Nicki LaFoille

Heart Shaped Potholder

Nicki LaFoille
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Duration:   19  mins

Learn how to make a heart shaped potholder to protect your hands from heat using insulated batting. This potholder is a fun project to make as a gift, or for Valentine’s Day decor.

Insulated batting is essential for making a potholder that will protect you from high heat. Regular batting can be used, but will be less effective. In addition to insulated batting, Nicki uses a layer of regular batting for heat protection in the finger pockets, and a layer in the main hot pad for extra loft, and heat protection.

Download the Heart Shaped Potholder Pattern

Cut out the fabric and batting pieces according to Nicki’s instructions, and transfer the mark on the main pattern piece to the fabric. Once your fabric and batting pieces are cut, Nicki demonstrates how to layer and quilt the main body pieces to keep them together.

Nicki then demonstrates how to layer the batting inside the finger pockets, and baste the finger pockets onto the main piece, using the alignment marks from the pattern.

Nicki discusses how to layer the backing onto the hot pad, and how to attach a hanging loop at the center, if desired. When stitching the backing onto the front, leave an opening for turning the hot pad right side out.

Before turning the project right side out, clip the seam allowances at the lower point, and clip into the point at the upper edge, up to but not through the stitching line to release the seam allowances and eliminate drag lines on the right side.

Turn the opening seam allowances toward the wrong side and slipstitch the opening closed to finish.

For more oven mitt and potholder projects, check out these videos:
Quilt as You Go Decorative Hot Pad
Pan Handle Hot Pads
NSC Gold: Cat Paw Oven Mitts

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