Patterns, Sewing

Handmade Potholders from the Flower City Pattern Testers

As always, pattern testers are amazing! They really help clarify instructions and perfect the pattern. The Flower City Potholders pattern is better because of their hard work and ideas. 

They have some great creative twists, with patchwork and paper pieced sections. I hope they inspire you to try the potholders and add your own creative ideas!

Here are a few Flower City Potholders made by my testers:

This beautiful set was made by Colleen. Her quilting lines are perfect! You can see her other sewing projects @skootchover on Instagram.

Flower City Potholder Set | Kitchen Gifts | Radiant Home Studio

Margareth made her square potholders with some beautiful paper pieced designs from Lori Holt’s Farm Girl Vintage quilt book. (that’s an affiliate link) And then she used some hexie flowers from her unfinished project pile to embellish the double-pocket potholder, which you can see @maggiemadebags on Instagram.

Flower City Potholder Set | Kitchen Gifts | Farm Girl Vintage Quilt Blocks | Paper Pieced | Radiant Home Studio

Kristin made a lovely set of coordinating potholders and oven mitt. I love the autumn tones and contrast binding she chose. She also took a great side photo of the oven mitt so you can see the thumb joint. You can see more of her pretty sewing projects @watersidehearth on Instagram.

Flower City Potholder Set | Kitchen Gifts | Radiant Home Studio

Flower City Potholder Set | Kitchen Gifts | Radiant Home Studio

Daryl is always quick to finish her sewing projects. I love how she matched the fabric to her bowls perfectly! This is the best part about making your own kitchen linens…you can always find the perfect match! See more of Daryl’s sewing @patchoulimoonstudio on Instagram.

Flower City Potholder Set | Kitchen Gifts | Radiant Home Studio

Julie used this “eye-catching” fabric for a fun take on potholders. I like the contrasting white binding on the dark fabric. You can see more of Julie’s makes (clothes and kids stuff too!) @isewdoncjesuis on Instagram.

Flower City Potholder Set | Kitchen Gifts | Radiant Home Studio

Margaret used a solid blue linen with some pink and orange accents. You can see her lovely quilting and sewing projects @mcglen on Instagram.

Flower City Potholder Set | Kitchen Gifts | Radiant Home Studio

Laura made these pretty potholders that will add some fun color to her kitchen. Laura shares her sewing projects @stitchesbylaura on Instagram. 

Flower City Potholders | Radiant Home Studio


Susi sewed her potholders using some fun scraps she had left! Maybe the soccer mom in your life would enjoy a themed oven mitt like this one. Susi shares more projects @junglepearls on Instagram.

Flower City Potholder Set | Kitchen Gifts | Radiant Home Studio

Danette tried out the extra patchwork directions and was able to use up some coordinating scraps to make these happy potholders! She shares more projects at Nettie Sews

Flower City Potholder Set | Kitchen Gifts | Radiant Home Studio
Patterns

Introducing the Flower City Potholders Sewing Pattern

It’s been a while, but today I’m introducing a new sewing pattern! The Flower City Potholders sewing pattern is a simple and modern potholder set for your kitchen. It includes a basic square potholder with a pocket, a long double-pocket potholder for casserole dishes, and a stylish oven mitt.

Flower City Potholders | Modern Potholder Sewing Pattern | DIY Hot Pads and Oven Mitt | Radiant Home Studio

You may be wondering, why a potholder pattern when there are so many freebies out there? Last year, when I looked for a simple potholder pattern with clear directions, I struggled to find something modern and quick, that also including great instructions and safety information. I created a free tutorial for the square potholder and it quickly became one of my most popular posts ever.

In the Flower City Potholders pattern, I streamlined the instructions, created diagrams, and added the coordinating oven mitt and double-pocket potholder. I’ve updated the binding technique and instructions to simplify the sewing process for beginners.

Flower City Potholders | DIY Sewing Pattern for Kitchen | Radiant Home Studio

Personally, I think it’s nice to actually use the items I make for my home. I wanted something easy to make, so I didn’t mind getting them dirty and making new ones, while still adding a beautiful handmade touch to my home.

While the freebie potholder pattern is still good, I know you’ll appreciate the printable pattern pieces, including alignment notches and quilting lines, as well as the step-by-step illustrations and coordinating designs.

In addition, the pattern includes bonus instructions for making your own bias binding from a fat quarter and instructions for patchwork piecing sections of the potholders. 

These make beautiful & practical housewarming gifts for your friends, so please make some and share them!

You may also use the pattern to make and sell potholders for craft fairs and home-based business. 

Read more about the Flower City Potholder pattern and purchase it here. 

Embroidery, Sewing, Tutorials

Sew a Sunglasses Case with Scraps & Kantha Stitching

Summertime means sunglasses! I usually have mine on my head, but sometimes I want to throw them in my bag with a layer of protection. This sunglasses case is a great way to use up scraps and practice some kantha stitching. (Kantha is just a fancy word for Indian style running stitches and they don’t even have to be perfect!)

 

Sew a Sunglasses Case with Scraps & Kantha Stitching | DIY Handmade Sunglasses Pouch | Radiant Home Studio

Sew a Sunglasses Case with Scraps & Kantha Stitching | DIY Handmade Sunglasses Pouch | Radiant Home Studio

Here’s a quick tutorial so you can sew a sunglasses case that will use up scraps and help protect your lenses. I made the pattern big enough for oversized sunglasses. If you have a slim pair or want to use it for reading glasses, you can adjust the size by trimming it down when you get partway through.

