Are you running a hand woven pot holder gift campaign for Christmas? This could help. Includes videos showing how to get accustomed to a basic potholder loom kit, potholder loops and lace edged variations, and other pot holder loom details:
By A. Labedzki
A self-made potholder is a highly recommended gift item as it offers the unique advantage of being useful as well as decorative. Its appeal also lies in it being universal. It can be gifted to anyone who has a kitchen and even if the recipient already has a few of these, another one can always be added to the collection. It makes for a wonderful, handmade gift, and adds the extra personal touch of warmth.
1. A square piece of fabric for the front
2. A larger square piece of fabric for the back
3. Heavy material for the inside batting
4. Sewing needle and matching threads
Please note that you may go in for the purchase of new fabrics or used scraps, such as old blankets or curtains.
Steps needed to make a quilted Christmas potholder:
• Fabric Placement: Place the fabric meant for the front side of the holder right on top of the batting material. Both must be precisely the same size.
• Stitching: Stitch the two together in any pattern of your choice. You may make a huge 'X' right across the front, with the diagonal lines intersecting in the middle of the top side, or make small squares or diamonds all through. If a geometrical pattern is chosen, make sure it is stitched symmetrically and uniformly so that the looks are aesthetic and pleasing.
• Patchwork: Another idea is to cut a patch of another fabric in the shape of a Christmas tree, or a bell, or anything else associated with Christmas. Sew the design on top of the fabric like a patch, meant for the front side of the potholder. This step is to let your creativity flow and allow for a lot of flexibility. You can also personalize it according to the taste of the intended recipient.
• Iron: Turn the stitched pieces inside out, pull out the corners, and iron them to remove the creases.
• Rear Fabric: Align the fabric meant for the backside under the pieces already stitched. Ensure that the extra portion of the rear fabric leaves proportionate borders on all sides.
• Stitching: Sew the backside fabric to the batting material and the front fabric. Fold the borders inside. These were primarily left to use as stitching allowance.
• Final Touches: Press the potholder flat and top stitch through all the layers in any pattern of your choice in case you used a decorative patch for the first two layers.
The extremely useful and fancy kitchen tool is now ready to be gifted to your near and dear ones!
Annette Labedzki received her BFA at the Emily Carr College of Art and Design in Vancouver, B.C. Canada. She has more than 25 years experience. She is the founder and developer of an online art gallery featuring original art from all over the world. It is a great site for art collectors to buy original art. Is is also a venue for artists to display and sell their art. Artists can join for free and their image upload is unlimited. Please visit the website at http://www.labedzki-art.com
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