UPDATE: This potholder is now available as an eCourse! Click the image to access the eCourse, including pattern, photos and video.
A Butterfly Potholder would be so pretty! Finally the warm weather of Spring and Summer has arrived! We are all enjoying the bright sunshine and warmer days outdoors. The birds are singing and I have seen a few butterflies already! Butterflies and dragonflies are some of my favourite insects of the warm weather season.
I have wanted to make a butterfly potholder for awhile so I found a pattern idea, but it did not really have instructions. So I decided to share how I made my potholder with you as a tutorial. Also you can get a printable pattern and eCourse here.
Butterfly Potholder Supplies
4 coordinating fabrics that measure 9″ x 12″ for the butterfly body shape
2 pieces of batting and 1 piece of Insul Bright measuring 9″ x 12″
1 width of fabric or bias cut strip that measures 1 3/4″ x 45″ for binding
1 piece of Heat n Bond or your favourite fusible web measuring 6″ x 10″
Get your printable pattern here.
Step 1 Cut out your butterfly body pieces
Using your printable patterns, cut your 4 butterfly shapes out of your chosen fabrics. Decide which ones will be the pockets.
Step 2 Make the pockets
Fold the two for the pockets in half right sides together, pin and press. Stitch a 1/2 inch seam on the fold side. Then turn wrong sides together and press. Cut 1 butterfly shape in batting, fold it in half and cut 1/2″ off the folded edge. Now place each half inside a pocket half, pin and stitch narrowly around the edge to keep in place.
Step 3 Add the contrast binding
Using a contrasting fabric, cut a strip crosswise that measures 1 3/4″ wide x a minimum of 44″ long. Then fold and press the strip in half lengthwise. Then open up and fold each edge in towards the centre fold and press. Repeat for both sides. Then fold in half and press again. (some of this will be used for the edge binding) Encase the folded pocket edge with your freshly made bias tape and stitch down.
Step 4 Prepare your applique pieces
Adhere your fabric scraps for the applique pieces to the fusible web. Then flip over to the paper side and trace the shapes onto the paper. Cut out the shapes. Lay them out on the pockets, and when happy with the arrangement, peel off the paper and iron them down. Now it is time to applique them using your favourite stitch. I like to use the blanket stitch or a small zigzag stitch. Both work very well.
Step 5 Quilt the remaining butterfly shapes
Take your batting and InsulBright butterfly shapes and pin them to the two left fabric shapes and quilt them using your favourite quilting stitch. I keep it simple and I used a grid pattern and straight stitch. this is just to keep everything together.
Step 6 Put all the layers together
We will put everything together now. Pin the two body shapes together right sides out and stitch a narrow 1/8″ around the edge. Then add the pocket pieces on top matching the edges and pinning together. There should be about a 1″ space in the middle of the butterfly. Once you have the pockets pinned down, I also suggest stitching narrowly along the edge. Everything should be stitched in place now. We are almost done!
Step 7 Binding and finishing
Remember that piece of binding leftover from the pockets? We will be using it to bind the edges and complete our potholder. Open it up and pin it to the backside of our potholder, opening out the folded edge, just like bias tape. Pin all around the edge folding back the first edge 1/2″ and when you come back around just overlap the folded piece about 3/8″. I used a 1/4″ seam when I stitched it down. After it is stitched down, turn to the front side and pin it down encasing your seam allowance. I used a straight stitch, but you could also use a small zigzag.
Lastly, you can add antennae to your butterfly, using rick rack or what I did was to use my leftover binding. I folded it to 1/4″ and stitched together. Then to create your antennae, I folded 2 six inch pieces and placed them together and stitched them to my butterfly body. Be creative, you can fashion them to your liking!
I like to keep it as efficient and simple as possible. And don’t forget to get your printable Butterfly Potholder pattern and eCourse here so you can make this cute butterfly potholder for yourself, a friend or as a gift!