In celebration of the publication of Martha Stewart's Encyclopedial of Sewing & Fabric Crafts and as a special treat for Purl Bee readers Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia is sharing this adorable pattern for Heart Shaped Potholders from the book. We think these would make perfect housewarming gifts!  The book will be released on March 30, 2010, you can pre-order a copy of the book from us right here.  Happy Sewing! --The Purl Bee

Materials

  • Heart-shaped pot holder pattern template, download here.
  • Appx 1/2 yard cotton batting, cut into 3 12 inch squares
  • Appx 1/2 yard cotton fabric, cut into 12 inch squares
  • 1 yard bias tape

How-To

Print three copies of pot holder pattern:

Cut one along the solid line for the fabric hearts.
Cut one along the inner dotted line for the batting.
Cut one along the diagonal line for the fabric pockets.

Stack 3 layers of cotton batting and fold them in half; align the batting template’s straight edge with the fold, and cut it out.

Fold 3 stacked 12-inch squares of cotton fabric in half; align the heart template’s straight edge with the fold, and cut it out.

Lay the pocket template on one folded fabric heart; cut on the diagonal line for pocket. Pin bias tape in place along the straight edges of the pockets and sew; backstitch the ends.

Layer the pieces, starting with a fabric heart (face down), batting, another fabric
heart (face up), and pockets (face up); pin. Sew along the outside edge, with a
1/4-inch seam allowance. Trim the edge as close to the stitching as possible.

Sew the bias tape to the heart, starting at the top center and folding the ends
under. Sew a 5-inch piece of bias tape, ends turned under, into a loop. Pin and stitch to pot holder.