I made these for Christmas presents for my mom and for my father-in-law’s girlfriend, but couldn’t post until now so I didn’t ruin the surprise. They’re large potholders/hot pads. I used Insul-bright and loosely followed this tutorial on moda bake shop, but I chose a different pattern for my top. I love the idea of handmade potholders, but I’m not sure I’ll be using this method again. It was a self-binding method, which was faster overall, but the finished look was definitely not as neat as hand-binding. That might be my lack of skill with this method, though—the mitered corners just aren’t quite as sharp as they are when I hand-bind.
For one set of potholders, I used two pieces of batting and one layer of Insul-bright sandwiched in between. This seemed a tad excessive, so for the other two sets I used one piece of batting and one layer of Insul-bright, and this seemed much better. The hand quilting on top is just for looks since I knew I couldn’t get a needle easily through that many layers. The fabric is a popular print by Alexander Henry, and I used it for the back as well. I bought mine from Joann’s, and it’s just so bright and cheery. I love the colors.
I made an extra set for myself while I was at it, but I think I’m going to end up giving them away as a kitchen-warming gift. Some very good friends of ours have been remodeling their kitchen, and her potholders are very well used, and I’m sure she’d love these. She is the BEST cook I know and also the one with the smallest kitchen (until now, that is!).