Remember that kantha stitching is meant to be quick and easy. You can thread the needle through 4-8  stitches before pulling the thread. Don’t worry about perfect spacing or alignment. The imperfections are what give it a beautiful handmade look.

Sew a Sunglasses Case with Scraps & Kantha Stitching | DIY Handmade Sunglasses Pouch | Radiant Home Studio

This type of pouch is useful for other little items too, so be creative! If you change the size slightly, it makes a great little protective phone cover. Or you could make it bigger and use it to cover an iPad.

(This post contains affiliate links which means I make a small commission when you make a purchase. Thanks!)

How to Sew a Sunglasses Case with Scraps & Kantha Stitching

Finished size: approximately 4″ x 7″

Materials & Tools:

  • fabric scraps in coordinating colors (about ten 12″ x 1.5″ strips)
  • one larger piece of fabric about 10″ square for the lining
  • fusible fleece (about 10″ square)
  • coordinating embroidery floss (I like pearl embroidery floss for this project.)
  • embroidery needle (I like these Sashiko needles. They are long so you can make multiple stitches at a time.)
  • rotary cutter & mat (You can do without, but measuring and cutting are much faster and easier!)

Sewing Instructions:

1. Cut out several strips of fabric about 12″ long and 1-2″ wide. They can be variable widths and do not need to be perfect! If you like making improv quilt blocks, that’s exactly what you need to do here. In fact, you can be more creative and sew other shapes and designs if you like.

Kantha Stitched Sunglasses Case | DIY Handmade Sunglasses Pouch | Radiant Home Studio

2. Lay out your strips in the order you want to sew them together. Place the first 2 strips right sides together and stitch with a 1/4″ seam allowance along the long edge. Press and continue to add the rest of the strips in the same manner.

Sew a Sunglasses Case with Scraps & Kantha Stitching | DIY Handmade Sunglasses Pouch | Radiant Home Studio

Sew a Sunglasses Case with Scraps & Kantha Stitching | DIY Handmade Sunglasses Pouch | Radiant Home Studio

3. Trim the sewn-together strips to about 10″ x 9″. Cut a piece of fusible fleece the same size and fuse it to the wrong side of the fabric. (Note: If you think the fusible fleece will be too thick to hand stitch, you can use a lightweight interfacing on this layer and add fusible fleece to the lining layer instead.)

4. Begin stitching across the vertical stripes, slightly off center with close rows of running stitches. Again, these aren’t supposed to be perfect. They are supposed to be quick! Fill in a section with about 1.5″ of stitching. Finish filling in the other sections with close rows of running stitches perpendicular to the first section.

Sew a Sunglasses Case with Scraps & Kantha Stitching | DIY Handmade Sunglasses Pouch | Radiant Home Studio

Sew a Sunglasses Case with Scraps & Kantha Stitching | DIY Handmade Sunglasses Pouch | Radiant Home Studio

5. Once you finish stitching, your fabric will be slightly smaller and probably not square again. Wrap it around your glasses and figure out if you need to trim the rectangle. To make it the same size as mine, it should be about 9″ x 8″ at this point. Be sure to leave about 1/2″ of seam allowance on all sides. (Below, I had already trimmed the corners…this is in the next step.)

 

Sew a Sunglasses Case with Scraps & Kantha Stitching | DIY Handmade Sunglasses Pouch | Radiant Home Studio

6. Cut a solid piece of fabric to match the size of the quilted rectangle. (If you prefer a more sturdy case, you can add some medium-weight interfacing to this layer as well.)

7. Place the quilted rectangle and the lining right sides together. Fold in half. Trim off one outer corner about 1″ from each edge.

Sew a Sunglasses Case with Scraps & Kantha Stitching | DIY Handmade Sunglasses Pouch | Radiant Home Studio

8. Stitch around the outside edge, pivoting at the corners, using a 3/8″ seam allowance, leaving a 2″ opening on one side. Trim the bulk from the corners and turn inside out. Press.

Sew a Sunglasses Case with Scraps & Kantha Stitching | DIY Handmade Sunglasses Pouch | Radiant Home Studio

Sew a Sunglasses Case with Scraps & Kantha Stitching | DIY Handmade Sunglasses Pouch | Radiant Home Studio

Sew a Sunglasses Case with Scraps & Kantha Stitching | DIY Handmade Sunglasses Pouch | Radiant Home Studio

9. Fold the lining sides together. Whipstitch across the bottom and side near the edge, pulling tight as you stitch. Finish just below the angled corner with a small knot. (You can also machine topstitch, but the thickness of the fabric may be too much for some basic sewing machines.)

Sew a Sunglasses Case with Scraps & Kantha Stitching | DIY Handmade Sunglasses Pouch | Radiant Home Studio

Sew a Sunglasses Case with Scraps & Kantha Stitching | DIY Handmade Sunglasses Pouch | Radiant Home Studio

Sew a Sunglasses Case with Scraps & Kantha Stitching | DIY Handmade Sunglasses Pouch | Radiant Home Studio

That’s it! Make beautiful gifts for your friends, use up scraps, and enjoy the sunshine!

Also, linking up with: Sew Can She, Saturday Sharefest, & Craftastic Monday

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