I just discovered Spoonflower, which is a magical place where you can custom order your own fabrics! You can get your designs printed on high-quality quilting cotton, poplin, voile, silk, canvas, knit, and other fibers. If you're a bit challenged at digital arts like myself, you can purchase prints of other artists' designs, and they get a nice kickback on your order! Pretty cool, in my opinion.
While shopping for fabrics for clothing, I decided to order a few swatches to get a feel for what kind of textiles would best suit my projects. The swatches are generous (8x8 inches), and I ordered two: a cotton voile (left) and quilting cotton (right).
I didn't want these beautiful fabrics to go to waste, but I didn't have any patchwork projects in need of additional prints. I decided the quilting fabric was the perfect size for a pot holder, and decided to use up some spare quilt batting in the process.
If you haven't quilted before and you're looking for a small-scale project to practice machine quilting and/or sewing a binding, this is a perfect task for you.
- 8x8 inch fabric swatch (quilting cotton weight)
- 2 - 8x8 inch light weight quilt batting (I used a cotton-bamboo blend)
- 8x8 inch contrasting color (for the backing)
- 4x36 inch additional color (for the binding)
the quilting blog, "Oh Fransson."
With the fold facing inward (open edges match the edge of the pot holder), pin the binding around the edges. When you reach a corner, fold the binding away from the pot holder at a 90 degree angle:
Unfold the binding at this point, match the edges, and machine sew along the pressed crease.
Done! Your new pot holder is ready!