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Get Sewing: Quilted pot-holder

Quick to create, this useful pot-holder will add a dash of colour to your kitchen

Add a splash of colour to your kitchen with this handy pot-holder. Quick to create and a good project to challenge beginners, this potholder makes a great gift or can be created for your own home – simply choose your fabric to suit.

My pot-holder uses the new Tokyo Blue fabric range from Threaders, which features a palette of cool blues complemented by bold greens and striking yellows for a beautiful contemporary finish.

To find out more about this stunning range, log on to: (www.crafterscompanion.co.uk).

Supplies

1/2 metre of Threaders Tokyo Blue Fabric- Tokyo Mountains

Fat Quarter of heat resistant wadding or foam

One metre of co-ordinating 25mm bias binding

Co-ordinating cotton thread

Scrap of co-ordinating ribbon

Basic sewing kit

Gemini Stitch sewing machine

Finished size- 10in x 10in

To create:

1) Cut two 10in squares and two 10in x 7in rectangles of Tokyo Blue fabric. Cut one 10in square and one 10in x 7in rectangle of thermal fusible foam. Place the outer Tokyo Blue fabric squares wrong sides together, with the 10in square of thermal foam in between. Do exactly the same for the 7in x 10in rectangles

2) Quilt through all three layers on both of these panels. I used a simple free-motion stipple design, but you could also use straight line diagonal quilting

3) Add a 10in strip of bias binding to one of the long edges of the rectangular panel. To do this, open up the tape right-side down and align the raw edge against the straight edge of the panel. Stitch along the first fold line. Fold the bias tape over the reverse of the panel and slip stitch in place by hand. Trim off the excess

4) Place the pocket panel over the main panel and baste in place. Using a drinking glass and a rotary cutter, round off each of the four corners of your combined panels.

5) Apply the remaining bias tape to the pot-holder in the same way you did earlier. Begin in the centre of the base and ease the bias tape around the curves. When you reach the starting point, overlap the bias tape ends, folding in one edge of the tape to neaten the join

6) Fold the bias tape over and hand-stitch in place as you did before

7) Add a small loop of co-ordinating ribbon as a hanging loop.

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