Hi, it’s Erin from House on Hill Road. I don’t know about you, but I am already thinking about holiday making. I love having some handmade items at the ready for hostess and teachers gifts and today I want to share one of my favorites with you. These cute holiday potholders are the perfect addition to whatever baked goods you may be passing out this season. They are also great on their own! The construction is simple and uses small amounts of fabric, making these perfect for fussy-cutting and scraps.
I used my GO! Qube Mix and Match 12” Block, but if you have the GO! Qube Mix and Match 8” Block or the GO! Qube Mix and Match 9" Block, you could use this same tutorial to make coasters instead of potholders. Check out my Holiday Coasters tutorial from last year for more instructions.
Finished size: 6” square
(Die #1 – 6” Finished Square, Die #5 Half Square Triangle 3” Finished, Die #6 – Square on Point 4 1/4’’ Finished)
Solid color for corners and backing, print for square on point
Batting – (2) 6 1/2’’ squares per potholder (I use regular cotton batting, but insulated batting is a good choice, too.)
4” piece of ribbon or trim for hanging loop
1. Using Die #1, cut (1) square from the solid fabric.
2. Using Die #5, cut (4) half square triangles from the solid fabric.
3. To fussy cut the square on point, pick your image. I chose to use the two kids decorating the tree.
4. Fold your fabric along the center of the image. Place the folded center on Die #6 so that the fold runs through the top and bottom of the square on point shape.
5. Holding the fabric in place, gently unfold the fabric so it covers the entire die. Carefully place the cutting mat in place and feed through the cutter.
6. Sew (1) half square triangle to each of two opposite sides of the square on point. Press the seams towards the triangles.
7. Repeat step 6. with the the remaining (2) triangles.
8. Fold the ribbon in half and pin it in place approximately 1” from the top left of the block with the fold towards the center of the block. Stitch in place 1/8” from the fabric’s edge, backstitching across the stitching to ensure it is secure.
9. Layer your pieces together, aligning all raw edges, in the following order: (2) pieces of batting on bottom, square on point block right side UP in the middle and backing square right side DOWN on top. Pin the layers together.
10. Sew around the square with a 1/4’’ seam allowance, leaving a 3’’ opening on one side for turning.
11. Turn potholder right side out and fold the opening in. Press and pin opening closed.
12. Top stitch around the potholder 1/8’’ from the edge, closing the opening as you go.
13. Give the potholder a final press before gifting it.