I went to the fabric store the other day just wanting some spring fabric...I wasn't even sure what I was going to do with it...maybe I would make a banner or pendant maybe some pot holders...maybe????
I just needed spring!!! With all my Christmas decorations down and no hope of snow (it's been so warm here in the Pacific Northwest) my house and myself were feeling a bit dreary.
So I bought some "Happy Fabric" and decided to make pot holders (or do you call them hot pads?) for my friends for Valentines Day. (Let me just say right now ...what a stupid idea! They may be easy but they are a bit time consuming).
After washing the fabric I cut out a bunch of squares 8" x 8".
I laid them out on my table to determine what pieces I wanted to put together.
I did an applique on one side and the left the other side plain...I had way to much fun putting the different fabric together!!! I think that's my favorite part!
Using an iron on adhesive made the appliques easy...You just iron the adhesive to the wrong side of your fabric and then draw your design on the paper side...cut it out, peel the paper off, flip it over and iron it to the right side of your pot holder.
I laid my design out first before ironing....
In this case I sewed just the leaf on first and then ironed on the bird and the heart...
Before stitching over the rest of the applique, I layered and sewed the pot holder together.
Here's how I did it..
I put two layers of my insulation fabric down (I like my pot holders thick.), then with the right side up I put the first fabric square on and then the 2nd one goes right side down...so that the the fabrics are right sides together and the padding is sitting under them.
Then sew all around the square with an 1/2" seam allowance leaving about a 3 inch opening on one side to turn the square inside out...don't forget to trim the corners and excess seam allowance before you flip it.
Then sew around the edges and sew your applique on too.
I made these bright little birdies for my kitchen...
And Guess What...
I made this set for YOU!!!!!
YUP...That's right...I'm giving away a pair of my hot pads to one lucky reader...
Okay, so it's not the lottery, but I do want to say thank you to all my faithful followers. :)
I really do appreciate you always stopping by and it makes my heart goes thump thump when you leave a comment!!!
So this is my Valentine gift to you (well at least one of you).
Just leave me a comment and I will put you in the drawing for the hot pads and if your not following I would love it if you would!!! I have a ton of projects to share this year. :)
I will put all the names in a hat and have one of the kids draw it a week from today....
Wed, February 11, 2015
And of course iIwill be linking up to many of the parties on my side bar...do check them out.