I have been scouting for quick Christmas gifts to make. When I saw this easy potholder design on imagingermonkey (follow the link to her Sizzix blog for the tutorial), I thought it could fit the bill. After making one, I can say it does–it’s fast and easy. I used 3 1/2-inch squares to make it larger so it can double as a trivet. The grommet and the twill tape are a fun touch.
On the back, I used a scrap of retro teacup fabric. This same fabric appeared on a tea cozy I made Jill for Christmas last year, so now she has a matching potholder!
Other potholder tutorials can be found at Fresh Lemons, Oh Fransson (with a nifty pocket to slip your hand into), and a double potholder tutorial at The Boy Trifecta–that’s one I’d really like to make and keep for myself! A potholder would also be a simple quilt-as-you-go project. I think I might use up some leftover orphan blocks to make potholders–after all, potholders are really micro-mini-quilts. I lack the discipline to regularly practice free-motion quilting as I should. so practicing and experimenting with quilting techniques on these little guys can only help me.