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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). 

7 comments:

~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!! :)

OhioMomPatriot 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! http://eyespydiy.blogspot.com/2011/05/chalkboard-label-giveaway-from-ginger.html

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.

http://dandelionsanddustbunnies.blogspot.com/2011/04/updated-throw-pillows.html

Thread In Her Hair said...

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

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