(TUTORIAL) How to Make Spiderweb Potholders

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Here's a step-by-step guide to making spiderweb pot holders.

Supplies


1. Ruler -- 60 Degree Double-Strip Creative Grids Ruler {for hexagon potholders}



and/or ... 45-Degree Kaleidoscope Double-Strip Creative Grids Ruler {for square potholders}


2. Insulbright

3. Batting

4. 4 fat quarters

5. 1/2 yard for binding

6. Scraps for corners of square potholders

Cutting Directions to Make 6 Potholders From 4 Fat Quarters


1. Cut six 1 1/2" strips WOF {aprx 21"} from each fat quarter.

2. Cut six backings from remaining fat quarters   { 10" x 11" for hexagon potholders } or { 10" x 10" for square potholders }

3. Cut six pieces of batting to match your six backings.

4. Cut six pieces of insulbright to match your six backings.

5. Cut six binding strips WOF {most people cut at 2.5" but I cut at 2.25"} more info in my binding tutorial

Directions for Hexagon Spiderweb Potholders



1. Sew one of each color strip as cut above and sew together with 1/4" seam allowance.  Press all seams in one direction.  To maximize the amount of units you can cut from your strip, I suggest sewing them as shown like stairs.  {My offset is only about 1/2" each time}




2. Cut 6 triangles from your strip with the 60 Degree Double-Strip Creative Grids Ruler.  More detailed photos shown here.




3. In step one, I told you to press the seams towards the dark fabric.  This is where that comes in handy.  You'll be able to "nest" your seams together to match points.  Put two triangles together and sew a 1/4" seam. Press this seam open.  Repeat to add one more triangle.  You'll have half a hexagon together.  Repeat for the other half.  This should be your result.



4. Put your two halves together and pin at each seam.  {I don't pin often, but it really helps with this project.}




5. This will be your result.




6. Layer backing wrong side up, insulbright, batting, and finished hexagon or square.  Pin layers together and quilt.




7. Trim excess batting, insulbright and backing ... and bind!





Directions for Square Spiderweb Potholders




1.  Sew strips as shown above in step one.  Cut 8 triangles with 45 Degree Kaleidoscope Double-Strip Creative Grids Ruler.




2.  Using your scrap, cut a 3 1/4" strip.  The ruler has a 3 1/4" mark on it so that you can make this kaleidoscope block with just one ruler!




3.  Sub cut into 2 squares that are 3 1/4"




4. Cut both on the diagonal to yield four triangles.




5. Take your eight triangles and put them in two piles of four with all of the same color in each pile.




6. Sew together into four pairs.  Press seams open.




7. Then sew the pairs together into halves ... and then sew the halves together to put all eight pieces together.  {see photo in step 8}




8.  Arrange triangles from step 4 around your spiderweb.




9. Flip the triangles onto the spiderweb RST and pin in place.




10.  Sew in place with a 1/4" seam.  I press towards the triangles unless they are light ... like in this case, and then I press in towards the spiderweb.




... then follow steps 6 & 7 from hexagon directions to finish your potholder!

Four fat quarters ... plus binding fabric {and scrap for corners}easily makes 6 potholders ... in either style!


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Julie Herman blogs at Jaybird Quilts.

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