Rainbow Scrappy: Sunshine Pot Holder Tutorial

Hello!  A new fun sewing project to brighten up the daily house wife tasks ; ). I've sewn up a beautiful pot holder for my kitchen - it might be too nice because every time I use it I make sure to not get anything on it and hang it up right after using it!

The method for sewing this is a bit different as seams are not sewn together, and other are kept open. Open seams can be sewn down to be extra secure, or left open it's up to you. I did half and half as you'll see.

The inspiration for this came from paper piecing but gives much different results. It's easy to get the hang of it and find interesting places to fit little scraps.
I hope you enjoy the first of my Rainbow Scrappy tutorials. I hope to keep bringing them to you throughout the year. Enjoy!

Lots of scraps; little ones work well
Special heat batting, I used a double layer of 9" squares
White foundation fabric, 8" square
Backing, binding & loop fabric: 9" square, 2.5"x36" binding strip, 8"x1.5" loop strip
Usual quilting supplies: mat, rotary cutter, ruler, thread, sewing machine, basting spray, thread
(note: directions correspond with photos from top left to bottom right, 1-4)

1. Scrappy Rainbow block detail.
2. Divide up scraps: yellow, orange, red, purple, blue, green
3. Cut out foundation piece and draw circles evenly around the 8" square. The center circle is about 1.5". I added the color of the circle into each ring so as not to get confused. I started with yellow in the middle, but you can choose what ever you'd like!
4. Pick out the scraps you want to use for each color and press.

5. Starting with yellow select two pieces to start. 1"x2" approximate in length.
6. Place the fist piece right side up and line up the second piece with an edge. Sew with a less than 1/4" seam, getting right next to the edge. Trim threads, finger press open.
7. Repeat steps with a third piece (and 4th or 5th if needed), filling in the empty space as you go. Over lap raw edges when you can.
8. Once a few pieces are sewn down press with an iron.
9. Orange scraps are next; a large triangle covers the edges a few scraps as it's sewn down. Angle the pieces to create a curve.
10. This next square scrap gets turned on it's corner for an interesting fit.
11. Orange scrap when turned fills in a blank spot. Continue adding pieces until the ring is complete.
12. The ring of orange scraps are trimmed to a rough circle and the loose edges are sewn down.
13. Red scraps are next. Here is a detail of each step when sewing scraps in place; place the scrap right side down on the edge of scraps beneath it. Sew close to the edge making sure to get the edges of the scraps underneath too.
14. Turn the scrap and make sure it covers up the white foundation fabric.
15. Sew the exposed edge down to the foundation
16. Continue adding in scraps in any order, making sure the white foundation fabric is covered and most seams are secured with top stitching. Press down as you go. When complete trim to make a circle.
17. Purple scraps are added, some here others there. Press as you go. Sizes are 1/2" to 2" depending on scraps and spaces. Squares, triangles and rectangle are included.
18. Continue adding, pressing, sewing, trimming until another circle is complete.
19. Blue scraps get added to the outside edge, here I am feeling comfortable with the piecing method and try sewing scraps at an angle, and in front & behind of others.
20. Scraps are sewn in a row one on top of another. This works almost.
21. A window of white shows through once the scraps are turned, that is fixed with another scrap sewn in behind the line.
22. A blue circle is complete, press well and head into the green scrap pile.
23. The green ring is the last one. Sew scraps just like before, filling in the empty spots and (if needed) covering up a little bit of the blue in order to make a complete circle.
24. Press well and sew any open edges down that need it. On the outside edge of the square zig-zag stitch to secure the green ring. Hooray, a completed scrappy rainbow block!

Now it's time to make that block into pot holder (or whatever else you'd like!) This is my first time making a pot holder; so if you know another way of finishing this off go for it. My method works but might not be the best.
25. Grab two pieces of 9"x9" pot holder batting. I use double because my hubby likes it that way.
26. Spray baste the layers together with the block on top. I did not use a back yet because I was worried about it getting bunched up in the quilting.
27. Use a small stitch about 1.5 to 2. Starting in the center secure the stitch and then turn the square to make a small spiral.
28. See the spiral forming...
29. A shot of the back with complete quilting spiral all the way to the edge.
30. A shot of the front with the complete quilting spiral all the way to the edge and the excess batting trimmed.
31. Time to put it together. Spray baste the backing fabric onto the back.
32. Make the binding strip and iron in half. If you need more instruction check out this post.
33. Make a tube out of the 8"x1.5" loop strip.
34. Turn right side out the tube for the loop and then sew it down on each side.
35. Sew the binding onto the BACK of the potholder with backing fabric down first and raw edge of binding matching raw edge of the potholder.
36. Turn the binding to the FRONT and zig zag stitch around the edges.
37. Lastly attach the loop to the backside of the potholder.
38. Easily sewn down so that it's ready to hang and use!
A finished Scrappy Rainbow Pot Holder! 

This is just such a cool pot holder; I just love the scrappy look and the texture the raw edges give. I hope you make one for your kitchen and let a little sunshine in!


p.s. I'll  be linking this up with parties all week. Find them all on the Link Parties I Love page! Including Sew Modern Monday and Crazy Mom Quilts.


Teje said...

