Have you ever seen a double potholder? The only time I've ever seen one was about a year ago at Target when they had the whole Orla Kiely thing happening. I promptly bought it and burned a hole through it as quickly as possible.
The principle behind the double potholder is that traditional potholders protect your hands, but leave your wrists and forearms open to getting burned on hot pans and cookie sheets coming out of the oven. I know I've burned my forearms more than once on a cookie sheet in my pre-double potholder days!
These are super easy to make and make super cute little stocking stuffers. This one is going to my mother-in-law - Merry Christmas Gayle!
2 pieces of fabric, 29 inches long by 6.5 inches wide
4 pieces of contrasting fabric, 7.5 inches long by 6.5 inches wide
3 yards of bias binding
Insul-bright or other insultation (batting), 29 inches long by 6.5 inches wide
First, we need to round out the edges of our fabric to make them like mits. So, grab something with a rounded edge (A bowl works great. I used an awesome bucket from the toy room) and round the 6.5inch edges of all your fabric pieces and Insul-Bright.
(I changed my mind on fabric mid-project. Sorry for the discontinuity!)
Next, grab your bias binding. I'm using some Christmas patchwork I had hanging around to make a scrappy-look binding. Take your mit pieces (the 7.5 x 6.5 pieces), pin them wrong sides together, and apply the bias binding to the straight edge.
Want to quilt your potholder? Awesome! Now is the time. My quilting technique of choice for this project was to outline some of the trees on the fabric with my stitches.
Now, make one big fabric sandwich in the following order, starting at the bottom:
1 Mit piece, right side down
1 Body (long piece), right side down
1 Body piece, right side up
1 Mit piece, right side up
Pin all the layers together.
Grab the rest of your bias binding, and bind away! Snip a little piece (maybe 3 inches) to fold in half and put in the middle for a hanging loop, and make sure you catch that in your binding as well.