I've been sewing sewing sewing! I made myself the cutest new dress. I have a passion for vintage dresses from the fifties. Sadly, they either cost a fortune, are disintegrating or impossible to find in my size.
I started snapping up vintage patterns, again hard to find in my size when you consider that a size 12 was a 32 bust, 23 waist! I've also discovered some vintage pattern reproductions. I'm having a blast. I've got to get the husband to take pictures of me modelling a couple and put them up here!
Today, I made good on my promise and created the pattern for my bird potholder, which is available in this post. Just save the images to your computer. Sorry about the quality of the images. I created them in Photoshop and then realized I had to take them down to jpeg files to work for you all.
I refined the shape and style a little since I am no longer free handing it! ( Sorry Greta! Now you've got the original guinea pig potholder. But it's one-of-a-kind!)
Next I made myself a potholder and photographed it step-by-step so you can now make your own should you chose!
It's a fun little project, fairly simple, taking me about a half hour for potholder #2, now that I know what I'm doing and have a pattern!
Without further ado, the tutorial:
Betsi's Darling Starling Potholder
tutorial and pattern by: Betsi Jenkins
extra wide double-fold bias tape
Print out pattern. Size adjustment may be necessary. Each image should fill a standard 8"x11.5" sheet of computer paper.
Trim extra paper from patterns leaving a border around each image.
Fold fabric once in half, right side out.
Pin underside portion (B) with fold line flush with fabric fold. Pin top portion (A 1,2) so that two identical birds will be cut at once.
Cut out patterns.
Remove underside (B) pattern from fabric. Fold piece of felt in half. Pin underside pattern to felt matching fold line to fabric fold. Cut.
Lay felt out flat. Cut fusible interfacing to size of felt. Iron interfacing to felt, following directions on interfacing.
Lay felt out flat, interfacing side up. Lay underside portion (B) fabric flat on top, right side up. Sew felt to underside fabric 1/4" from edge all around.
Sew on bias tape onto lower semi-circle of one side of pocket mouth. Turn over.
Sew on bias tape from beak to tail on opposite side of bird/pocket, tucking in raw edges from reverse side.
Stuff poly fill into back of bird, lightly filling head, body and tail of bird on both sides. Pin back seam closed. Stitch together.
I'd love to see your finished products if you choose to try this project out. Leave me any questions you have in the comments!