Have you ever gone to grab the soup you heated up in the microwave only to find it is too hot to handle? You let go of the bowl and end up spilling the soup. These potholders are the perfect solution.
You can place your bowl in your this potholder and then into the microwave and heat. When the timer goes off you can just grab the potholder by the corners and you can safely remove your bowl. Not only is this potholder contoured to fit your bowl but it is also microwave safe. It prevents burns and spills, it is easy to make, and it is a great stash buster.
There are a ton of tutorials on the internet on how to make them. Instead of writing yet another tutorial, I thought I would share one of my favorites. Then I will use this post to explore Sewing 201 – Darts.
What you will need to make the potholder:
2 10.5″ squares of fabric
2 10″ batting squares (the batting must be 100% cotton.. I use Wrap ‘N Zap by the Warm company. The one thing that I do differently than than the video is that I use 2 pieces of batting, one for each side of the potholder.)
Rotary cutter, mat, 10.5″ square, coordinating thread, pins, scissors, and marking pen.
The batting is cut smaller than the exterior fabric to reduce bulk in the seams.
Prepare the exterior panel. Be sure you have allowed for the seam allowance.
Once the the batting is pinned to the exterior fabric it’s time to do the darts.
So what is a dart, anyway? A dart is a folded wedge of fabric that is tapered and stitched to give shape to flat fabric. The darts make the bowl shape in our microwave potholder. They also can make a tote roomier and pants more flattering. They shape the bust line.. Darts are what save garments from looking like potato sacks.
I learned Sewing 101 from my grandmother and mother but Sewing 201 was taught by my 4-H sewing leader, Mrs.. Drumwright. Mrs. Drumwright taught me about darts. She would say, “There are only two things to remember about darts. Mark accurately. Finish professionally.”
Darts have a base, legs, fold and a point or apex. They change the shape of the fabric. The base is the widest part of the dart where the fabric comes together. The legs are the stitching lines. The dart point is the end of the dart.
Marking the dart:
Accuracy is crucial so take your time and mark carefully. For the purpose of the potholder we will use a marking pen but there are other methods of marking depending on the fabric you are using, Fold the exterior piece with the batting pinned in place in half and mark the base 3/4″ into the fabric.
Next we will mark the apex or the point 3″ down. Now we will mark the legs by connecting the two points. This gives us the stitch line. We will repeat that for all four darts. I like my fold on the right side of the fabric. This means that the remaining fabric is always outside the throat of the machine.
Sewing the dart:
Begin at the base of the dart and stitch towards the point. When stitching a dart use a stitch length between 2.5 for lightweight fabric and 3.5 heavier fabric. Because of the batting, I use 3.0 when stitching my potholders. When you reach the point or the apex, DO NOT BACKSTITCH. At the point stitch off the fabric for a few stitches. Cut the thread leaving a tail. You will already have a sort of twisty knot in the thread but knot the thread a couple of more times. Cut the thread leaving a little tail.
Normally I would press my darts using a tailor’s ham. This prevents nipple-wrinkle. (I am not sure if that’s what it’s really called but that’s what Mrs. Drumwright called it.) I didn’t use the tailor’s ham to press out these darts in my potholder but I don’t think the bowl we put in the potholder is that concerned about a little wrinkle in the point of the dart..
Now that you have completed your potholder in time for Super Bowl Sunday, here is a little something to put in it to take with you to the Super Bowl Party.
Chili Cheese Dip
1 can Dennison’s Chili (hot or mild)
8 oz. package of cream cheese
Green onions for garish
Put the chili and cream cheese into a microwave safe bowl. Nestle the bowl into your microwaveable potholder and microwave approximately 2 minutes. Remove from microwave and stir. This will blend the cream cheese into the chili. Place it back into the microwave for another two minutes. Garnish with sliced green onions. Serve warm. This is great with Frito’s Scoops.
Enjoy your microwave potholder!