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My mother-in-law introduced me to these potholders to use on bowls in the microwave, and they're so handy I thought I'd share the instructions for those of you who sew. These make great gifts!
You will need:
- Sewing machine
- 2 - 10" pieces coordinating cotton fabric
- 2 - 10" pieces cotton batting (such as Warm n' Natural)
- Coordinating cotton thread
*Polyester in the microwave is not a good thing, so be sure to use 100% cotton fabric and batting.
1. Cut a 10" square piece of two different fabrics and 2 - 10" pieces of batting. Thin batting is preferable since the finished product will have two layers.
2. Layer each piece of the fabric with a piece of the batting and quilt the two layers together.
I used a stippling stitch, but you can also do a zig-zag stitch from corner to corner as seen below. There just needs to be some quilting to stabilize the batting and keep it from bunching later.
3. Mark a line down the center of the square in each direction, dividing the square into quarters.
Next, mark a circle in the center for the bottom of the bowl. I used a wide-mouth ring as a pattern, but you could also trace around the bottom of one of your bowls.
Then mark the darts by placing a dot 1" on either side of each of the center lines; make a line connecting the dot to the edge of the center circle. These angled lines will be your sewing lines.
SHORTCUT: Rather than marking each square (though you can), since I was making a number of potholders I used my first square as a pattern for the others. I cut out the dart, leaving 1/4 inch seam allowance.
I then laid my "pattern" on top of the next square and marked the darts.
Since I traced the opening, this time I cut out the darts on the lines.
4. Sew the darts using 1/4 inch seam allowance by folding each "V" in half. (The "pattern" will have the sewing lines marked on it to give you an idea of where to sew.)
After all four darts are sewn on each piece you will have two bowl-shaped pieces.
Place the two bowl pieces right sides together and pin, matching darts and corners.
Using 1/4 inch seam, sew around the edge of the bowl, starting and stopping about 1" from the first and last corners.
This will give you an opening in the center of one side so you can turn the bowl right-side out...
...after clipping the corners, being careful not to clip the stitching.
Stitch around the edge of the potholder, folding in the raw edges of the opening and sewing that side first.
And there you have the finished product - and it's reversible!
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