Pinterest Challenge- Rag Quilt Potholder sewing kit

I joined another Busy Bag Swap, actually, two of them!  So, I’ll be sharing lots of ideas in the coming weeks.  Here is the activity I included in the Elementary Craft Bag swap: How to sew a Rag Quilt Potholder.  See below for the instructions that were included.  These kits would also be great to make for Christmas Presents or to include in a travel bag or to keep those hands busy during read-aloud time!

 

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Sew a Rag Quilt Potholder 

**If you decide to reprint these instructions for anyone, please include my website http://ichoosejoy.org    Thanks!

Supplies contained in your kit:  8 pieces of flannel (5” x 5”), 4 pieces of fleece (3” x 3”), spool of thread, needle.

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You supply:  scissors (rag quilt scissors are great for this project), straight pins, washable pencil or marker, ruler

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  1.  Lay your flannel pieces out and decide where you want each color to go–four colors on top and four on the bottom.

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2.  Take the top four pieces of flannel and draw with your washable pencil or marker a square one inch in on all sides and an “x” across the square.

This will be the sewing line.

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3.  Layer the pieces with flannel on the bottom, then fleece square right in the center, and topped with the flannel that has the markings on it.  Pin it.

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4.  Sew together all 3 pieces on the sewing line.  The fleece should be just inside the sewn square, but will be held in place by the “x.”

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5.  After you have 4 pieces sewn, you’ll attach those to each other.  Sew them on the sides first and then the top two pieces to the bottom two pieces.  **For this style you are sewing “backwards” and allowing the seam allowance to show on top.

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6.  Cut each seam allowance in half-inch strips.  Be careful not to cut all the way to the sewing line.

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7.  Wash and dry your potholder so that it will get the “rag quilt” look.

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By the way, this activity was inspired by this pin by Hearts and Trees.

 

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Comments

  1. I love that this is a totally manageable project! I always get extravagant ideas in my head and then get dissuaded from actually doing them, but this really seems doable and a great beginner project for kids! I hope you are having a great start to the Christmas season!

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