I made a simple leaf potholder today, as part of the destash-along.
I’ve made a PDF of the pattern:
Leaf Potholder by jemimah.pdf (227.4 KB)
Print pattern - my printer is set to A4, so it’s best to print at actual size in case yours is set to letter size.
Cut 2 leaves in fabric, and 2 in batting (something heat resistant is good). I used leftover cotton/bamboo batting because that was what I had, but for a more heavy duty leaf you could use insulbrite or reclaimed wool fabric (give it a hot wash first to pre-shrink).
*Optional mod suggested by the talented @Magpie - cut one fabric pocket (mod is shown in the red version)
Stitch batting to each leaf piece. I quilted mine in a simple vein design. I just did it by eye, but you could draw the lines with tailors chalk. You could stitch lines or zigzags, whatever you like!
*Hem or bind the straight edge of the pocket. Lay right side up on the side where you want it.
Lay right sides together. If you wish, insert a hanging loop (3-4” of tape or ribbon, folded in half), into the seam near the stem. Make sure the folded side of the loop is on the inside.
Stitch, leaving a 2-3” gap for turning along the straightest part of the seam near the leaf tip.
Trim the batting close to the seam. Clip curves and corners.
Turn right side out and press. You can either stitch the gap closed by hand like I did, or topstitch close to the edge all the way around to finish. Done!
Cut a smaller leaf and only quilt batting on one side to make a mug rug. Or cut a bigger leaf with one layer of batting or no batting for a placemat