As makers, we joyfully stitch our hearts into every handmade gift. This quick gift project, DIY Recipe Potholders, combines the wonderful value of handmade with the rich power of memories and traditions. When you think of the holidays, is it Grandma’s Spritz Cookies that first come to mind, Aunt Susan’s Russian Teacakes or Cousin Jenny’s Green Bean Casserole? Family food traditions make a Recipe Potholder the perfect holiday gift!
These Potholders are just enchanting and I love the way they can be personalized. The fact that they’re quick to make and take just a few supplies make Recipe Potholders my kind of perfect, last-minute gifts! You’ll need less than a Fat Quarter of cotton fabric to make one, but if you have half a yard of fabric on hand, you can make several depending on the size you choose. Along with your cotton fabric, you’ll also need Warm & Natural Batting and an insulated batting type material like Insul-Bright. Both are available just about anywhere that fabric is sold. And don’t forget to pick up the spools of Dual Duty XP thread you need while you’re shopping. This is not the time of year to be caught without matching thread!
The samples shown here were designed and sewn by Ashlee of My So Called Crafty Life. She wrote the tutorial you’re going to use (link below) and gives information on using Spoonflower fabric printing service for your recipe fabric. Since we’re past their ordering deadline for Christmas, I have another plan for you – Printable Fabric!
- I’m a big fan of Printable Fabrics as an at-home way to create your own fabric. For this project you’ll want a pack of 8.5” x 11” Sew-On sheets in either white or off-white. The sheets are designed for your home printer and the package will include the instructions you need.
- Printable Fabric comes in a fusible version, too, but the Sew-On will be best for your Recipe Potholders.
- Click here to visit the Printed Treasures site if you’d like more info before you head for the store.
Ashlee’s Potholders are cut 9” square and trimmed after quilting to 8”. If you’re printing your own fabric and using this same size, you’ll probably get two recipe “pockets” for your potholders from each 8.5” x 11” sheet of Printable Fabric. Follow Ashlee’s instructions for setting up your recipe as a printable file, just make it the right size to print on an 8.5” x 11” sheet. Oh, and here’s my warning – if you’ve never used Printable Fabric before, prepare to be addicted – its totally amazing and inspiring stuff!
Click here for the free tutorial on Ashlee’s blog and enjoy deciding which recipe(s) to use, picking prints your friends and family will love and creating these delightful Recipe Potholders. They may turn out to be the most heartfelt gifts you give this year!
About the Author
Annette Millard began sewing at the age of three, made her first dress at ten and is always happiest with needle, fabric and thread in her hands. Annette feels very privileged to have spent most of her work life in the sewing industry and loves teaching, making her own handmade wardrobe and writing about sewing. She spent over ten years as the newsletter and web site content writer for the Pacific Northwest's largest locally-owned family of fabric stores and is now thrilled to have the opportunity to share her passion for sewing with the Sewing Secrets community.