YES!!! The best ever potholder! Beautiful and really great way to sew it! I miss only so many different colours to make that - still I will try!
Have a great week!
x Teje

Richard Healey said...

I love the pot holder. Yesterday I finished binding 9 from a group of 13 I made a month ago to practice FMQ on. They turned out wonderful. I love your idea of a scrappy rainbow version and will keep it in mind for my next batch.

Stop by for my quilt givaway to guess my babys b-day and weight.

jenclair said...

This makes me happy! Bright and cheerful. Love that you included the process!

Katy Cameron said...

Cool, looks like you had fun!

The Monko said...

thats really beautiful, what a great use for lots of pretty scraps

Krista said...

wow! that's pretty darn cool. thanks for the tut!

Cherie said...

Wow looks like it took a while to put together, but it was worth it for the end result. Love how the colours all blend together

Heidi Staples said...

This is so cheery and colorful...love it!

elizabeth said...

What a darling potholder and fantastic tutorial!
Thank you for linking up to Little Quilt Monday...you've provided some great inspiration : )

stellacreations said...

so dificult but it is so pretty.. really amazing :):)

Miranda said...

I love it! It looks so great. Thanks so much for sharing the process. I might have to try it out :)

Claire Jain said...

Super cute! What a great way to use up teensy scraps :-)

Erin said...

Awesome pot holder!! Looks kinda hard but I'd love to try it, I have so many scraps!

Tales of a Trophy WIfe said...


Wonky Girl said...

Way too cute to use. I would have to hang it in my kitchen as "art"!

Emily said...

wow! So fun! I want to make some of these for my mom as a gift :o) I've pinned these for future reference! came over from someday crafts.

Joan@chocolateandmore said...

I love this, great way to use scraps and any mistakes will look like they were meant to be.

Elise said...

How fun! I love the bright colors :)

May said...

Pinning this with the hope that someday I will pull it up again and make my own.

Frazzled Mom of Five said...

This is absolutely gorgeous! New Follower!
~Jen @ hutchinsonherd.blogspot.com

Terri said...

Cute, and it looks like fun! I could use some color in my kitchen.
Thanks for sharing!

Emily {Creative Chicks} said...

That's a very cheery potholder!

noz! said...

This is really cool stuff - I have to make some for myself! Thanks for this colorful idea!

Kim said...

Sweet, what a fun way to sit and sew.......it just gets sewn down where ever you like!

thanks for sharing :0).

happy Sewing,

p.s.phyllis sews said...

Thanks for sharing this idea! I want to go home right now and try this out!

Carla said...

Wow Kelly that is so cool! Thank you for sharing the tutorial.

Janine said...

This is beautiful!

M-R said...

Such a cool technique, Kelly! I love your pot holder -- I don't think I could use it because I'd be worried about food on it too. Thanks for the tutorial and for linking up to TGIFF!

Nicole said...

Absolutely beautiful! Love it. And that quilting is perfect. Very nice.

OhioMomPatriot said...

Such a great way to use up the scraps I never part with. Thanks for sharing a fabulous tut!

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Cute potholder. It's ok to just hang it to keep it nice and clean. Sometimes we just make decorations.

diane said...

what a great idea for tiny scraps

Sara said...

looks like a real quickie project and very useful!! Love the green binding too!

crazypatch said...

Good idéa...

Heather said...

Cute way to use up those smallest of scraps! Nice!

Tamika Rybinski said...

So bright and fun, I appreciate how easy to follow your tutorial is. Thanks for sharing this. I am coming to you from Happy Hour Projects.


Michelle said...

Now that is a happy little potholder. I'd be afraid to use altogether! Thanks for the great tutorial.

Sarah Craig said...

This is very very cool, and a great tutorial too! Thanks for sharing and linking up!! Whoop whoop!!

Sunni @ Love Affair with my Brother said...

Great tutorial. I LOVE foundation piecing and I love this scrappy look! I'm totally gaga for it. Pinned it!

Justine said...

Stopping by from the Girl Creative Blog Hop! http://queenofsavings.com

Kassi Mortensen said...

Nice!!! Great way to use up those random small scraps while creating something that's just lovely!!! Thanks for sharing this on Fancy This Fridays this last week!
~Kassi @ Truly Lovely

Anonymous said...

This is the pattern I was trying to remember to make a log cabin rose. Thanks~I hope my results are as pretty as yours!

creativejewishmom/sara said...

LOVE it! So wonderful to "meet" you and thanks so much for sharing this great tutorial on Craft Schooling Sunday! You've very very likely earned yourself a feature on Sunday!

Katie Adams said...

Such a great way to use scraps and it turned out just beautiful! I would love if you would share with my readers on Blog Stalking Thursday! http://thecraftyblogstalker.blogspot.com/2012/02/blog-stalking-thursday-30.html

Kayjay in New Zealand said...

What a gorgeous post holder. That would have to hang on my wall but never be used. I love your blog. It's always so inspirational. myfatquarter.blogspot.com

JOY @ http://joysjotsshots.blogspot.com/ said...

I have pinned this because I want to make sure to find this again later. Such a great way to use those tiny scraps. So enJOYed your idea. found you on Petite Hermine.

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