Fancy Folded Star Pot Holder





Hi again everyone! It's Maria from Not Only Quilts and I'm so happy to be back here at Moda Bake Shop to share my third tutorial with you all. This time we'll be making a really fancy pot holder!

"Just a pot holder?" you say. "How boring!"

Well, this pot holder is anything but boring; it's fancy and fun to make. =)

And the folded star technique you learn here can be used for so many other things: make it bigger for a pillow cover or make it smaller for an adorable ornament!  It's the perfect way to use a few spare fat quarters for a gift. I recommend you read the entire tutorial before beginning this project.



6 Fat Quarters (Flurry by Kate Spain)
Disappearing marker
Color matched thread
Cotton batting



Step 1 - Selecting fabrics
Choose 4 FQ's (Fat Quarters) that coordinate nicely: these will be your star.


And choose 1 FQ for backing, and 1 FQ for drawing, and sewing on.


Step 2 - Cutting
* Cut (1) 10" x 10" square from your backing fabric and (1) 10 x 10" of your drawing and sewing fabric. For one of these squares I substituted the drawing and sewing one with an ugly fabric from my scrap bin as it won't be visible when we're done). That's all we need and the rest can be placed in your scrap bin.

* We will cut each of the 4 FQ's we selected for the star into (16) 3" x 4" pieces.
First cut (3) 4" strips from the 18" long side of your FQ. We do it from this side to get as much leftover fabric as possible. Then sub-cut these strips in 3" sections until you have 16 (you will get 18 from the strips through). Repeat this for all 4 FQ's.


* From the fabric that you choose as your bottom fabric (see step 5), cut two 5" squares. Split them in half diagonally so you end up with 4 triangles.


* Use the leftovers from one of the star FQ's for binding.


Step 3 - Drawing
On your background square, with a ruler and a pen, draw lines from corner to corner, and then from middle to middle, like this.



Step 4 - Ironing
Bring your 64 rectangles over to your ironing board. On the 4" long side, fold down about a 1/4 inch towards the wrong side of the fabric and iron it. Do this for all rectangles; it gets a little repetitive, yes...



Step 5 - Select layout
Now we're going to select the layout of our star. Here are some of my test versions. You should have 8 pieces in the layout, 2 of each fabric. I ended up going with #1 because it felt nicely tied together when it started and ended with the same color and slowly faded to blue and back to green.



Step 6 - Creating the star base
Now we're going to start making the star. First we need to get all the pieces in place, keep the test version you decided to go with next to you when doing this for reference, as it's easy to accidentally get the fabric in the wrong order.

Start with the vertical line; place your centerpiece exactly by the horizontal line the fold at the line, right side up while still centered over the vertical line. A scant ½" down, place your next piece and pin in place, this distance has to be the same all around your star so it's very important you keep it still.  In my photo below, you can see my reference pile next to it. =)


Place the rest of the pieces a scant 1/4" down from each other's edges and pin in place. Try to keep this measurement the same all around your star since your star will be wonky otherwise.

Repeat for the other side of the line until you have this. Make sure the top pieces on each side touch but don't overlap. This is very important.


Draw a line in the middle of your pieces (5" in from the edge) using a disappearing marker and sew along the line using your walking foot - otherwise you risk your pieces shifting. Choose a thread that blends in nicely with your bottom fabric (in my case, the solid green) because it will be most visible there.


Remove the pins from your first row so you can flip the fabric from side to side. Complete your second row using the exact same measurements, carefully folding away the already stitched in place row and keeping your top piece touching them, but not overlapping, like this.


Draw your centerline with the disappearing marker and sew in place. This time you have to first sew one side, and then the other so backstitch a few stitches in the center.

Now we've come to the diagonal rows. This is where it get's a little bulky but as long as you take your time to make sure that the center of your top fabric really meet the others without overlapping, you will be able to get a beautiful star.


