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FOLDED  STAR  POTHOLDERS
 

Materials Needed for each Potholder:

1.         1 Fat Quarter (18” X 21”) for your main color and your foundation fabric
2.         1 Fat Quarter (or scraps) of bright color for center of "star".
3.         1 Fat Quarter (18” X 21” for first accent color
4.         1 Fat Quarter (18” X 21”) for your second accent color
5.         Cotton Batting (You will need a minimum of 10” X 17”
6.         Extra Wide Double-fold bias tape  (1 package will bind  approximately 3 potholders)
7.         Matching Thread

Cut:

1.       Two(2)  8 ½”Diameter circles of your main fabric, or substitute 1 circle of your main        
          fabric choice, plus 1 circle of fabric (plain white, or unbleached muslin, etc., hereafter
          referred to as “Foundation Fabric”).

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 2.         Two (2) Layers 8 ½ ” Diameter circles of cotton batting

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3.         Four (4) 5 ½” Diameter circles of “center fabric” (bright color)

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4.         Eight (8)  5 ½” Diameter circles of  “First Accent Color fabric”
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  5.         Eight (8)  5 ½”  Diameter circles of Second Accent fabric.

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INSTRUCTIONS

 

            Before beginning construction, please read the instructions below and follow through the photographs to completion of the potholder.

1.         Fold all 5 ½” diameter circles in half, press  (first fold).  See photos included to
            follow  the steps for each layer of the potholder.


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2.       Fold each side of all folded circles as shown so that the folded half-circle becomes
          a “triangle”, bringing straight edges vertical as shown in, resulting in each circle
          becoming a “triangle” representing ¼ of the circle.  Press.  (second fold-see
          photo above.)

3.        Using a ruler or tape measure, measure from side to side, and mark the center
           of  the  foundation fabric at 4 ¼“ with a washable chalk or washable marker.  The
           center line mark should be at least 1" in width through the center for placement of
           the center triangles .

4.       Measure from the top of the circle, measure 4 ¼” down and mark until the two
          lines intersect, which will be the center of the potholder.  Extend the mark at
          least 1" in length through the center for placement of the center triangles . 

5.       With the matching/coordinating 8 ½” diameter circles, assemble the potholder
          with the foundation (white or  unbleached muslin on top, next will be the two (2)
          layers of cotton batting, and finally, the matching/coordinating fabric, with the
          WRONG SIDE placed next to the batting, leaving the right side of the fabric on
          the bottom (the back of the potholder).

6.        Fold and press all 5 ½” diameter circles in half, to make a half-circle, then fold
           each side to the center, forming “triangles”.  Press well.  Refer to photographs
           above.

7.        Place the folded triangle with points to the center so that the four pieces make a
           smaller circle on the 8 ½“ diameter foundation circle of fabric.  Pin in place.

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 8.       First, stitch the pointed ends of center fabric to the potholder “sandwich”,
           forming the  center of the potholder in place on the 8 ½” foundation fabric.  
           Next, stitch the centers of the triangles from the point to the curved ends of
           each triangle.  Then, stitch each of  the  center  triangles  together  forming  a 
           smaller circle  inside  the  foundation  fabric.  Your foundation fabric should not
           show between the center fabric triangles.

9.        Be sure to stitch the pieces together on all sides, and be sure to stitch the
           points in the center together.

10.      Next, using the 5 ½” diameter circles of your first accent fabric as folded and
          pressed, lay out the triangles, placing the point of each piece in alignment with
          the seams holding  the pieces together and aligning with the folds in the center of
          each piece.  Please note the placement of the triangles.  You will need eight (8)
          pieces (triangles) of your first accent fabric, properly folded and pressed.   See
          layout in photo.

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 11.       Be sure to note the placement of the triangles; otherwise, the “star” will not be
             formed.

12.       Next, arrange the triangles of your second accent color matching the seams and
            folds of  the triangles of the previous layer.  Pin in place and stitch.  Be sure to
            place triangles properly, so your triangles properly form the “star” in the
            potholder.  When placing the second accent color on the first accent color, be
            sure to leave one-half inch to three-quarters of an inch of the first accent color
            showing, so that your "star" appears.

