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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Pretty Potholders...kinda

I made this potholder using the Pretty Potholder tutorial and How to Sew with Bias Tape Tutorial from Prudent Baby for a Mother's Day gift. While I still like how it turned out okay, I will be sewing another one to redeem myself. :)

I'd never quilted anything or sewed with bias tape before, so I guess I shouldn't be too hard on myself. I really do love how the front turned out. I had to piece some scraps together because I ran out of fabric, but I'm really glad I did. If you want to make one like mine, follow the Pretty Potholder tutorial exactly, except for the front 8x8 square: sew together 4 scraps (2 middle pieces-3 x 8 in, 2 outside piece 2.5 x8) right sides together with a 1/2 in. inseam, press seams open, then continue with the tutorial. 
For the back pieces, I used a solid green 8x8 and green for the back of the pocket as well (mostly because I was running out of fabric).

I must say it doesn't look too bad from far away, but if you look closer...
bunched up bias tape.
a bad corner or two.
and stitching that didn't get covered.
I know why all those mistakes happened and how to fix them, so that's good, I guess. I will be making another to redeem myself, but I won't plan on giving it to anyone, just in case. Usually I try to do a trial run on new projects that I plan on giving away, but time ran out. Oh and did I actually give this one as a gift? Of course. Hopefully she'll love it anyway. 

More posts coming soon hopefully. I've been doing a lot of sewing lately, but haven't finished anything! I'll try to get myself in gear. 

Hope everyone had a wonderful Mother's Day (and had more success on your gifts than i did). 


~Damita's Pretty Wrap~ said...

I like your pot holder! It's cute! And yea you can take your mistakes and make another one next time. "A better one" lol. But I think it looks pretty spiffy!! :)

HoneySage said...

I like the colors and I can hardly see any issues with it! To hide any mistakes that will be made when I try, I think I will just hang it higher on the wall as decor rather than useful. Thanks for sharing!

Katie @ EyeSpyDIY said...

It's super cute! I am still trying to figure out bias tape myself and you are way ahead of me! :) Love the colors!

Also, I have a great giveaway going on for some chalkboard labels and would love if you entered!

Amy said...

Aww.. don't be too hard on yourself! Bias tape is difficult. Little projects like these are great for practicing. Love the fabrics :)

Kathy@DandelionsandDustBunnies said...

Super cute. I love the fabric you picked as well. I acutally used the bird/blue/brown material to cover my ugly throw pillows. It's adorable. I have a few scraps, and now I know what to do with them. Stopping by from AGI.

Thread In Her Hair said...

I think it turned out great. Bias tape and corners can be tricky.

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