This time I decided to open up a jelly roll and make a few potholders. I have been making them for a few years now with the method shown here. This time I decided it was possible to sort the entire line of Mon Ami by Basic Grey for Moda into colorways and start there.
QuiltSmart fusible 2 inch interfacing (the kind people use for those watercolor type quilts) and cut my strips down to 2 inches. I even fussy cut the adorable little kitties, words, and houses from the strips.
|2 inch squares from a jelly roll strip|
|Sew down the seams|
|Sew across the seams|
|Perfect little matching squares|
Insu-Bright batting for the inside of the potholder and a 9 1/2 inch square of coordinating fabric for the reverse of the piece. I use Sulky KK 2000 for a nice little secure sandwich before I stitch in the ditch and around the outside of the little squares. I also do some vertical and horizonal stitched lines to make it more firm. Sometimes I do a little decorative stitching in the borders to keep it all flat. I trim the whole square now by cutting down each side border to 1 1/2 inch. This is easy and the oversized batting and backing are now all flush.
Then I add a little binding. I have found doing these that a 2 1/4 inch binding is pretty cute. Lots of people like 2 1/2 inch though, so it is up to you. I use the nice little binding tool called the Mini Binding Tool to do my invisible binding match up.
|Future Potholder Gifts|