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

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