Do this for all 4 diagonal lines. Draw a centerline (you can draw it from the middle fold to the drawn line on your background fabric) and sew in place.  Voila! You've sewn all of your pieces in place. Now it is time for folding! =)


Step 7 - Folding your star
This step might seem complicated but it really isn't, it just requires patience and maybe one or two practice folding rounds. So the first time, you might want to just pin in place and see where that leaves you because it can be a little tricky to get the folds even the first time.

Many of the written descriptions below can seem very confusing, however, just click the photo below them and enlarge it and it should become crystal clear what I'm trying to get across. =)

Separate two piles of fabric by flipping them to the sides, like this.


Starting on your right hand side, take the top piece, fold it over, wrong side towards wrong side so you get a triangle with a little leftover at the bottom. Enlarge the photo below and you'll see exactly what I mean.


Lie it down towards the scrap fabric like so.


And fold it back over towards the seam again, right side to right side and the first fold is done!


While holding onto your right side fold, do the same thing to the left one. Fold it wrong side towards wrong side.


Lie it down towards the scrap fabric and then fold it back over towards the seam on the left side.


And the first star center is complete! Now we only need to do the single folds for the rest of the pieces.

On the right side (always start from the same side), fold it down, wrong side to wrong side like we did with the first two pieces.


Then simply lay it over your already folded pieces.


Fold the left one the exact same way.



While holding the one's you've already folded in place, fold the next layer too.


Pin in place.

And then sew a sort of V shaped row of stitches, high enough to secure all three layers but away from the parts that will be visible when folded, like this.


Fold two more and stitch again.


And repeat. Make sure you remove all pins after sewing because it will be very difficult to retrieve them afterward. =)

For the last fabric, only pin in place... don't sew yet.


Repeat 8 times, until the star is ready. Admire your hard work a little before continuing.


Now you can add batting and backing, sew around the edges, and cut a circle to make a round potholder. I preferred a squared one so I'll be attaching some corners to it.


Step 8 - Finish the front
Now we're going to take the 4 triangles we've already cut and use them to make our piece square. I made them big so no matter how you've folded, they should cover your ends. I can't give you exact measurements here as it depends a little on how far apart you've placed your pieces and how you've folded. So here we do a little trial and error. Place your triangles wrong side up far enough up to cover the folds of your star but low enough to cover the corners when folded down, again a couple of pictures are more explanatory I think:


Before stitching, flip over your pinned triangles to make sure they cover all they should, like so:


Stitch along your pinned rows to get them in the correct position. Trim off the triangle edges sticking out.

Step 8 - Back, batting and quilting
Add batting (I use just one layer of normal cotton batting, this potholder has so many layers of fabric, you really don't need any extra protection from heat when using it) and backing to your little potholder. Baste and quilt as desired, I choose to do a simple echo of the star shape.

Step 9 - Binding
I know most of you already know how to do this, so then just skip this part and bind with your preferred method. But I remember from making my very own first potholders how difficult it was to get a decent looking edge and hanger on the darn thing, so in case there's anyone else out there like me a few years back, this section is for you =)

Cut two  2" long strips from your desired binding fabric from the 18" end, join them to make one continuous binding strip.  We're going to make single fold binding, so 2" wide is wide enough.

Fold the strip in half, wrong sides together and iron it, then open it up and iron the edges towards the center fold, something like this. I know mine doesn't match perfectly (I got lazy and made it with my bias band maker).


Start in one corner of your potholder. On the wrong side of your potholder, pin your binding wrong side up from the very end and start sewing from the top. Use a 1/4 inch seam allowance.


Sew until you're a 1/4 inch away from the bottom edge. Backstitch and clip your thread.


At the corner, fold back your binding to a 45 degree angle, like so:


Fold it back at the right edge down towards the next side you're about to sew. Again, this sounds more complicated then it is. Just look at the photo and then you start your stitching 1/4" from the edge where the little arrow is, it will be exactly in line with your last row of stitching. Be careful not to catch your fold with your stitching when backstitching.


