Thursday, February 14, 2013


A significant dilemma in one's life is how to pick up the hot teapot without burning one's hand (I know you ALL experience this same issue!). So, how to solve the problem? 

Well, you could pop out to the shops and pick one up from there, relatively cheap enough (s pictured below), but also without much effort or imagination! 

The Iris pot holder from IKEA


you could MAKE one! Which is exactly what i'm here to show you (cue eye rolling by you and dorky laughter by me).

WARNING: i sometimes like to not follow sewing rules, but rather just whack things together and see how they turn out. This is one of those occasions.

Take the scraps from the flannelette sheet that you used from the quilt (or just whatever is lying around that is thick). Cut out squares of it. Here there are 4, but I think I omitted one and just had 3, as it was a little tooooo thick. Pin together.

Get out other fabric scraps and cut them however you please, so long as you can piece them together to create a square of the same size as the flannelette pieces.

Sew together and pinking shear the edges (love a crimped edge, one of the simple pleasures in life!)

Sandwich the layers of flannelette between the two patterned fabric layers, pin together and start sewing them altogether. Create whichever pattern you like. Here I followed the seams that had to be created because of the scrap fabric. Then crossed over them horizontally and then diagonally. 

After sewing together, trim down edges so that they are all roughly even.

Pick out a pretty seam binding. This one was really too narrow, so a wider one would make it easier to bind the edges with.

Because the binding was narrow, i unfolded it and pressed it out flat.

Then i folded it over, pressing it so that on side was a smidgeon shorter than the other. By doing this, and sewing with the shorter side face up, it ensures that you will have caught all the binding on the underside, and thus not have any nasty areas where it hasn't been sewn on both sides.

Pin like there is no tomorrow. 

Sew it. I like to use a clear presser foot in situations like this, as it enables you to actually see what you are doing with the needle and the fabric, especially when you are sewing very close to the edge, but not wanting to go over it. 

With the excess binding, make a loop in one of the corners, so that it can be hung from a hook for storage (and display!). Sew it down.

Ta da! One heat-proof tea pot holder (well, maybe that is a slight exaggeration. Slightly Heat Preventative Pot Holder would be more appropriate). I ended up doing another row of stitching around the binding, just to be extra sure that it had caught all the layers together. 

And here is it in action!

No more burnt hands pour moi!

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