My Nan doesn't have any pot holders or oven mitts to use when she is cooking, she usually just uses dish towels. So I decided to make her some as a gift!
I've been making an effort to use my scraps lately, so this was a perfect opportunity to raid the scrap bin again. I pulled out pieces at random - there is no planned colour scheme or fabric choices here, it was just whatever I grabbed!
These were pretty quick and easy to make. The main thing you need is Insulbrite, which is a heat resistant inner layer that you use a bit like batting or interfacing. I purchased mine at my local fabric chain store, it was stocked in amongst the batting, it was sold from a large roll.
To do the quilting I had a layer of insulbrite, a layer of cotton batting on top, then I used the quilt-as-you-go method to stitch the fabric on. I started with my middle piece and worked my way around in a log cabin style.
Once I had all my pieces stitched on, I trimmed it up and used the rim of a coffee mug to round off the corners. Then I cut a piece of quilting cotton to back it with, and stitched in the ditch around the log cabin to quilt the layers together.
Finally I used some bias binding I had on hand to finish them off, and some small pieces of ribbon to create loops for hanging.
So that's it! I'm trying to make a real effort at the moment to use what I have. My stash has really grown over the past year and I need to use all up it rather than buy more... let's see if I can stick to that plan.
Hope my Nan likes them! I'm feeling confident - she has form for being very complimentary about all my creative endevours over the past 33 years. Grandparents are the best.