HOW TO MAKE A TEA COSY AND POT HOLDER

Mollie Makes - - Living -

MA­TE­RI­ALS 2m (78¾") bias bind­ing (we made ours us­ing Fab­ric 1 and Fab­ric 5) 25cm (97/ 8") em­broi­dery hoop 25cm (97/ 8") rib­bon Tem­po­rary glue Fab­ric marker Ro­tary cut­ter Cut­ting mat Quilt­ing ruler For the pot holder 50cm (19¾") Tula Pink All Stars Solids in Pear (Fab­ric 1) (ours was from www.love­lyjub­bly fab­rics.co.uk) One fat eighth of Tula Pink All Stars Solids in Glacier (Fab­ric 2), Sap­phire (Fab­ric 3) and Hibis­cus (Fab­ric 4) 30.5 x 30.5cm (12 x 12") wad­ding For the tea cosy 75cm (29½") Tula Pink All Stars Solids in Taffy (Fab­ric 5) One fat eighth of Tula Pink All Stars Solids in Putty (Fab­ric 6), Cosmo (Fab­ric 7) and Ca­jun (Fab­ric 8) Two 40.5 x 33cm (16 x 13") pieces of wad­ding

FIN­ISHED SIZE

Pot holder – 26cm (10¼") di­am­e­ter Tea cosy – 34 x 27cm (133/ 8 x 105/ ") 8 It’s morn­ing. Still a lit­tle blearyeyed, you pour the day’s first cup of am­bi­tion. What could pos­si­bly im­prove that fun­da­men­tal brew? Catch­ing a glimpse of this tea cosy and pot holder set cheer­ing up a cor­ner of the kitchen as you savour your ini­tial sip, of course.

This patch­work project is a joy­ous ex­er­cise in the beau­ti­ful pre­ci­sion of cre­at­ing shapes with foun­da­tion pa­per piec­ing. Plus, the tea cosy’ll keep your craft­ing fuel pip­ing hot while you’re at the ma­chine with your next make.

In­struc­tions

On the tem­plates on page 90, the printed side will be the re­verse side of the fin­ished block. The dot­ted out­side lines are the seam al­lowances, the solid black lines are the sew lines and the let­ters in­di­cate the dif­fer­ent sec­tions. The num­bers show the or­der of sewing. Pot holder

01 Cut out the tem­plates for sec­tions A, B, C, D and E on page 90, cut­ting along the dashed lines. Shorten the stitch length on the sewing ma­chine to 1.5 – it’ll be eas­ier to tear the pa­per at the end.

02 On the re­verse side of tem­plate A, place a tiny dot of tem­po­rary glue in the mid­dle of sec­tion A1 and place Fab­ric 3 on top, right side (RS) up. En­sure the en­tire sec­tion is cov­ered plus at least 0.5cm ( ") ex­tra all the way around – a good way to check this is to hold the tem­plate up to the light.

03 Turn the tem­plate back over and fold along the solid line be­tween sec­tions A1 and A2, us­ing a ruler. Trim the edge of the fab­ric to 0.5cm ( ") be­yond the folded pa­per, with­out cut­ting the pa­per.

04 Un­fold the tem­plate and place Fab­ric 1 for A2 RS to­gether against the cut edge of A1. Make

sure when sewn the fab­ric cov­ers the whole sec­tion. Pin in place.

05 With the printed side of the tem­plate fac­ing up, sew along the line be­tween sec­tions A1 and A2, start­ing and end­ing two or three stitches be­yond the printed line. Press the fab­rics open.

06 Re­peat Step 3 to trim the fab­ric 0.5cm (¼") be­yond the line be­tween sec­tions A2 and A3. Add Fab­ric 1 for A3 fol­low­ing Steps 4-5. Con­tinue piec­ing the rest of the sec­tion A in the same way, adding the re­main­ing sec­tions in nu­mer­i­cal or­der us­ing Fab­ric 1.

07 Piece sec­tions B, C, D and E fol­low­ing Steps 2- 6, us­ing the tem­plates and re­fer­ring to the di­a­gram on page 90 for fab­rics and place­ment. Once the sec­tions are com­plete, trim them to the outer dashed line around each sec­tion.

08 Align sec­tions A and B along the straight raw edges with RS to­gether and sew. Press the seams open. Re­peat to join the re­main­ing sec­tions, adding them one by one in al­pha­bet­i­cal or­der. Re­move the pa­per tem­plates, gen­tly tear­ing along the seam lines. The block should now mea­sure 19 x 19cm (7½ x 7½").

09 From Fab­ric 1, cut two 6.4 x 19cm (2½ x 7½") pieces. Sew these to the top and bot­tom of the block with RS to­gether, us­ing a 0.5cm (¼") seam al­lowance. From Fab­ric 1, cut two 6.4 x 29cm (2½ x 11½") pieces. Sew these to the sides of the block with RS to­gether, us­ing a 0.5cm (¼") seam al­lowance.

10 From Fab­ric 1, cut a piece mea­sur­ing 31.75 x 31.75cm (12½ x 12½"). Make a quilt sand­wich by lay­er­ing the back­ing fab­ric RS down, plac­ing the wad­ding on top, then the top RS up. Quilt as de­sired – we top stitched lines from cor­ner to cor­ner to cre­ate a di­ag­o­nal grid.

11 Place the hoop on top, mak­ing sure the ket­tle sits at the cen­tre. Us­ing a fab­ric marker, draw a line around the out­side of the hoop and cut the cir­cle out.

12 Fold a 12.5cm (5") length of rib­bon in half and tack the ends at the top cen­tre of the cir­cle. Open out the bias bind­ing and fold one end to the wrong side ( WS) by 1cm ( 3 /8"). Pin around the out­side of the pot holder with RS to­gether, align­ing the raw edges, then sew. Fold the bind­ing over to the back of the piece and hand or ma­chine stitch in place to fin­ish.

Tea cosy

13 Cut out the tem­plates as per the pot holder tu­to­rial, then re­peat Steps 1-8 to com­plete each sec­tion, re­fer­ring to the di­a­gram on page 90 for fab­rics and place­ment.

14 From Fab­ric 5, cut two 11.5 x 19cm (4½ x 7½") pieces. Sew these

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