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Thread: Moonrise's Extra-Thick Super-Quick Potholders

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    Lookie at these potholders I just came up with! :mrgreen: They're extra-thick and super-quick to make, and no fancy-schmancy sewing is required. :lol:

    In the following posts, I'll give the directions so you can make some of your own, if you like.
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    Okay.

    Step #1.

    First you'll need to cut your fabric and batting. I used Insul-Bright for better protection from heat, but you can use regular batting too.

    You'll need to cut the following:

    7-1/2" squares:
    a square of fabric for the front (you can use a pieced square or a solid piece of cloth - whichever you prefer)
    a square of contrasting fabric for the back
    a square of Insul-Bright

    6-3/4" squares:
    a square of fabric for the front (you can use a pieced square or a solid piece of cloth - whichever you prefer)
    a square of contrasting fabric for the back
    a square of Insul-Bright

    A rectangle that measures 5" x 2-1/2" for the loop.

    .....

    In my photo below, I used yellow fabric for the backing, and scrappy pieced blocks for the front. The white is the Insul-Bright.

    PHOTO: 7-1/2" squares on the left, 6-3/4" squares on the right, 5" x 2-1/2" rectangle at the bottom.
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    Step #2.

    Make a sandwich with one of the block sets.

    The Insul-Bright goes first, shiny side up.

    Then place the front fabric on top of it, facing up.

    Then place the backing on top of the pile, facing down.

    This is the order the squares go in.
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    Step #3.

    Line up the squares and pin them together.
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    Step #4.

    Sew around all four sides of the sandwich, about 1/4" from the edge.

    Do NOT leave an opening for turning. We're going to turn it a different way than normal. :wink:
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    Step #5.

    Check the back to make sure all fabric and batting is caught in the seams, and is sewn securely.
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    Step #6.

    Clip all 4 corners just inside the seams to eliminate the bulk. Be careful not to cut your seams.

    Clip all 4 corners like this.
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    Step #7.

    Being very very careful, cut a slit in the backing fabric. You just want to cut the BACKING ONLY. Don't cut the front fabric!

    This slit needs to be around 2-1/2" - 3" long. This is the opening where we'll turn the squares right-side out! :mrgreen:

    (Don't worry. It won't show! :wink: )
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    Step #8.

    Turn the squares right-side out through the slit, and use a dull pointed object to turn the corners out properly.
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    Step #9.

    Sew around the edges of the square as shown, about 1/2" in from the sides.
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