Wool Leaf Potholders Tutorial and Template

Want another gift to nicely complement the tree ring coasters from yesterday’s tutorial? How about some potholders in the shape of leaves made out of green felt? Again, you can make them in muted tones for a subtle and earthy aesthetic or go to town with bright colors and play up the kitsch!

You Need:
Wool Leaf Potholder Template
Green (lots) and brown (a little) wool felt*
Green thread
Sewing machine

*You can buy wool felt at the fabric store (make sure that it is wool felt, not craft felt as craft felt is synthetic and will melt when hot). I recommend buying 100% wool clothes at the thrift store to use for your felt. Cut the garment into pieces by cutting off all the seams and then wash and dry the wool on hot. I used a pair of brown trousers and a green jacket.

In Short:
Cut the Template
Cut the fabric
Edgestitch layers together
Topstitch

Print out a template and cut out the leaf pattern pieces. I’ve included three leaf designs in the template – a maple leaf, cordate leaf, and lanceolate leaf. Or, draw your own! Use the pattern to cut at least two of each leaf from green wool. If your wool is thick, as from a jacket, two layers may be enough to protect your hands from heat. If it’s a bit thinner, as from trousers, you will probably want at least 3, if not more, layers of the wool.

Cut three pieces of brown wool, 6” long by ½” wide. Fold them in half so they make a loop. This will go at the end of your leaf so you can hand the potholders on a hook in the kitchen.

Stack your leaf layers with wrong sides together (right sides out). If you’re using more than two layers, it doesn’t matter which direction the interior layers are facing. Take your brown wool pieces and insert them ½” in between the leaves. Pin the brown wool in place and pin along the edge of the leaves. Edgestitch (sew along the edge of) the leaf, removing pins as you come to them. I used a zig-zag stitch for my edgestitch but you don’t have to because the great thing about wool felt is that the raw edges don’t need to be finished.

You can now trim the edges in in places where you didn’t get your stitching close enough to the edge or where the top and bottom layers don’t line up perfectly.


Using the template as a guideline (your stitches really don’t need to be perfect. Leaves are organic so they aren’t perfect), topstitch along the vein lines. You’re done! Enjoy!

P.S. This tutorial was totally inspired by a similar one on DesignSponge. Just like yesterday’s tutorial, I had pinned the image and not even realized that it linked to a tutorial until I was writing up my own post and looked back so I could attribute my inspiration! Please check out their tutorial as well.

 

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