|my sweet William|
I can't believe there's only one week left until Christmas! Can you? Have you finished all of your Christmas shopping? Made any Christmas crafts? Done any special Christmas-y things?
The last six weeks have flown by for me thanks to this little guy...he's my best Christmas gift! :-) I told you I would officially announce my new baby, so here he is--
William Shepherd B.
10 pounds, 22 inches
Yes, he's a BIG, little guy! I am very happy to have him out!! :-) I don't think I've ever been so glad to not be pregnant anymore. Things have been extremely busy with a new baby in the house (and please don't pay any mind to the mess in the background of this pic!), but I've still managed to get a few Christmas projects done (thanks to my very helpful husband and mom). It just wouldn't be the same kind of Christmas if I didn't get to make a few things!
So, with the help of my mom, I was able to make some really cute Christmas gifts for my son's school teachers last week, and I'd like to share the project with you! Here's a tutorial on how to make a Christmas star using three homemade potholders. Enjoy!
List of supplies:
-- material for 6-7x7 in. squares in coordinating colors
-- thread in coordinating colors
-- thin quilt batting cut in 7x7 in. squares (need 6 squares)
-- metallic embroidery thread for decorative border stitch
-- basic sewing supplies
This project is pretty easy. I think even beginners could do this if you have some basic sewing skills. Each potholder/hotpad takes about 30 minutes if you go fast and know exactly what you're doing. Let's get started!
Step 1: Pick 3 coordinating fabrics, and cut 2 squares (7x7 in) out of each fabric.
Step 2: Cut 2 squares (7x7 in) of thin quilt batting per potholder (so, 6 total).
Step 4: Take your second fabric square and pin it to the first square, making sure that the right sides of each fabric piece are touching each other. Using a larger seam (move needle to the middle and use edge of presser foot as a guide), stitch around the block again, BUT leave a 2-inch opening for turning it inside out. Also, be sure to back-stitch this time.
Step 5: Trim off a little of each of the corners so they won't be so bulky when you turn the potholder inside out. Just don't cut too close to the thread!
Step 7: Using a fabric pen, mark an X on the potholder (see picture below). Stitch along the markings (be sure to back-stitch at each corner). This will help hold the batting in place.
Step 10: Fold each potholder in half and arrange them as shown below. You should see a star! Tie all 3 together using your coordinating ribbon, and then top the star with a Christmas-y bow!
My mom and I made a total of two stars (6 potholders), and I think they turned out gorgeous! They really make a lovely, Christmas gift! They are a little labor-intensive, but the finished project is so beautiful. And once you get the hang of it, you really can go fast. I'd say if you worked an assembly line with each step, you could finish a star in an hour. That's if you don't have to change the thread/bobbin out for each potholder like we did! Something to keep in mind when you're picking out your fabric.
Hope you enjoyed this tutorial! I'd love to know if you end up making a set of your own. And let me know if you have any questions!