Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Wednesday Sewing - Pie Potholders


Mmmm .... I love pie!  My mom and I saw lattice top pie potholders in a fabric shop awhile ago - no patterns left, but I thought how hard could it be to come up with one?  And I always need pot holders.  I think my kitchen is potholder hell - they never last long.  I burn them, stain them, accidentally cut them, ... but mostly burn them!  


Materials for two potholders:
*fat quarter of fruit fabric
*about 1 yard of crust-colored fabric
*Insulbrite insulating fabric
*Steam-a-Seam Two




Use something with a diameter of about 9 inches as a pattern - cut out two backing circles from crust-colored fabric, two tops from the fruit fabric, and two circles from Insulbrite.


You'll need about 6 feet of bias tape - it's unlikely you'll find a color that works with ready made tape, so the yardage for the crust-colored fabric includes enough to make your own - see this past post.  Cut twelve 9 x 3/4 inch rectangles of Steam-a-Seam Two.  Peel off the top backing of each and lay on the wrong side of bias tape - iron to adhere.  It looks best if you don't have a seam in the middle of these pieces.


Peel the second backing piece off and arrange two pieces as below:


Add the next two pieces ....


And the last two pieces.  Trim the rectangles even with the edges of the circle and iron to fix on.


Layer an Insulbrite circle between the pie top and the crust bottom.


Pin bias tape to the pie top, wrong sides together.


Sew along the fold line closest to the circle edge.


Fold bias tape over edge and pin along the back of the potholder.


Hand sew into place.


And here it is ready to take its place by the stove ... I'm going to try to not ruin these!


But just in case, I'm making two more with the fig fabric ....


Happy Creating!  Deborah

31 comments:

  1. this is such a cute potholder, thanks for sharing!

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  2. When I first glanced at them, I thought they were pies until I read your title. Very nice! Now if they would smell like a homemade pie.

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  3. What a perfect idea for a kitchen potholder. I have got to steal this idea. enJOYed!

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  4. These are some of the cutest potholders I've seen! You've got a lot of cute projects. I found you through pinterest, but I'm now your newest follower! :)

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  5. All right, how stinkin cute and clever are these? Thank you for sharing your tutorial with us :-)

    ~ Caren Smith, Owner
    www.MyScrapbookStudio.net

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  6. What cute potholders! We've been focusing on fruit and vegetable quilts recently, and so we added a link to your post- at the top on our sidebar- today. p.s. We're first time visitors too, and we found this post via Craft Gossip. Thank you for the fun tutorial! ~ Marina & Daryl at Quilt Inspiration, quiltinspiration.blogspot.com

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  7. Those are absolutely adorable! I love them!

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  8. This is so funny! I saw someone selling something like this online like a month ago and I tried to recreate it, but I didn't like the result. Now I have a tutorial to follow! Thank you so much. I won first place for my blueberry pie in the county fair, so blue berry pie is what I'm going to make.
    I tried to make a crust colored fabric at first by dying white fabric with tea, but it didn't really work. I found that Moda sells a fabric called "Primitive Muslin Pie Crust" thats perfect for this project! I'd like to try using a shiny silver or grey fabric on the back to look like a pie plate.

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    1. Congratulations on your pie! A blueberry pot holder will be perfect!

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  9. These are awesome! I love them. And great tutorial

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  10. Very clever.

    Where did you get you fruit fabric?

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    1. The fabric is Farmer's Market by RJR Fabrics. I bought it at my local quilting shop, but just googled it and saw quite a few on-line fabric stores carrying it. I love how real the fruit looks!

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  11. I'm a beginner sewer, so please forgive me if this question seems silly, but I was wondering what are the cut dimensions of the homemade bias tape that goes around the outside of the pie (the pie crust part)? Is it the same as the lattice top part? If so then should it be 9 inches long by 3 inches wide, since the piece should be 3/4" wide after ironing into bias tape? Thank you for the help.

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    1. No problem! And welcome to sewing!

      The bias tape that goes around the outside of the "pie" is double fold bias tape (same as for the lattice except that I didn't press it in half)- if it were to be opened up all the way, it would be 2 inches wide. With the two sides pressed in 1/2 inch each, it's 1 inch wide. You'll need about a yard for the outside of each potholder.

      The lattice pieces are 9 inches long and with the two edges pressed in are 1 inch wide. The rectangles of Steam-a-Seam are 9 inches by 3/4 of an inch - the 3/4 inch is so that bias tape overlaps a bit so the Steam-a-Seam doesn't show underneath the edges of the lattice.

      Hope that helps!

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  12. Thank you for your help!

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  13. These are the cutest things I've ever seen! Thank you for sharing your great tutorial - I made one today and it turned out perfectly!

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  14. I noticed that you don't have any seams in the "pie" itself. Does it not shift around and does the steam a seam keep its stick?

    Thanks.

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    1. I haven't had any problems with Steam-a-Seam II (not the lite hold one) sticking through washings. You could sew the edges of the pie crust strips, but that takes away from it looking like real pie! If it does end up loosening for you when you wash it, using a washable glue (like one of the Alene fabric glues) should tack it down again.

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  15. These are really adorable! Nice job. I think I will make a few for some gifts if you don't mind.

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  16. Can you use heat bond instead? And will it hold up against hot pans and washes?

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    1. I haven't tried it - you could try attaching two pieces of scrap fabric together with it and stick it in a couple of washer loads to test it out. Good luck!

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  17. Adorable potholder!! Thank you soooo much. I can't wait to try it.

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  18. love your potholder :)
    I will try it too :D

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  19. A few months ago I've read this posting, and since then this pie stayed in my memory. Last week I decided to make a quilt using this technique. I'm going to make 9 different pies, and make them into one quilt. The first pie is finished, 8 more to go: http://realmenstitch.wordpress.com/2013/08/28/het-new-york-quiltje-is-klaar-tijd-voor-taart/ (sorry, it's written in Dutch, but there's a link to your tutorial)

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    1. That sounds like a great quilt! And I love your whipped cream addition to the pie!

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  20. I just finished one. I had a heck of a time trying to figure out how to finish the outside binding. It's not all that great but the potholder is cute. Made blueberries.

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  21. Have you made these in a rectangle shape? My hands make hand sewing impossible and wondered if that shape would be easier to attach the bias. I know I'm lazy. Thank you

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    1. I bet that would look great - like a cobbler!

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