Snowman Pot Holder Sewing Pattern
Are you starting to get excited yet? Love it or hate it, winter is coming and Christmas will be here soon. It's time to work on some holiday projects. Are you going 'all out' this year, or looking for just a few subtle touches at home? Either way, this snowman insulated pot holder will be a perfect and practical part of your holiday decor.
Even if your family doesn't celebrate Christmas, he'll still look great in winter colors, such as white, blue and silver. A sparkling snowflake background would look amazing too. This project adapts well to any size, so make a pot holder, a placemat, a mug rug or a whole table runner from this idea.
Materials to make one large potholder:
- 4 strips from a festive jelly roll or 4 strips of fabric - 2.5 inches wide by 42 inches long (Get it from Fabric.com)
- Small pieces of white, black, and orange
- Fusible web such as Heat N Bond Lite
- Square of backing fabric - 10 x 10 inches
- Embroidery thread in black
- 1.25 yards of 2 inch binding strip or bias tape
- Thermal insulating lining - Insul-Bright or similar, cotton batting, or even an old towel
- The snowman applique pattern - download pattern here
How to sew your Snowman Pot Holder
1. Take your fabric strips, either from your jelly roll or cut them from yardage. Cut each strip in half length-ways so you end up with 8 strips of fabric, each 1.25 inches wide by 42 inches.
2. Sew them all together along the long sides, alternating the colors however you like, using a 1/4 inch seam. A 1/4 inch quilting foot is useful but not essential. Give the resulting long strip a good press, pressing the seams all in the same direction.
3. If you have a quilting ruler you can use that. If not, simply cut a square of paper in half across the diagonal to find a 45 degree angle. Use your angle to cut off the end of the strip so that you start with a 45 degree angle at one end.
4. Measure along 9.5 inches from the point. Make a mark and use your angle or ruler to cut the fabric so that it forms a triangle shape, like the one shown above.
5. Repeat again, measuring 9.5 inches from the point, mark and cut a 45 degree angle. This time your fabric will be cut in the opposite direction. The strip that was on the short side last time, will be on the long side this time. Repeat twice more until you have 4 pieces.
6. Match two of the pieces that have opposite colors and stitch one diagonal with a 1/4 inch seam. Repeat for the other two pieces then join both sides together to create a square. Give the seams a good press.
7. Print out your snowman applique pattern, and trace the shapes onto the paper side of your fusible web.
8. Fuse the applique shapes to the wrong side of your fabrics. White for the face and body of the snowman, a nice bright color for his scarf and gloves, black for his hat and a tiny piece of orange for his carrot nose.
9. Cut out all of the shapes carefully. Now layer all the pieces in the correct order onto the fabric square. Use your iron to fuse all of the shapes in place.
10. Carefully stitch around the edges of your applique with a satin stitch, small zig-zag stitch, or a blanket stitch. You might find it useful to use a stabiliser on the reverse, or simply slide a piece of regular printer paper underneath to stop it from catching on all the seams.
11. Transfer the pattern markings for the eyes and the mouth onto the face shape and carefully stitch them with a black embroidery floss. If you want black buttons on his front, do these too.
12. Cut a piece of backing fabric the same size as your finished block. I recommend a darker fabric that won't show any cooking splashes, or something with a busy pattern. Now layer your fabric, the backing right side down, then one or two layers of your insulation material and lastly your snowman on top. Trim and baste around the edges to keep everything lined up.
13. Bind all 4 edges with your binding strip and add a loop in one corner to hang. You can also leave the loop off to use him at the table or as a surface protector.
Your snowman pot holder is ready to show off and use! The pattern is scalable, so I also made a slightly larger one without the hanging loop which I'll use on the table to put hot dishes. You can also make several and join them together to make a table runner or make them more rectangular for place mats. Those strips are a fun way to create a background.
If you want more festive sewing ideas, here are a few projects to get you started, including a mate for the snowman with the penguin pot holder! Check out this awesome recipe for Christmas Brunch Casserole so you can get free time away from the kitchen on Christmas morning and still be a domestic goddess. And these Frosty Beeswax Candles take just a few minutes to make for a beautiful winter accent.
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