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« on: December 15, 2006 10:07:28 AM »

I made these as Christmas gifts for 2 of my gal pals.  I whipped them up last night from scraps I'd been saving.
This one is for my friend who just got married...

And the second set...

They were so easy to make.  I just made a square pattern with rounded edges.  The tops are cotton material, backed with 2 layers of thick felt and bound with contrasting bias tape.  Tell me your thoughts on these...
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« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2006 10:11:44 AM »

They look great, and sound quite easy. (Though binding and me are mortal enemies.) I wonder how well they hold up to heat?
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« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2006 06:02:02 PM »

Well, I made myself 1 (the first one that was experimental), and tried it out.  It seemed to withstand heat just fine (meaning I didn't get burned  Wink).  I think it is because the inner felt layer is really good/thick wool felt.  I got 3/4 of a yard of it for 50 cents in the remnants- it was an ugly muddy color, but because I put it in between two layers, no one can tell.
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« Reply #3 on: December 17, 2006 03:48:01 AM »

I think they are absolutely wonderful.  I've been thinking of making a few to give to relatives(late for Christmas but what the heck ) Thanks for posting.  I think I'll start alittle later in the day with these. Grin
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« Reply #4 on: December 18, 2006 09:13:25 AM »

They are great!
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« Reply #5 on: December 19, 2006 10:51:05 AM »

they are very awsome
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« Reply #6 on: December 26, 2006 09:11:01 PM »

How do you get your trim so nice and neat?
I tried sewing the bias by machine and well the first side turns out fine, but the other side... so ugly!  Also those rounded corners are hell for me!!!  ... using the machine is so much faster but messier... but sewing the trim by hand is such a PITA!!!!

I've been using 4 layers- front fabric, cotton batting, insulbrite, and backing fabric. 

mine are supposed to be xmas presents.. but right now looks like they are new years presents... sigh...

would love any tips!!! 'specially as these really need to get mailed asap to my friends...

* kitkabbit grumbles...

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« Reply #7 on: December 27, 2006 07:00:53 AM »

You could try a wider size of bias tape- especially if the batting is a little thicker.  Pin  your bias tape around the outside so that is as even as possible on both sides, and then try to stich fiarly close to the edge.  Around the corners I go very slowly, and often lift the foot to turn the fabric a bit if needed.

You could always zig zag the bias tape on- I never tried it, but it might make a neat look.

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« Reply #8 on: December 28, 2006 04:13:51 AM »

teflon fabric could also be used for extra heat protection or if you can't get that heavy wool felt.  it's fairly inexpensive, especially for as little as you'd need to make a few potholders. (i found it at hancock's for $5/yd)
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« Reply #9 on: December 28, 2006 04:58:17 PM »

Hmmmm. Where is it located at Hancocks?  My Hancocks is rather small.  Can you get it in colors or is it silver?
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