Here is an easy DIY Pumpkin Pot Holder Tutorial to whip up quickly for Halloween. These are super can and can be used as hot pads or trivets to place hot food on. You can use a few different fabrics and make the Pumpkin potholders reversible for a little extra fun. My favorite detail of these is the stitching that makes the the little pumpkin stripes and is fun to sew. This post is part of my partnership with Viking Husqvarna, so I will show you some of the great features on my Sapphire 965Q that I used to make sewing up these Halloween Pumpkin Potholders even easier.
What you need to Sew DIY Pumpkin Potholders for Halloween -
- 1 Fat quarter of orange fabric or scraps from a few different coordinating fabrics (I used Riley Blake Crayola Colors Box for the range and craps from my stash for the rest.)
- 2 inch wide by 12 inch long strip of fabric for the handle (I used Riley Blake
- 2" bias tape maker (*optional)
- Fabric marking pens (my favorite are iron off Frixon)
- 3 layers of batting or Insul-Bright Heat Resistant Batting
- Cut out an 4 oval pumpkin shape from your coordinating fabrics. Mark 2 top sides with pumpkin stripes.
- Make pumpkin stems with bias tape maker. Cut into 6" strips.
- Fold pumpkin stem in half and pin to front of pumpkin.
- Place top and bottom fabric pieces right sides together, then place 3 layers of batting under the wrong side of the bottom fabric piece.
- Sew around pumpkin using 1/4inch seam, leaving a 4 - 5 inch opening at the bottom to turn right side out.
- When sewing seam around pumpkin I recommend using a walking foot to prevent the batting from shifting. Mine is an interchangeable walking foot from Husqvarna but it you don't have a Husqvarna Viking Sewing Machine you can also use the Distinctive Brand Walking Foot that fits nearly any sewing machine.
- Place the batting on the bottom part of the sewing machine, against the feed dogs allowing the feed dogs to compress more of the bulky batting.
- Use a larger needle and a bigger stitch.
- You can also check out this post for some really useful sewing machine features to use when quilting.
The Viking Sapphire 965 Q can help you select the right settings with Exclusive Sewing Adviser feature. For this project I set it to 'B' for medium woven fabric and '1' for a straight stitch. It set the stitch length and tension automatically for me.
The Exclusive Sensor System also helped sew over so many thick layers of batting, by automatically sensing the thickness of fabric and adjusting the presser foot pressure. It feeds the fabric through evenly instead of sticking when the fabric gets too thick. And it seriously does work! When sewing over so many layers it glided smoothly like there was only one thin layer.
- Flip the pumpkin right sides out.
- Tuck the raw edges of the open seams in 1/4in.
- Trim the batting approx 1/4in so it it even with the tucked under seam.
- Pin to hold closed.
- Topstitch using a 1/8in seam around the edges making sure to catch the raw edges of the turned under fabric to close seam.
- Using a long stitch (I set mine to 5), straight stitch down the markings for the decorative pumpkin lines.