Forbidden fruit pot holders – pattern drafting

Hello! As promised today I will show you how to draft a simple pattern for a apple shaped pot holders, so you can make it as part of a matching set with oven gloves from previous post.

Apples are one of my favorite fruits, so I thought it would be fun to incorporate its shape into a decorative , but handy pot holders. However feel free to create a different shape if you prefer.

Pattern drafting

Fold a piece of paper in half and draw a shape that roughly resemble an apple ( or heart, pear, circle etc.) and cut it out. It needs to be bigger then your hand, because you will insert your hand when in use, plus you will need to add some bias binding at the edges, which will in turn decrease the opening size a little.

Fold the pattern in half and make a copy of its shape on a separate piece of paper.

Next, draw a slated line about 1cm from the top edge and 2-3cm at the bottom edge. This will be the pot holder opening to insert your hand, so you can make it bigger if you want to, but i would not recommend it any smaller, as it will be more difficult to put your hand inside.

Mark your pattern pieces, so you know exactly how many times it has to be cut out and from which fabric:

-potholder: cut twice from main fabric and once from heat resistant fabric

– potholder pocket: cut 4 times main fabric ( or 2 times main and 2 times lining fabric if using scraps), if your fabric is lightweight I would recommend interfacing your pocket pieces, so it holds it shape and gives more structure.

Draw a rectangle for a loop/ tap that will be an apples tail. You can angle it on side like I have done if you wish. It will be sewn on hold, so you only need to cut it once.

Last pattern piece will be our apples leaf, so fold the paper in half and draw a curved line. It’s shape and size really depends on you, so have fun with it. You can even make two or more different size leafs if you like it. Cut it twice for each leaf you want to make and use some interfacing again, if your fabric is soft or it drape.

As you can see the pattern pieces for an apple shaped potholder are completed. Now you can look through you leftover fabric to find a color combination that suits your aesthetics or desires. In the next post I will show you how to sew this lovely potholder.

~Have fun drafting you own patterns!~

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.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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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