Saturday, November 5, 2011

Calling Crafters: DIY Cupcake Potholder Pattern!

I have recently joined Pinterest (you can follow me here!)- which I have been hearing about quite often, but figured I didn’t need yet another time waster. Well, I made the plunge and have been pleasantly surprised at all of the awesome ideas I have found! It has definitely motivated me to get crafty. Today we had a Pinteresting Day- my hubby tackled one of my projects (a seesaw made out of an old tire!), and I decided to work on this one: a Cupcake Potholder! I “pinned” this a couple of weeks ago, and decided to try it today. Unfortunately the pin was a link to purchase a pattern for the cupcake potholder- but, as I was ready to get started, I decided to save the $7 or so and make my own pattern. It was so much fun, I am going to share it with you! There will be a lot of pictures in this post, as I am going to try to make it as simple as possible for you to try. DISCLAIMER: I do not claim to be an expert seamstress. I am mediocre at best (which should give you other non-expert crafters some hope!). :)

You will need:
2 different fabrics (use cotton- synthetic blends can melt!)
Batting (try to use Insul-Bright)
2 pieces of paper, a pencil, and a marker or pen
Scissors, pins, coordinating thread
Some sewing knowledge
Small piece of ribbon

I fortunately had all of the above in my craft room. Yay!
First of all, you will need to make your pattern. On the first sheet, you will draw the back of your potholder, whicy is like your cupcake “base”. A very helpful hint: make sure it fits your hand. Even more helpful: make it 2 inches bigger (taller) than your hand. It will get smaller after it is sewn, so you want to ensure it is big enough to begin with. The bottom needs to taper down a bit so that it is an inch or so shorter than the width of the top.

Now fold your piece of paper in half, and trim it (cut along the lines you made) on one side only- this will ensure that both sides of your pattern are exactly the same.

Now for the top: lay your second piece of paper under your cupcake base pattern, lining up the top. Come about halfway down and make a mark. 

Now fold your paper in half and make two scallops at the bottom of the page, starting at the fold and ending at the edge. Draw a curved line at the top of your cupcake, coming down the side. Now cut out your pattern.

They should look like this:

ALTERNATE: The scallops are kind of hard to sew, so if you don't have a lot of sewing experience, you can just cut it straight across the bottom instead. You can see an example of that here
Be sure to trim your cupcake base pattern so that the top is arced like the frosting pattern- these will need to line up later.
Now for the fabric! Fold the piece of fabric you are using for your base in half, right sides (where the print is the brightest) together. Straight-pin your pattern to the fabric and trace around it with your pen or marker. Cut out. 

Now fold  your batting in half and do the same thing (I like to use two layers of batting for extra heat protection). You should now have four pieces of fabric shaped like the base. Stack them together like this: batting on bottom, then the two piece of fabric (right sides still facing in) in the middle, batting on top. Make sure all edges are lined up, and then pin together.

Repeat with the frosting pattern- except you will NOT fold the batting in half. Use a single layer of the batting (trust me- otherwise it is too thick to sew properly!). Then stack them together like this: printed fabric, right sides together, and the batting on top. Pin together.

Start sewing the pieces together- you will want to leave a gap of about 2 or 3 inches at the top that is NOT SEWN SHUT. Be sure that you close off your stitches so that it doesn’t unravel (using a back stitch). 

On the icing pieces, it is rather tricky to do the scallops on the frosting. Go slow. It might even help to trace a path on the icing for you to follow as you sew in order to keep it even. I tried to keep about ¼ inch seam allowance all the way around. After you have sewn the icing piece (leaving the gap at the top!), you will need to clip around the scallops and curved edges (called "easing"). This is extremely important- otherwise your curves will not look like nice curves! Start at the edge of the fabric and clip up to the thread line, taking care to not actually clip the thread line. See pic below:

After easing the curves, you can turn your piece right side out. Take a bottom corner and start pushing it through the opening at the top until the rights sides of the fabric are completely on the outside. Using a pencil, press against the seams from the inside to ensure that everything is where it is supposed to be, especially around the scallops.

 Do the same thing with the base fabrics, leaving a gap at the top. Turn right side out.

Now that you have your two pieces, you will need to quilt your base piece. I placed straight pins one inch apart to use as a guide. Starting at the top, sew straight down to the bottom. I have a nifty machine with tons of quilting stitches that I have never gotten to use, so I used one of those stitches to make a wavy line. J

Once you have quilted your base, you will need to attach the icing to the base. Line them up at the very top, using straight pins to secure the pieces to one another. Remember that you have the gaps at the top of your pieces- fold those down (facing in where you can't see the raw edges) to make a seam, and pin. This is where you add the ribbon if you want one- make a loop, stick it down into the gap at the top of one of the pieces, and then use a pin to secure. 

Sew all the way around your cupcake (I used about ¼ inch seam allowance). I started at the bottom- the top is so thick that it is easier to start on a thinner piece and work around to the thicker part. 

Once it is together, it should look like this:

Kinda makes you want to bake, right??
I managed to whip up this baby in about an hour and 15 minutes- and future ones will be easier, since I won’t have to draw a pattern. These make great gifts for teachers, co-workers, wedding showers, housewarming parties, etc.

Gift Ideas:
-Include some wooden spoons tied with ribbon housewarming gift!
-Give this with a muffin pan for a wedding shower gift
-It would be really fun to throw this in with one of those baking-mixes-in-a-jar!

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Janelle said...

This is a cute idea. Yours turned out great! I love when functional things are pretty. It always makes me smile. You could make a bunch of different ones too, chocolate, vanilla, sprinkles...

Elisabeth Hirsch said...

I LOVE this post and your blog so much. I recently shut down my sewing business and have been looking for fun new crafts. I'm so excited.

I'm tweeting this.

LULObird said...

i love pinterest too! it's so addicting. your potholder is so cute!

Mrs. No-No said...

hahahaha! that is EXACTLY how i felt when I heard about pinterest, too! ...i don't have time to do this....and now, sheesh! I'm pinning stuff all the time. :)
Following you here and will check your pins on pinterest, too (as Carla Lee Hollowell)!
Carla :)
Mrs. No-No Knows

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LeAnn ~ My Day In The Making said...

This is so cute! I think I am going to give it a try!

Anonymous said...

this is cute cannot wait to try it thanks for sharing

Anonymous said...

This is so perfect. Can't wait to make these for my daughter for Christmas.... Terrific