Walking Foot (a must have for this project)
1/2 yard, scrap fabrics
Ironing board fabric (OPTIONAL)
1 Backing (or ironing board fabric) 11 inch square
1 Batting 11 inch square
1 Inner lining fabric 10 1/2 inch square
5 top layer 9 1/2 inch squares
There are a couple ways you can make the Chenille Potholder. One of them uses fabric made to cover Ironing Boards as your backing. This is totally optional. I made one without and it's still thick enough that you will not feel the heat if using as a potholder. If you want to use the Ironing Board backing - you can just use any cotton fabric as your backing**.
(** If using regular fabric and making a potholder - I would recommend replacing your cotton batting with batting made specifically for potholders. If you are making mug rugs or a floor rug - regular cotton batting would be just fine)
|This is an example of Ironing Board backing. Silver on one side/cotton on the other. Totally optional though. A regular cotton fabric works well too.|
|Lay your backing fabric Right Side down. Add batting to begin your "sandwich"|
|top batting with your Inner Fabric (10 1/2 inch square). Then top that with your 5 top layer squares (All Right Sides UP)|
|Your stack should look similar to this|
|I like to pin initially to keep straight while doing the first line of stitching. You can remove pins as you go.|
|Set your Sewing Machine Stitch length to approx 3.0. You will want to use a longer stitch with all these thick layers. This is optional - but I found it worked better.|
|Continue to stitch parallel lines 3/8 inch apart. Go to one side, then flip and do the other side.|
|It will look like this. Some shifting is normal even with the walking foot. That's a lot of layers!!|
|Now for the fun part. You will cut the fabric between each parallel line. This can be done with a small sharp scissors or with the Chenille Tool. YOU ARE ONLY CUTTING THE 5 TOP LAYERS!!! Take care not to cut any other layers.|
|Now it will look something like this...|
|Now you trim off your rough edges so the Chenilled rows go all the way to the edges and it is square. |
And the final step - Bind and machine wash/dry.
I used homespun fabric for the darker potholder and flannel for the lighter potholder. Both washed up super soft. You can also play with your sizes. A larger rectangle would make a nice hot pad for setting large dishes on the table.
Or you can make a large square - and when you square it up, you could cut into 4 pieces and then bind each seperate. Making 4 mug rugs - a nice personal gift for coworkers.. or friends.
If you have questions - let me know.