Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Part I ~ potholder/hot pad tutorial

A couple of you asked how I had made the potholder I posted about here. I made up another one over the weekend so I took some pictures.
~first I knit a 6 to 7 inch square in seed stitch using some cotton yarn
~ I like to throw it in the washer and dryer before adding the top

~ below are the fabrics I chose for the patchwork top

~ a little math is necessary to determine what size to cut the pieces so I end up with a square just a little smaller than the knitted back (I wanted the seed stitch back to show around the edges); I determine the finished size of each piece then add 1/4 inch to the seam edges and at least 1/2 inch to the outer edges

~ here my strips are sewn together using 1/4 inch seams... ~ once the top is pieced together and seams pressed, I press 1/2 inch to the wrong side on all edges...
~ I cut a piece of cotton batting to quilt the patchwork to; you could use heat resistant batting also...
~ place the batting on the wrong side of the patchwork top and tuck underneath the pressed edges...


  1. I love this idea. I just picked up one of Debbie Macomber's "kniting" booklets and was going to knit 2 sides...but since I am a quilter too...I love the idea of one side knit and one side patchwork quilted...faster too. Thanks for the great idea

  2. This is a brilliant idea....I want to try this with all the scraps of fabric I have been saving "for good." I might even add a fabric vintage print! Love it!

  3. Love the potholder!! I have some of those old linen calendar towels but I never thought of using them in this way. Thanks for the wonderful idea. One question tho, do you hand sew the top to the knitted back then quilt thru both?

  4. Sorry - Silly me... just discovered part 2 with all the answers!! LOL


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