If there is anyone on my gift list who deserves a homemade Christmas gift it is Husband.
My guy likes to cook. He likes Doctor Who (because he has excellent taste in science fiction). He also likes to keep his fingers from burning off around the stove. Homemade Dalek potholders? Perfect!
Well that and a healthy dose of OMG! OMG! OMG! Dalek fabric! Must-have-Dalek-fabric-must-make-something-from-Dalek-fabric-yikes-it-is-pricey-I’m-not-making-a-dress-ah ha!-I-will-make-potholders-as-a-stocking-stuffer-instead!
Let’s do this
How to Make Dalek Potholders
For each potholder you will need:
- 1 fat quarter (actually less) of Dalek fabric. I bought the smallest amount of Dalek fabric I could for from Spoonflower. Unfortunately it is discontinued. You can find similar Doctor Who faabric here.
- Old bath towel or this insulated batting.
- Coordinating plain cotton fabric for the back of your potholder. I used what I had in my fabric stash, although you could make your potholders double sided Daleked if you want.
- Paper rectangle pattern in the size you desire plus one inch for a seam allowance on all sides to make sure you cut the three layers for each potholder the same.
- Fabric scissors - one of my fellow costumers got me hooked on these Gingher 8-Inch Knife Edge Dressmaker's Shears. She raved that they are the only scissors she's ever had to buy and loved them so much some of my other friends bought them, raved about them, and so on that I had to treat myself and try them. She's right!
- Straight pins or consider using these fabric clips. They are fantastic for holding thick layers of fabric.
- Sewing machine
1. Use the paper pattern to cut 1 layer of Dalek fabric, 1 layer of the insulated layer (my bath towel is thin so I cut two layers of it), and 1 layer of coordinating backing fabric.
2. Make a layer sandwich. Put the Dalek fabric right side (the Exterminaty side) down on top of the middle layer (the towel.) Now put the coordinating fabric on the top of the not pretty design part of the Dalek fabric.
3. Pin all sides of the potholder layers in place except for a small gap on one of the straight sides. You will use this gap/hole/probably-some-professional-sewing-term-I-don’t know to turn the layers right side out in Step 5.
4. Sew the layers together. Remember mind the gap! (or have a seam ripper handy if you don’t.)
5. Turn the layers right side out through the gap in the fabric.
6. Turn the raw edges of the gap into the hole and pin into place.
7. Top stitch around the outside of the potholder. This will sew the turning gap closed, keep the layers from shifting, and looks mighty pretty and a wee bit more professional.
8. Exterminate those kitchen burns with a Dalek potholder!