Forbidden fruit pot holders- sewing tutorial

In the previous post I showed you how to draft a pattern for this deliciously looking pot holders. Now it is a time to grab a tea or coffee and make one or two! Let’s dive in!

Sewing tutorial

Cut out all your pattern pieces as mentioned in the latest post.

Take heat resistant fabric and sandwich it between the main body pieces. Quilt it all over in desired lines or you can follow mine design. I took one piece of main body and using straight lines attached it to the heat resistant fabric following with sewing the other main piece to the other side quilting in straight lines that goes from side to side.

My pot holders are very colourful, so I picked the darkest color to be the base in case it gets dirty. Whenever you work with some kind of heat resistant material you need to remember that the shiny side of the fabric is the one that blocks the heat from getting in contact with your body, so make sure to always place facing away from your skin.

Once the main body is quilted you can take all four pocket pieces (mine are in two different colors) and using a basting stitch sew it around the edges within your seam allowance. If you need to stabilize it more do not be afraid to use some interfacing.

Using bias binding finish only the straight edge.

To make it easier do it in two steps, first unfold the tape and place it on top of the pocket stitching along the crease line. Next fold it over the to the other side ensuring the first stitch line is covered and top-stitch in place.

Place both pockets on top of the main body piece and hold it in place using pins. Sew around the edge with a long basting stitch.

Assembly your tab and leaf pieces next.

For my leaf I placed the leaf pattern pieces wrong sides together and using zig zag stitch sewn it together .

For the tab I folded it in half with right sides together, stitched it and using a safety pin turned the fabric inside out.

Place one end of a tab between pockets and baste it in place. Next following the same steps use bias binding to finish around the border.

For a clean finish start sewing the bias tape by folding about 1 cm inside and stitch around the first crease line finishing on top of the first fold.

Turn the bias tape over to the back and tuck the other end of a tab underneath. Pin or hand baste to stop it from shifting and sew it with straight stitch in a ditch.

Pin one leaf in a preferred position and either stitch it on top of the zig zag or hand sew it to the main body.

Tadaaahhh, you are done with your make! Are we making a pie next???

~do you prefer to use oven gloves or pot holders while cookig/baking?~

Monika xxx

Sew your own oven gloves- sewing tutorial

Hi all!!! Today’s post is yet another scrap buster project that is quick and easy!

I will show you how to make your own oven gloves, which you can use in the kitchen while making a delicious meal or gift it to someone if you already have a pair.

There are many free oven gloves patterns that you can download, I used a pattern from a book “The hand-stitched flower garden” by Yuki Sugashima….a little random you may think, but this year I wanted to learn hand embroidery and I purchased this little book, which I was told is great for a beginners like me. It includes 20 small projects that you can decorate with 45 beautiful floral designs and one of them includes a pattern for a oven gloves which is fantastic.

Sewing instruction

Once you find the pattern that you like, cut 2 pieces out of the main fabric, 2 pieces of a lining fabric and 2 pieces of a heat resistant fabric such as Insul-Bright ( I purchased a meter of the eBay few years ago, so had some leftovers) plus a 4 cm by 10 cm rectangle for a loop for each glove that you want to make. As expected this will get in contact with a heat so it is best here to avoid synthetic materials as they may melt under the high temperature. I went through my scrap basket and found a fat quarters of a cotton fabric in various colors.


If this is the first time you are using a heat resistant fabric the only thing you need to remember is that the silver and shiny side of the material is a side which will bounce heat back to it’s source protecting you from the temperature.

To start you place the wrong side of the main fabric on top of the shiny side of the heat resistant material and stitch it in place. I drew 1 inch squares as a guidelines and stitched it in place.



Next, make a loop and attach it to the side around 2-3 cm away from the top edge.


Place patterns of main fabric right sides together and stitch around with your allocated seam allowance.


Take lining pieces and with right sides together sew it around the edges in the same way as in previous step.


Trim the seam allowance to around 5-7mm and clip it close to the stitch line.


Turn only the main body to the right side and insert the lining matching the side seams together.

Pin it in place and sew it in place using a long straight or zigzag stitch, that will be covered later.

To finish the raw edge take a bias binding and starting at a side sew it all around following a creased line.

For a clean finish is best to start sewing the bias binding by folding the edge of a tape inside. This will stop any unravelling in the future.

Next, simply turn the bias binding over the raw edge and top stitch it.

And now it is time to enjoy your new oven gloves by making some cookies or cupcakes….at least this is what I want to do.

I have some more of that fabric left so decided to do a matching hot pot holders too. Coming next….

~have fun baking/cooking and let me know what you made~

Monika xxx