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Place two pieces of felt in between the two pieces of fabric with
the fabric right sides facing out. Pin bias tape all around edges.
One side of the tape should be on one side of the material and the
other side of the bias tape should be on the back side of the
Learn more about binding edges with bias tape.
Sew in place. Make a loop out of bias tape and sew in the corner.
by Carla (Minnesota)
This project was designed for a Girl Scout Sewing Day. The girls
participating were in grades 3 and up, and they had a great time
learning how to use a sewing machine.
One 10-inch square of cotton fabric
Two 8 ½ x 4 ¼ inch pieces cotton fabric
One 8-inch square of cotton batting
One 8-inch square of Insul-Bright
1. Pin rectangles along one long side, placing right sides together.
Sew together. (Photo 1)
2. Press seam toward one side.
3. Cut pieces just sewn together in half (4 ¼ inches). Flip one
strip around so squares are in opposite directions. (See Photo 4 for
4. Pin pieces along one side, with right sides together. Align
pieces so centers meet. Sew together.
5. Press seam toward one side. Set top piece aside.
6. Take large fabric square and place insul-bright in center. Work
clockwise around the square. Beginning at center of one edge, fold
fabric to meet insul-bright and pin in place. At corners fold fabric
to make a triangle. Continue to work around square.
7. Press folded edges. Remove pins and open up the fold just made.
8. Make a fabric sandwich. Layer pieces in the following order.
10 inch square (right side facing down)
8 inch square insul-bright
8 inch square batting
8 inch square top piece (right side facing up)
9. Place four pins along one center seam. Begin and end stitching
line at edges of top fabric piece, and stitch in the ditch down
center seam. Be sure to backstitch at ends.
10. Repeat Step 9 with remaining center seam.
11. Pin corners and edges of the top of your sandwich down through
12. Using pressed seams created in Step 6 and 7 on the bottom fabric
piece, you will now make the self-binding edges for the potholder.
Fold edges on bottom piece of fabric towards sandwich layer just
like before, then fold again up and over the top of your sandwich.
Pin folded edge to top layer, keeping pins close to inner edge.
Remove extra pins used in Step 7.
13. Beginning along one edge and continuing around the square, top
stitch the self-binding just created. Keep seam near inner edge of
folded over fabric. At corners, make sure needle is in the fabric
then lift up pressure foot to turn corner. Put foot down and
continue sewing. Back stitch at end.