Cupcake Potholder Tutorial

If you're like me, potholders take a beating in the kitchen.  They end up stained, burned, and looking pretty humble after a while.  That's the state mine were in, so I bought some fabric and got busy.  WARNING:  This post has LOTS of pictures!
The patterns have been in my stash for a while, but in addition, here are the things you'll need:  contrasting fabric, matching thread, cotton batting, Insul-Bright, pencil, chalk, scissors, sewing machine, ribbon (optional).
Start by placing your patterns on the wrong side of the fabric and trace with a pencil.

You will now layer the pieces in this order:  one piece of batting, one piece of Insulbrite, and the two pieces of fabric with right sides together.
At this point, you are going to cut an opening in the top piece of fabric only.  This will be for 'turning' after you sew the pieces together.  
Do this for the cupcake base and the top.  Next, pin your layers together and sew along the pencil lines.
Sorry for switching back and forth from the base to the top with pictures, but I'm trying not to overload the post with pics!
Next, trim close to your stitching with scissors:
Here's the top sewn and trimmed:
Using the opening that you cut, turn each piece right-side-out.
After turning each piece, I took them over to the ironing board and pressed them.
I'm sure, at this point, you're wondering about those cuts you made and what to do about them.  You're going to hand-sew them closed.  Don't worry about being neat because they will be hidden when the two pieces are put together.  Take a look:
Now it's time to topstitch the cupcake base.  I started in the middle and made lines one-inch apart with chalk.  
Pin a piece of ribbon on the cupcake base for hanging. 
Place the top over that, matching the edges (remember to place the two hand-stitched openings facing each other).  Pin and sew the two together.
Don't forget to take the pin out that was holding the ribbon in place!

Your potholder is done!  There are so many looks you can get with this potholder.  I went with a fun, playful look with this one, but I think they'd be elegant with a toile or floral fabric.  If you don't have a pattern, you can follow these instructions with a square and a rectangle.  

Spring has finally sprung around here and it's garage sale weekend.  I can't wait to see what treasures I can find!  There is also some other news on the horizon...stay tuned, it's not official yet!
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  1. Very cute and easy tutorial! Would be great for a cupcake-themed gift basket.

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    1. I agree, perfect for a cupcake-themed basket! Thank you for stopping by the Cottage, Victoria. Come back again soon!
      Ann

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  2. So cute! Thanks for sharing your pattern!

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    1. Happy to share, Roseann. Thanks for stopping by, come back again soon!

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  3. Good Morning,

    your potholders are just great and above all, they make me think of delicious muffins right away.

    Have a nice day and best regards the Nähbegeisterte

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    1. You're right, Nahbegeisterte, they make me hungry too! Thanks for stopping by the Cottage and have a great week!

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  4. Such great and practical idea!
    #handmademonday

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    1. Thank you, Caroline. These were made out of desperation...my old ones were embarrassing!
      I'm so glad you stopped by - come back again soon!

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  5. This is very cute!! Thank you for the tutorial.

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  6. These are so darn cute, and the tutorial seems like something I can do. Thanks so much for sharing!

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    1. I KNOW you can do it, Lisa! Thanks for stopping by...

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  7. You did a great job making the pot holder. Thanks for sharing this tutorial at our Cooking and Crafting with J & J.

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  8. These pot holders are adorable. They would be fun to use in the kitchen, and make a great gift for the cupcake lover. Thanks for sharing on Sunday's Best.

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    1. Thank you, Rhonda. It's always a pleasure to share at your link party!

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  9. Those are just darling! And I love the trick to turning without having to close up any side openings! :) Lisa

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    1. Can I tell you a secret? The original instructions said to leave an opening at the side for turning...and it looked TERRIBLE! I just couldn't get it smooth, so I did it MY way! LOL
      Thanks for stopping by the Cottage, Lisa.

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  10. These are just so cute, what great house warming gifts they would make.

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  11. So super cute! Thanks for sharing on To Grandma's House We Go!

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    1. Thank you, Christine...so glad you stopped by!

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  13. These are adorable! Really so cute! Thank you for sharing on Merry Monday! Hope to see ya next week!
    Kim

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    1. Thank you, Kim, happy to share and I will see you next week!

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  14. That's a fun idea! Great for gifts all seasons! What are dimensions of your pattern?

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    1. Thank you, Becky. The base is 9 1/4" high X 8 1/4" wide at the top and 5" at the bottom. The top is 8 1/4" wide X 5 1/4" high.

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  15. These are so cute, Ann. I love the fabric you chose and the sweet cupcake shape! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

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  16. What a CUTE pot holder! I love that it forms a little pocket for your fingers! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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    1. Thank you, Marci. Having experienced burned fingers, it's one of my favorite features!
      So glad you stopped by the Cottage - come back again soon!

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  17. These are SO CUTE! Thanks for sharing with Party in Your PJs!

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