Continue around 3 corners but don't do the last one, so you'll end up with these flips on 3 corners.


When you come to the last corner, stop an inch or so before the end. Take the starting point binding and pin it in place around the front.


Sew the final inch or so all the way to the edge.


You should have a fairly long piece leftover at this point. You can now shorten it to 4" sticking out over the edge.

Fold over your binding and pin in place, making sure you get pretty 45 degree corners as you go. I'm normally very lazy and never pin my bindings, but for this part of the tutorial I wanted to show the recommended way of doing it when you're a beginner - to ensure an even and nice looking binding as it easily slips away from you when machine sewing it in place if you're not used to it. =)


Before you sew it all in place, take the hanger piece sticking out and fold it back over itself, right sides together, and 1/8" from the edge, sew a few stitches back and forth to close it.


Flip it back and into the fold with the seam like so.


Now start stitching at the end of the hanger, closing it off as you go and follow it all the way around. Stop a few inches from the end and flip the hanger underneath the end so you make the little loop with the same seam as you end the binding.



One ~10" big, super fancy folded star potholder! A lovely but usable decoration for your own kitchen, or the perfect gift for the person who has everything!





I hope you've enjoyed reading this tutorial as much as I enjoyed making it! If you end up making one of these, I'd love to see it! Please send me an email {maria@idztech.com} with a picture, as I'd be so happy to  feature it on my blog =)

Maria Wallin

85 comments:

PinkGranny said...

I love it!!! It is a refreshing look for the little cloth that does a lot. I like the colors and am impressed with the finished product!

Dawn said...

Whoa. Craziness! I love it!! :)

Jeni said...

This is so neat! I read it but need to read it again...phew. Thanks for sharing.

Sundays Child said...

WOW! This has to be the most beautiful pot holder I have ever seen. IF I was ever able to make one (highly unlikely) it would be framed and hanging on the wall. hee hee Gorgeous work, love the colours too. Thank you for taking the time to share this tutorial with us.
Julie Andrea

The Tulip Patch said...

I LOVE a good potholder and I'd never knock a potholder recipe! One thing...this is way too pretty to spill su-getti sauce on :)

Stephanie A said...

Wow!

Hope said...

Wonderful. So different to anything I've seen before. Looks great.

Florence said...

Wow !!! Awesome !!!

MARIA said...

Wow.... I have no words...Thanks for sharing.

Quiltjane said...

Fabulous. I would love to make a whole quilt using this method.

Maria said...

Totally cool! Must try this! Thanks!

Wag Doll said...

Wow, So intricate it's a work of art!
Beautiful! x

meg99 said...

Beautiful!
I wanna try!

Sharon Tries to Quilt said...

Craziness indeed. My mind reels looking at that this early in the morning. It's beautifully made and presented.

Susan Fangman said...

I love it! It reminds me of some potholders my Grandma made, probably in the 70's I am guessing because of her green and brown color scheme. Thanks for reminding me of her today!

Belinda said...

Oh Man! That is so cool! What a great tutorial!

Marie said...

Absolutely beautiful and so easy to understand. Thank you.

Marie said...

Absolutely beautiful and so easy to understand - the photos were very helpful.

2MuchFun said...

WOW!!!

Ann Marie said...

WOW!!! I am in LOVE with this pot holder. I am also in need of potholders, so I will give this one a try very very soon.

supermom said...

I made one of these folded stars as a small wall hanging, years and years ago at a craft workshop but had long ago lost the directions. Thanks for reviving an old classic into something new.

lrstitched.com said...

WOW this is an amazing tute and the potholder is a showstopper!!

Connie said...

Beautiful! I never knew how this was done, your tutorial is wonderful, thanks!

The Little Shop of Stitches said...

Oh my goodness, this is BEE-YOU-TE-FULL! Thanks for this fantastic tutorial!

Kim Q said...

Wow...gorgeous! But that's got to be one of the heaviest pdf files I've ever downloaded. LOL

Reme said...

