Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Liberty Tana Lawn Oven Mitts and Potholders

A Handmade Christmas

This sunny bundle of Liberty Tana Lawn (from Westwood Acres) arrived at my house late last week. It is such a pretty rainbow of fabric and after one of THOSE days of sewing - where nothing goes to plan and all of Monday's efforts ended up in the bin - I turned to my Liberty Stash and started on some Christmas sewing projects.  
Two sets of Oven Mitts and Potholders.

Some of the details:
  • I have used the oven mitt template from the book Quilts by Denyse Schmidt.
  • Simple patchwork (1.5 inches finished) squares for the outside of the mitts and potholders. 
  • Fabrics used are Liberty Tana Lawn and Essex Yarn Dyed Linen in Flax
  • Lined with a layer of 100% cotton batting as well as a layer of Insul Brite
  • Bias binding for the oven mitts and potholders.

They are almost too pretty to use! I am however a very practical person and wouldn't hesitate using these, throwing them in the washing machine and pegging them on the line. These oven mitts and potholders have been made to serve.

It feels good to make and gift handmade this Christmas and there is nothing like leaving it till the last week or so is there? I think I work better under pressure, well that's my excuse anyway. Are you busy making last minute Christmas gifts?

Rita

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30 comments:

  1. Hi! I'm attempting potholders...does the "sandwich" go quilted side down, insulbrite shiny side down, cotton batting, insulbrite shiny side up, quilted side up...then tack & sew...?? Someone suggested this to me but it is so bulky!..appreciate ur guidance :)

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    1. I start my Oven Mitts with 9" x 12" rectangles.

      I have layered the fabrics:
      backing fabric (right side down)
      then Insul Bright with the shiny side towards the backing fabric
      then a layer of cotton batting
      then the pretty Liberty patchwork.

      I then pinned the layers and quilted through all of the layers.

      Once quilted I trace around the oven mitt template and cut out the shape.

      It was a little bulky to quilt through those layers but not excessively so.

      Rita

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  2. Stunning!! Who will the lucky recipients be?
    Happy handmade Christmas to you!
    Andi xx

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  3. These are lovely! I'm also running a one-woman sweatshop for all those pre-Christmas gifts! Good luck!

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  4. Yes, I am! In fact I am procrastinating, reading quilting blogs instead ;)

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  5. gorgeous! and the recipients are lucky ducks.

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  6. Very, very pretty oven mitts and pot holders - wonderful Christmas gifts!
    And....like my son always says....if it weren't for the last minute...many things wouldn't get done!!

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  7. Gorgeous gifts!

    I am sewing like a crazy woman. Packages are mailed, but local gifts are still under construction. Baking on the agenda for early next week.

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  8. The pot holders are lovely!
    My Liberty bundle arrived from Westwood at about the same time. I am still cooing over the pretty colours and not ready to cut into them.
    Christmas presents are almost done. Just one side of a quilt's binding left to sew down.

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  9. I still have two stockings to make then maybe I will have time for some pot holders : )

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  10. Just beautiful! Wouldn't it be fun to use these!?

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  11. oh I love these and have always wanted to make some, I even have a package on hand of the insulator fabric-thanks for reminding me

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  12. These are absolutely darling! I'm sure whoever receives these as Christmas gifts will be delighted :o)

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  13. So adorable!! I just love the patchwork..never thought of doing that!!! Love them...

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  14. Gorgeous! So pretty and happy... :-)

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  15. Those are awesome, almost too pretty to use. Lucky recipients!

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  16. So pretty! Oh yes, still making gifts here!

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  17. Pretty fabric. I made a lot of pillowcases and some little wallets (Valori Wells pattern) and a couple of table runners as gifts this year. It's fun to give homemade.

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  18. They are gorgeous Rita! Oh to be on your Christmas list!!

    I have been Christmas sewing too this year. "On-the-Go" Reading pillows for the teachers, a Noodlehead Fold-over bag and a skateboard sling are all on the production line. I might even get to the Christmas stockings for nieces and nephews but that realistically not going to happen!!

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  19. I have made these some potholders this year, but my Janome seems to struggle through all the layers when binding, and skips stitches a lot. It seems I've tried everything!! Any ideas on how to fix this? Joy in Australia

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  20. I agree with your using Liberty fabric for a hard working item--- why not choose beauty when you can? Thanks for the idea

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  21. such pretty pieces, think I would have them hanging on the wall brightening up the kitchen rather than using them and getting then splattered with fat etc

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  22. I love the beautiful Liberty fabrics. Makes you smile looking at them. The potholders are so pretty. Can't imagine using them as they are so pretty.

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  23. Your pot holders are so pretty. My Mum wants me to make a bag for her for Xmas but I haven't started yet, not even decided on fabrics. Finding some workspace on my sewing table is my main issue at the moment. It wouldn't be Xmas if I wasn't putting the finishing touches on a present Xmas Eve!

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  24. Love these brights for the kitchen - cheery!

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  25. These are great. going to make them for next year's Christmas presents, since I have so many wip that have to get done in the next few days.

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  26. I was literally drooling at your first picture of the stacks of Liberty fabric. I absolutely love Liberty fabric, and hoard mine for something special! Maybe I have a little "fabric envy" of your fabrics! And I agree with your philosophy of using the items, getting them dirty and then washing and drying them. Great job.

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  27. Absolutely loved the bright colors of Liberty, these would make me want to be in the kitchen. Would also be great as placemats and napkins.

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  28. These are fantastic! Oh that someone would gift me with something this wonderful!

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