With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, what better way to add a touch of love and warmth to your kitchen than by creating a charming, heart shaped pot holder? Whether you’re a seasoned sewing pro or just starting out, this tutorial is designed to guide you through each step, making the process easy and enjoyable.
This project is not only practical but also a great way to spruce up your kitchen decor or make a heartfelt handmade gift for someone special.
We’ll be using a fabric with a lovely heart design to keep in theme with the season of love. I’ll walk you through everything from selecting your fabric to adding the finishing touches, ensuring your pot holder is not only adorable but functional and safe.
Let’s get started!
You will Need:
- 2 Fat Quarters of fabric
- 9” x 9” piece of insulating wadding (e.g. Bosal Poly-therm fleece)
- 7” x 7” piece of cotton wadding
- 47” (1.2 m) length of bias binding tape (1” or 25mm wide)
- Heart shaped pattern template (free download from our website)
1. Cutting Out the Fabric
Following the provided templates, cut out the heart shapes from our chosen fabrics. You’ll end up with:
- 3 Full Hearts: One for the front, one for the back, and one in insulating wadding for heat resistance.
- 3 Pairs of Half Hearts: One pair for the front pockets, one pair for the inside pockets and one pair in cotton wadding.
2. Layering and Sewing
Start by creating a ‘sandwich’ with the insulating wadding between the full heart pieces. It’s crucial to ensure the silver side of the fleece faces the back for maximum heat protection. Sew together as close to the edge as possible.
Do the same for the front pockets, sandwiching the cotton wadding between the front and inside lining fabrics.
3. Attaching Bias Binding (Straight Edges)
Sew your bias binding along the straight edge of both of your pockets and trim off the excess. I used polka dot bias binding tape, but you can choose your favourite coordinating colour.
Extra Help for Beginners
If you’re new to sewing bias binding, I’ve prepared a helpful video tutorial titled “How to Sew Bias Binding,” available at www.overdalefabrics.com/how-to-sew-bias-binding/. This resource will help you provide a professional finish to your pot holder.
4. Laying Out Pockets
Lay your pockets in place, you can see I’ve positioned mine securing them with wonder clips but you can use pins. Sew in place again as close to the edge as possible.
5. Attaching Bias Binding (Curved Edges)
Sew your bias binding onto your outer heart, starting and finishing at the bottom point of the heart. You can pin it on first if you prefer. I position my binding as I sew. The hardest part is the top centre of the heart. Cut the end of the bias binding with a 2cm of excess binding.
6. Finishing Touches
Press the excess bias binding inwards and press all of the bias binding in place. Then sew in place.
You now have your pot holder complete and ready for Valentines Day! Use it as a colourful addition to your kitchen or a thoughtful handmade gift.
Using your Heart Shaped Pot Holder
Before you start handling really hot dishes, remember that insulating wadding is heat resistant but not heatproof. Do a safety check to ensure your pot holder offers sufficient protection for your needs. After all, safety is just as important as style in the kitchen!
Happy sewing, and may your Valentine’s Day be filled with love, creativity, and lots of delicious cooking!