Beautiful, beautiful.
Gracias

Behind Margery's Daw! said...

That is a LOVELY piece of work and I can guarantee you that if I made one (which I think I may just have to) I would be very loathed to use it to pick up dirty pans!!

A really clear tutorial for something so complicated.

Love Marge x

Beth said...

Gorgeous, and you make it sound and look doable!

Becky said...

Pot holder!?! Heck, I'd frame that! LOL Thanks! It's lovely.

Gidget said...

That is so cool...great gift idea!

Anonymous said...

It's beautiful! Great gift idea. Whether I am going to try is different story..., but love it!

Suzanne said...

That is beautiful!

Sallie said...

WOW, I'm blown away!

Megan said...

WOW--what an awesome potholder. Am I brave enough to attempt it? Maybe. I love the texture of the star.

Anonymous said...

Wow, this is amazing!!

Pauline said...

What a work of art!

Cherie said...

Just gorgeous! Think I'll do a pillow :)

Donna S. said...

Lovely!! But as a beginner looks scary as heck!!

Maryjean said...

I love this so much! I hope to make them as Christmas gifts, if I can do it. But, I think, if I follow your great step by step instruction I can do it.

VickiT said...

I just love the look of these. I'd seen them a few years ago but haven't tried one yet. Thank you for the awesome instructions.

madrekarin said...

Pot holder? More like piece of art! It's beautiful. Now to try and tackle one. :)

Hillbilly Tonya said...

This I LOVE. Wonderful, thank you!

Melanie@Crafty Cupboard said...

Amazing! Like braiding fabric! I'd totally go the pillow route for it because I can see my husband putting a drippy pot of red sauce on it! :) I'm in awe.

Anonymous said...

This is a FABULOUS project!! I would love to make many of these for gifts-hopefully I can figure out the directions. Thank you very much!!

Deanna

terremt said...

The potholder looks like alot of fun. and I am going to try it.

terremt said...

Love the folded star. will be making this one.

María said...

Es una obra de arte; queda muy hermosa!!!

Jules said...

Oh I love this......am going to have to give it a go later on :)

Joy Burkhart said...

This is so lovely - after you get passed all the folding! Worth it in the end.

porn addiction said...

This has to be the most beautiful pot holder I have ever seen. The colors and impressed with the finished product. It is such a very much attractive.

Hannah Huey said...

I think I will try it today! =)

Desert Rose said...

Saw these in a quilt shop in Lancaster County this weekend and remembered my aunt making them many years ago. I am so excited to have clear directions so I can try it! Thanks for a great tutorial.

Ellen said...

So pretty! I think I'd put it in an embroidery hoop & hang it on the wall though. I'm terribly messy in the kitchen and I wouldn't want it getting tomato sauce on it!

Pam - said...

Absolutely beautiful. If I get the nerve up to make one, I'd dare anyone to use it on a pot or pan in my kitchen! Never, ever!! Thanks for the wonderful instructions!

Katie said...

This is going close to the top of my list of projects to do. I love it and it would make a great gift!

Maria Wallin said...

So glad to hear so many of you like it! =)

Those of you who are worried about using yours though, they're really hardy as long as you sew them down just like I showed in the tutorial. I machine wash and use mine for years (the ones I don't accidentally put over the flame on the gas stove... They burn really well ^^) in the kitchen so they're not as delicate as they may look. =)

Wienerwane said...

Wish I was home and not at work so I can make this!!! Torture pure torture!!!

Ann Vintage said...

Awesome!

slfranks4 said...

This is positively stunning! Thank you so much for sharing!!

Lucy said...

Awesome. This is the prettiest potholder that I have ever seen, much too nice to use.

Carol Westover said...

Awesome! What a great Christmas gift these would make! I came across this site while looking for quilt fabric preparation tips. Great site! Thanks for making the instructions for this project so clear. And, I even got clarification on mitered corners! I think I can actually do them now!

nancy said...

