Gifty Galore – Project 6
8.11.2014

Lesson 1

Recently, I attended a quilt retreat where everyone took some time out and made these lovely potholders!

This is an amazing project and SO doable in a few hours! That is from cutting to finished! All you need is two coordinating fat quarters and cotton batting. This project comes from the blog of Syzygy of Me and she has all the measurements and detailed instructions on how to make these little delights! You’ll want to make a number of them! Connecting Threads has some new, fantastic fabrics just in, so take a look at those possibilities!

Lesson 2

 

You begin by marking and sewing an “X” on one piece of fabric and batting. Make two of these…

Lesson 3

Then you sew four pleats in each side of both squares.

Lesson 4

Sew the two squares together and this is what you get…

Lesson 5

 

Here is the inside…

Lesson 6

Set your bowl and food in the potholder…

Lesson 7

Place in the microwave…

Lesson 8

And, Voila! An easy in-and-out! Wahoo!

Lesson 9

Make yourself and others a ton of these! They’re great and SO perfect for gifts!


55 comments

  1. Stephanie Dunphy - August 11, 2014

    Useful, clever, quick, and perfect for gifting!

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    • Mari - August 11, 2014

      We thought so Stephanie! Enjoy!

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      • sue flaty - August 11, 2014

        I’m confused. is there a step missing in these pictures. how do you get rid of the raw edges? do you sew them right sides together and then turn inside out?

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        • Krista - September 22, 2014

          I was going to ask the same thing! I also didn’t quite understand how you did the pleats?

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          • Mari - September 22, 2014

            Krista & Sue, I’m so sorry about the confusion. Note above the original blog, Syzygy of Me, (underlined name) as it contains the tutorial. If you click on the underlined name it will take you to that tutorial to make the project. I was just sharing the experiences of the retreat group making them.

    • FK - August 15, 2014

      Please be sure to use 100% cotton fabric, 100% cotton batting and 100% thread if you plan to
      use it in the microwave. I would do that especially if I were to use it as a gift. It is a great gift. To prevent a fire, use 100% cotton.

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  2. Alisha - August 11, 2014

    These are awesome, Mari! Clever idea. I have a friend who just bought a new house and I think these would be a really cute house warming gift.

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    • Mari - August 11, 2014

      Thanks Alisha! That’s a great idea for giving!

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  3. Teri - August 11, 2014

    How do I get this pattern?

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    • Mari - August 11, 2014

      Hello Teri! The pattern as mentioned above is located on the blog Syzygy of Me. In the second paragraph above it is noted and you can click on the name (link) and you will be taken to that blog! Thank you for your comment!

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  4. sonja - August 11, 2014

    These are really fun and convenient. One caution – be sure to use only 100% cotton material and batting. If not they could cause sparks when in the microwave!

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    • Mari - August 11, 2014

      Sonja, thank you for the reminder! Duly noted!

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  5. Sharon G - August 11, 2014

    Have been planning to make these, thanks for reminding me!

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  6. Dawn D. - August 11, 2014

    I have made a LOT of these for gifts (a slightly different pattern but the same result). They are so easy and the recipients have all been amazed at how useful they are. Here is a nice gift suggestion for a sick friend. Give a bowl along with the soup bowl holder and a can of chicken noodle soup. Even better if you use fabric with chickens on it. Definitely a cheer ‘em-upper.

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  7. Debra A. - August 11, 2014

    These are a very useful idea. I wish there was a way to print the instructions without having to include all the comments and other items on the blog. It comes up as 13 pages.

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    • sue flaty - August 11, 2014

      when you hit print there will be a dialogue box and in that box it there is a line that says print all pages or right below that you can actually type in what pages you want to print such as 1-4 then hit print.

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    • Donna - December 26, 2014

      Go to your printer and select only the pages that you want to print. There is a way to scroll down to find the pages you want.
      dl

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  8. Cheryl - August 11, 2014

    I received some of these as a gift…great idea

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  9. Linda Christianson - August 11, 2014

    What a neat idea! I need to make a few of these as soon as possible!

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    • Mari - August 12, 2014

      I’m with you Linda! I can think of several people who would love one of these!

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  10. Ione Stubblefield - August 11, 2014

    I have made a lot of these as gifts. Everyone loves them and ask for the pattern or wants to know if I would make them more. Think I may be on my 30th potholder

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    • Mari - August 12, 2014

      Ione! All I can say is WOW! 30?! I know I will be making a few of these for Christmas gifts! Thanks for your comment!

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  11. Ramona Tankersley - August 11, 2014

    I make these as fundraisers for my quilt guild and church. They always sell out.

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    • Mari - August 12, 2014

      I’m so happy we found a project so popular right now! Thanks for your comment Ramona!

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  12. Ann - August 12, 2014

    Cute idea Mari! I’ll be making some of these for gifts for our foreign exchange student (he heats his milk for cereal), our daughter (housewarming gift for a new apt.) and me (heating lunch at work). Thanks for sharing the idea.

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    • Mari - August 12, 2014

      Thanks Ann! Glad you like it, and that it’ll be useful in your home. I think I’m going to make quite a few for Christmas gifts and for myself!

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  13. Richard Levin - August 13, 2014

    Where are the instructions so we can print them out on thes4e projects?

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  14. Richard Levin - August 13, 2014

    Figured out how to print and cannot wait to see how many of these I can make in time for Christmas. Thanks for putting this one on the Gifty Galore site.

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    • Mari - August 13, 2014

      Richard, so happy you figured it out! You are very welcome! Happy to help!

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  15. Frances Kakazu - August 15, 2014

    These make great gifts. But be sure to use 100% cotton fabric, 100% cotton batting and 100% thread to prevent the possibility of a fire if used in a microwave.

