Sew Around the House

Sew Around the House: Donut Potholder

I just love donuts, don’t you?

I apologize for being MIA lately. There are a lot of things that have been competing with my sewing time. Besides being a budding sewist, I‘ve been juggling lots of daily priorities: wife and mom duties (totally dreading Back to School…Distance Learning…uggh…), tackling some home improvement projects (major renovations in the works! So excited!) and, truthfully, it’s been so darn hot here at home that I just plain didn’t have the desire to do ANYTHING but sit in the same spot all day with an ice-cold drink in hand and a fan pointed directly at me. I’m sure you can relate on some level.

Anywhoo, I did manage to work on the cutest little sewing project last week. I came about it while I was organizing my external hardrive. I found this old sewing pattern that I had saved a few years ago and have been meaning to work on, but for some reason just forgot about it. The pattern is by Pen + Paper Patterns, and it was formerly found on Craftsy, which then changed to Blueprint, which is supposedly now rumored to be shutting down, so it is no longer available for purchase/download. This sucks for anyone who wants to try this project, obviously. And because the pattern is for Personal Use Only, there isn’t a lot I can do as far as share a tutorial for you all. Boo. Sorry. I just happened to be one of the lucky ones who managed to save it to my computer, so all I had to do was print it out. There is a whole lot of drama connected to the Craftsy/Bluprint story, which I won’t get into here, but you can google if you are interested.

So this pattern I saved makes the most ADORABLE donut potholder!

image via Pen + Paper Patterns

How cute, right?! This sewing project was quite easy to put together. I got to use my bias tape maker set for the first time when making the potholder edging, and was even able to learn a few new techniques on Quilting, such as how to applique stitch (this was actually harder to do than it looked for me. I had to re-do my stitches several times!) and do a crosshatch pattern stitch. Overall, I had a lot of fun with this one, and it was a nice break from sewing up clothing!

I found that making potholders is pretty much the same/similar to quilting. There are a lot of layers involved in making them. Since this is my first time doing potholders and anything related to quilting, I was introduced to items such as Heat N’ Bond for appliqueing and Insul-Brite for insulating your fabric. For potholders, you have to make a little “sandwich” of fabric with your front and back fabric on the ends, and your layers of Insul-Brite and/or batting in the middle. The Insul-Brite and batting are what makes your potholders heat resistant, so you’re able to use them properly and safely. Since you will be working with many layers of fabric stacked together, it is wise to use a thicker needle on your machine, as well as special sewing feet, like a walking foot or similar to ensure smooth sewing. When documenting my sewing projects, I tend to forget to take pictures because I become so focused on the actual “sewing process,” but here are a few that I remembered to take while making these little cuties:

Cutting out the donut pattern and bonding them all together was the most fun part of this project! Here is my fabric breakdown (all fabric used are 100% quilting cotton except for Insul-Brite and Heat N’ Bond):

  • Dough: Cotton + Steel “Sprinkle” in Corduroy
  • Donut hole: pieces of white fabric taken from an old sheet
  • Frosting: all patterns are from Spoonflower (from bottom to top: Pink Ice Cream Sprinkles by Draytonld / Sprinkle It! by Michellenilson / Sprinkles Strawberry by Modgeek / Candy Sprinkles on Mint by Lub By Lamb

Again, I was in the Sewing Zone, so I totally forgot to take pics of my “fabric sandwich” and process of sewing it all together, so no pics on how that looks. Oops!

To make the little hanging loop, and to line the donut and seal everything in, you need to bias bind it. This was where I got to make my own bias tape using my handy-dandy bias tape maker set. All you have to do is cut out your desired size strips of fabric, and pull them through the the hole of the bias binder tool. As you are pulling the fabric, you iron the strip so it stays folded. That’s it! I have this set from Madam Sew:

Madam Sew Bias Tape Maker Set

I love this DIY bias binding tutorial by MADE everyday, but if you are like me, then you will undoubtedly still get confused with lining up your strips perfectly so they make one continuous line of binding. If you look at the picture above, this is how I remembered to line up my fabric strips. (*Helpful tips: 1. Right sides of fabric (pattern/pretty side) should always be facing each other. 2. To line your strips up correctly, do this: mirror both strips together with points touching. Then slide one strip on top of the other so they form a 90-degree/right angle. 3. To ensure your binding will sew up in a straight line, always make sure your strips are aligned at a perfect right angle. I use the diagonal line on my rotary cutter mat to help with this. I line up the fabric strips so it fits perfectly within the “right -triangle” on my mat. but a regular ruler will help with this too, if you don’t have a mat.)

Here is a finished piece of double bias binding once it is pulled through the bias binding maker tool and ironed through. I stored my extra binding by simply cutting a piece of cardboard from an old shoe box and wrapping it around.

So, after I sewed the bias binding around my donut “sandwich”, I was done and the result is a super cute-majorly adorable donut potholder that is good enough to eat!! (But really tho, don’t eat it.) The hot pink/mint green/baby pink swiss dot fabric I used for the backing, lining, and hanging strip of the potholder can be found on Cute Little Fabric Shop on Etsy.

My son was tempted. Can’t blame him.
What a sweet pair!

I had a great time sewing these potholders. But now it’s time for some real donuts. Happy Sewing!



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