I'm so excited to see this pattern! I have some that were given to me years ago & I've always wondered how to make them! Now I know & will make some for Christmas gifts for quilting friends! Thank you!

cookiekeney said...

I love this pot holder. Your tutorial was wonderful to follow and I made one. Can't tell you how long it took to make, it would go a lot quicker the next time I make one. I'm sure everyone in the family will want one when they see it. Six kids, 13 grandkids, yup. Thanks so much for sharing with us. If I can figure out how to post a picture I will do that. One of the grandskids will help I am sure. Thanks, Judy

lroghair/lparks said...

Love this! I'm trying to make it, but that center star does not want to behave!! It is very pretty though! Thx for the tutorial.

Татьяна said...

Это просто нереальная красота, очень очень красиво! Спасибо огромное за такой подробный, пошаговый и понятный мастер-класс :)

juany said...

Bello !!!!!

Karin said...

great tutorial! Looks complicated, but I think it will be easy with your clear instructions and wonderful pictures! My mom had potholders similar to these when I was little - in brown and orange, LOL! I'd love to make some in updated colors!

Encarni said...

MuchaS gracias por el tutorial. Saludos Encarni desde España

LoLa said...

Precioso trabajo, fantastico tutorial, muchas gracias.
Saludos desde España
Lola

merce said...

UnymaMuchas gracias por compartir este precioso trabajo.
Merce

Grannys Hydrangeas said...

I LOVE IT!! So pretty!! Wish I could do it! Thanks for sharing.

redrustycar said...

I just made another one of these awesome things completely from scraps. I don't really measure so mine always end up slightly wonky but I still love them!

I emailed you a picture and here is my blog post with a couple pictures.... here

Hanki said...

Wow, what a piece of art! This is amazing! I will have to try it! Thank you for tutorial!

Оленка said...

Thank you very much for the step by step instructions. They help me to create tiny pillow for needle http://domahozyushka.blogspot.ch/2012/12/blog-post_11.html

Geta Grama said...

A fun technique, endless possibilities. Thank you, Maria, for taking the time to write this tutorial and for inspiration.

doni brune said...

Just happened to find this when I tried a search for "stars" and now I am so excited to try it. It looks like a good "therapy project" when you need something to get your mind busy and forget about work or how tired you are of cold gloomy weather. LOL One idea I have is that it would make a cute "taggy" baby toy in bright colors with lots of pretty ribbon loops around it. You could even add a layer of the crinkly foil paper inside to make it more interesting for baby. Wouldn't that make an impressive handmade baby shower gift!

ش.ی.و.آ said...

I love it.Thank you for sharing this wonderful tutorial.

Alicia Pugh said...

It is beautiful. Instead of a potholder It could be enlarged & I see it as the center of a bed quilt.

Rockester said...

Many years ago (25-30) we made these for wall hangings in hoops or frames! I first saw this in Better Homes and Gardens back then. Lovely work you did here and glad to see fabric showcased again this way. I love fabric folded and made dimensional.

Bev Katheder said...

I would love to print this out for my files but do not know how to. please help

Maria Wallin said...

Thanks everyone for your kind and heartwarming comments! <3

Bev, you're a no-reply blogger so I couldn't email you a reply so I hope you'll look here again. At the bottom of the post there's a link to a printer friendly version, it's available here: http://www.unitednotions.com/MBS-fancy-folded-star-pot-holder.pdf

Hope this helps ^^

Marilyn said...

I am starting to make it now! Can't wait to see how mine turns out. Thank you for this tutorial.

noemi said...

Hola, la combinación de telas es preciosa.
El tutorial superbién explicado.
Un trabajo muy bien echo.
Gracias por compartir tus conocimientos.

Molly Paolozza said...

Love the tute. Extremely easy to follow. Even I did not get lost. Once I have bound I will send you a pic.

Helena said...

Lindo trabalho e maravilhoso tutorial!
Quando a minha estrela ficar pronta mandarei uma foto.
Parabéns e obrigada.