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  16. Victoria P. - August 19, 2014

    Mari thank you for finding this for all of your faithful followers.
    I have made 4 of these and am totally addicted.
    I have 2 questions…
    1. It appears you have quilted some of these…at what stage do you do that.
    2. How and when did you do the circle in the bottom?
    I would love to hear from you before I make the next big batch.
    BTW… when I gave them for gifts I went to 99cent store and purchased gorgeous Red and turquoise bowls so it would be a complete gift.
    victoria P. 8.19.14

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    • Mari - August 20, 2014

      Hi Victoria! Thanks for your questions!
      1) Quilt before the darts are sewn into the square.
      2) The circle in the bottom was done when the bowl was complete. It was an experiment just to see the affects on how it performed with the bowl.
      Love the idea of purchasing inexpensive bowls to go along with the project! Great idea!

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      • Marky - September 22, 2014

        I’ve made over 70 of these this year after someone at church requested them for the Bazaar. I used a DVD spacer (clear plastic thing that comes in a stack of DVDs) as a template for the circle in the bottom of my potholders and stitched it after the diagonal lines were stitched and before making the darts.

        First I traced around the plastic circle on paper, cut that out and then folded the circle into quarters. Then I used a felt tip pen to mark those quarter lines on the plastic disk. I line up those marked lines with the diagonal stitch lines, and this ensures the circle is centered.

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        • Mari - September 22, 2014

          Great idea Marky! Thanks for sharing!

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  17. Karen Morrell Johnson - September 9, 2014

    I was part of the retreat Mari mentioned – we had so much fun making these! And I use mine almost daily!

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  18. Nancy beck - September 22, 2014

    After making a few of these with cotton batting, I heard that they might catch on fire
    In the microwave, so I put one in and set it for 5 minutes. After about 3 minutes, I had a fire! I learned that the batting used for the potato baking bags was much safer.

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    • Mari - September 22, 2014

      Nancy, thank you for sharing your experience with us. It’s good to know the batting made for potato bags is a better choice.

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  19. Nancy Lind - September 22, 2014

    I have made something similar for several years and named them “nuke nests” (after the old term for microwaving). They have been a big hit with all the recipients.

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    • Mari - September 22, 2014

      Nancy, thank you for your comment. They are terribly popular aren’t they?! Apparently, it was a good choice for one of our Gifty projects!

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  20. Elise Allen - September 22, 2014

    Maybe I’m a little slow but I would love to make some of these but don’t understand your directions. Sew the darts where? Is that what makes it bend? Please give more details. Another pic or 2 maybe? Thanks in advance.

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    • Mari - September 22, 2014

      Elise, there is a blog site, Syzyge of Me, noted in the post above and underlined. Click on the underlined name and it will take you to the tutorial. The post above is meant to direct the reader to the actual tutorial if they want to make the project :-) Enjoy!

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  21. Margriet Wetherwax - September 22, 2014

    Can’t wait to get home from work to try these!
    2 comments:

    1. how is batting for potato baking bags different?

    2. I plan to make matching potholders that have the ‘thermalite’ batting inside, and mark each item as ‘microwave-safe’, and ‘not microwave-safe’!

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    • Mari - September 22, 2014

      Margriet, the batting for potato bags is 100% natural cotton and does not include in the manufacturing any ingredient that might be flammable such as scrim. Pellon makes a product called Wrap-N-Zap that is used for potato bags.

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  22. Carla - September 22, 2014

    I have been making these for years – the only thing I can suggest is to be very careful & use only cotton (fabric, thread, etc). Someone I know used the “dual duty” thread & someone else used Christmas fabric (with gold sparklies & gold thread running through it) – needless to say, it started a fire in the microwave. With everything cotton, we personally have had no problems.

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  23. Carol - September 22, 2014

    At Easter, I made 24 of these, for kids, grand kids and great grand kids. For the little ones, I used up leftover Easter fabric and filled with goodies. I like to use mine in the summer, for holding that cold bowl of ice cream.

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    • Mari - September 22, 2014

      Carol, that’s a great idea for ice cream! Thanks!

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  24. Gayle - September 22, 2014

    where to fine the pattern. like to make them for Christmas.

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    • Mari - September 23, 2014

      Hello Gayle, thank you for your question! Note above the original blog, Syzygy of Me, (underlined name) as it contains the tutorial. If you click on the underlined name it will take you to that tutorial to make the project.

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  25. Joan - September 22, 2014

    Last year I made 75 of these for Christmas gifts. I Love these and everyone I’ve given them to has loved them too…

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    • Mari - September 23, 2014

      All I can say is WOW! That’s a lot of bowl potholders! Thank you for your comment Joan!

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  26. joyce - September 22, 2014

    It is very important to use materials of 100p/c cotton including the thread!!! Polyester thread may cause burning.

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    • Mari - September 23, 2014

      Hello Joyce! Thank you for your comment. I think several have learned the hard way using wrong thread and batting. Sure is good to get the reminder! There are a number of comments here to that affect.

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  27. barbara seymour - September 23, 2014

    these do not show how long the darts are and is there a circle at the bottom

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  28. Marcy - September 23, 2014

    Someone commented about cooking in it for five minutes to see if it would catch on fire. These ARE NOT meant for cooking. It’s a potholder for warming a normal size bowl of soup or the like. One or two minutes is usually plenty. If they want to cook longer they need to use a microwave-safe vessel. I made many of these for last Christmas and just tried to used up some of the fabric. I posted pictures on my blog. Also, I think I may have come up with a quicker way to do them.

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  29. Judy - September 30, 2014

    Didn’t anyone have trouble with the needle breaking? My project was too thick. Would it be possible to just use one layer of batting?

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