First I want to thank Tania at Ivy Nest for the link in her post to texasfreckles where I learned how to make these fun potholders. Just in time to as I am participating in a potholder swap with my on-line quilting friends at
In the above picture is one of my favorite sewing tools. The pointed end is to get the corners turned without poking through and the round end is for running around the seam inside the layers to get them to lay smooth. Above is before I used it and below is after I used it. LOVE THIS TOOL!
You add a layer of cotton quilt batting after you turn it right side out and I learned that it is VERY important to leave your turning opening big enough for your entire hand to fit inside so that you can smooth the batting down well before closing it up; adding a hanging tab and top stitching around the edge; which I did twice - once next to the very edge and then again about 3/4" in to hold the batting in place. I think they turn out really nice considering they started out as scraps in this little tub that I had saved back.
Six done - two more to make and then they'll be ready to go to my swap partners.
This post is part of "on My Mind" with Down To Earth