric around the shape.

Free project instructions to create a heart-shaped 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 template inside the shape, leaving at least 1" of space between the outer edges of the design and the edges of the shape.

Use an air-erase pen to mark the center point of the design on the fabric, as well as the vertical and horizontal axis lines.


Spray a piece of medium-weight cutaway stabilizer with temporary adhesive and smooth the fabric on top.

Hoop the fabric and stabilizer together, lining up the marks on the fabric with the marks on the hoop.

Attach the hoop to the machine and move the hoop so that the needle is directly over the center point on the hoop. Embroider the design.
 


Free project instructions to create a heart-shaped potholder.

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

Repeat the above steps for both the left and right pocket pieces.

Free project instructions to create a heart-shaped potholder.

Place the embroidered pocket pieces over the quilter's cotton, right sides together.

Pin in place, and cut out the shapes. 

Sew a 1/2" seam along the straight side edge only.

Turn the fabric over to the right side, align the raw edges together, and press the seam with an iron.

Free project instructions to create a heart-shaped potholder.

Lay the pocket pieces on top of the batting.

Pin in place, and cut out the shape.

P
in the pocket pieces on top of the Insul-bright lining, shiny side facing up.

Pin in place, and cut out the pieces.

L
ayer the batting and Insul-bright together, with the batting under the Insul-bright and the shiny side of the Insul-bright facing up. 

Tuck the two layers inside the assembled pocket pieces with the straight edges aligned.

Pin in place and trim away any excess batting and lining that extends out past the outer edges of the fabric.

S
ew a 1/4" seam along the seamed edge. Then, sew a 1/8" seam along the outer raw edges to tack the layers together.

Free project instructions to create a heart-shaped potholder.

Now that the pocket pieces are ready, it's time to assemble the potholder.

Using the back piece pattern, trace and cut out one piece each of the cotton fabric, quilted cotton, batting, and Insul-bright.

Free project instructions to create a heart-shaped potholder.

Lay the batting flat and align the Insul-bright on top, shiny side facing up.

A
lign the quilted cotton on top of the Insul-bright.

Pin in place. Tack the layers together by sewing a 1/8" seam around the entire outer edge.

Free project instructions to create a heart-shaped potholder.

Lay the fabric flat with the quilted cotton side facing up. 

Align the pocket pieces on top, right sides together (embroidered side facing down).

Match up the shapes, and pin in place.

Free project instructions to create a heart-shaped potholder.

Next, align the cotton fabric on top of the pocket pieces, wrong side facing up. Pin in place.

Free project instructions to create a heart-shaped potholder.

To prepare the loop, cut a piece of fabric to 2 1/2" x 8".

Fold the long raw edges in to meet in the center of the fabric and press.

A
lign the folded long edges together and press. 

Sew a 1/8" seam along the folded edges.

Free project instructions to create a heart-shaped potholder.

To attach the loop to the potholder, turn the potholder over so the cotton batting is facing up.

Form the fabric into a loop and insert it in between the quilted cotton layers at the top side edge of the shape with the raw ends extending about 1/2" out past the outer edge of the fabric.

Pin in place. Sew a 1/2" seam along the outer edges of the fabric leaving about 4" open along one side.

Start and stop along the edge of one of the pocket pieces (do not leave the fabric open along the point at the bottom).

Free project instructions to create a heart-shaped potholder.

Except for the fabric at the opening, trim away the excess seam allowance leaving about 1/4" behind. Be careful to not cut the seam.

You can also zigzag stitch or serge around the outer edge of the fabric at this point to strengthen the seam; just do not sew over the opening.

Free project instructions to create a heart-shaped potholder.

Turn the fabric right side out through the opening so that the inner lining is to the outside. 

Then, turn the inner lining fabric at the opening in 1/2" (just the inner lining fabric) and hand sew the opening closed.

Free project instructions to create a heart-shaped potholder.

Turn the fabric again so that the quilted fabric sides are right side out.

Draw a line from the center top of the potholder down to the bottom point.

S
ew a seam down the line.

Free project instructions to create a heart-shaped potholder.

Turn the fabric of the opening of the quilted fabric in 1/2" and hand sew the opening closed. 

Free project instructions to create a heart-shaped potholder.

This heart-shaped potholder is a sweet addition to any kitchen! Give as a gift to friends and family to spread the love.

Free project instructions to create a heart-shaped potholder.

The insulated lining in this pot holder protects your hand, keeping things nice and cool while working with hot dishes.

Heart-Shaped Potholder



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Products used in this Project:

Delft Blue Country Kitchen Corner - Hen $3.49 - $3.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

4.83" x 4.86" | 3.84" x 3.86"