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Once all your triangles have been stitched,  trim the edges of your final layer of triangles so that they are even with the foundation fabric, main fabric and batting.  Then, apply extra wide double-fold bias tape, hand-stitching it to the top first, easing the bias to apply to the potholder without gathers.  Then stitch the other side of the double-fold bias tape to the back side of the potholder.  Attach a purchased hanger, and your potholder is finished! 

This pattern is not perfect, but I would recommend purchasing a compass, if you do not already have one.  It's not an expensive tool, but it is necessary to make a perfectly round circle.

This potholder is not hanging very straight on my design board, but it is completed.

I chose these colors because there is a great deal of contrast between the different fabrics, and let’s admit it, I live in Florida, so, with the orange and blue, GO GATORS!

                                                 This tutorial/pattern prepared by
                                                 Jeanette Frantz, Ocala, Florida
                                                 October 31, 2016

 

pdf FOLDED_STAR_POTHOLDERS23.pdf     


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Excellent instructions Jeanette!

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Cari, thank you very much.  I was not at all sure this was going to turn out the way I wanted it to, but I persevered!  I actually cut and completed the steps for the potholder from fabric with a lot of contrast, hoping that would make the instructions clear.  I can do something a lot easier than I can write instructions on how to do the project.  Again, thank you.
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Great job on the instructions and photos.  I believe I made something similar to this many years ago.  It had more fabrics or rounds to it and was made into a decorative throw pillow.
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That is a wonderful tutorial! You nailed it. I can understand how those were made. You might need hemostats to pull the needle through all the layers.
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Great instructions and clear photos! Thanks for taking the time to do this for us.
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Love it!!!  Very well done!
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Thanks, Jeanette! Those are excellent instructions. I hope I have time to make one - I still want to try to finish my king size quilt for the kids by Christmas (no laughing, just stop it, drat you all!). You do such good work!
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One funny thing, I meant to include when I posted the tutorial, is this.  I was in Wal-Mart buying fabric (inexpensive) for these potholders.  Another customer wanted to know what I was buying fabric for in such small quantities, and I told her.  She then questioned me,  "Why on earth are you 'buying' fabric for potholders?" 

I told her, verbatim, "Well, I'm buying it because I don't think the store management would appreciate it if I stole it!"  Suffice it to say, she didn't say another word!

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Just a note -- my original post of the tutorial is too old to be edited, but I have recently made about 20+ of these potholders for my nephew and his wife, and one of my nieces -- I've been making more, but the problem I'm having is my skin is so dry from contact with the fabric that my thumbs are both split open and extremely sore!  LOL!  I started cutting my circles one inch larger in diameter -- it makes a little larger potholder, which I like better.  I do use two thicknesses of cotton batting.  DO NOT USE POLY BATTING in these potholders -- the poly could melt and present a huge danger of betting burned.  Even the smallest burn can be painful.   I have used Abreva which is a very expensive OTC topical for fever blisters that I find does relieve the pain of finger splitting, and combined with an antibacterial ointment, does assist in swift healing.  I also use Burt's Beeswax Almond Milk hand cream at night, but it's not cheap either!

I have always had dry skin problems, but fabric contact exacerbates the dry skin!

EDIT:  I would be interested in hearing what kind of sewing machine was used -- I have all very vintage machines, but not one of them would go through the many thicknesses of the fabrics plus the two thicknesses of batting.  I don't know why I hadn't thought about this, but I suppose one could assemble the potholder top on the foundation fabric, without batting, and insert the batting before attaching the back-side of the potholder -- I haven't tried that yet!  I'm afraid I'm not very innovative these days -- I guess I'm just getting too old! lol!

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Originally Posted by Jeanette Frantz

I have always had dry skin problems, but fabric contact exacerbates the dry skin!

 


Thanks, Jeanette for this great tutorial.  I hope someday to try this pattern as I'm always in need of potholders.  A bit off topic - but I experience dry skin also and only use on my skin products that are completely natural.  Just pure coconut oil works well for me for a nighttime hand moisturizer.  I use a combo of honey, olive oil, and beeswax for face (along with rosehip oil).  I've been buying this as a commercial product but just came across a lotion recipe and have ordered the beeswax so I'll be making up a batch and this will be a lot more economical.
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I love making pot holders...this one looks great!
Thanks much for the tutorial Jeanette!

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