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Creative Sewing Club

Club members will make a variety of bags from tote bags to project pouches and everything in between. Students will learn finishing tips and tricks for a professional looking finished product This club is designed for anyone who owns a sewing machine from entry level to top of the line. All levels of sewers are welcome.

   Art to Heart Christmas     Potholder


Creative Sewing Club
Art to Heart Christmas Potholder
Instructor: Ruth Locke

This month we are going to make a machine applique Christmas potholder from Nancy Halvorsen’s “Better Not Pout” book. You have the option of making either a bird, angel, Santa, or snowman.  The potholder can be completed in our 3-hour class. This is a good project to practice machine applique and using a towel as the backing and background is a new fun technique. 

 Supplies Needed:

“Better Not Pout” by Nancy Halvorsen**(See page 38) 

1 Tea Towel* 

1/8 yd or scrapes of fabrics for your design of choice (Angel, Bird, Santa, or Snowman)

2 yards 12” Steam-A-Seam 2*

1 Fat Quarter for Binding

10” x 10” Square of Warm and Natural Batting* or Insul-Bright

10” x 10” Heavy Duty Cut Away* or Tear Away* OESD Stablizer

 Santa:  2- 4mm black buttons for eyes

              3 - 3/16” red buttons

Snowman:  2- 5/16” black buttons

3 - 5/16” red buttons

Bird: 3- ½” red buttons

#2 pencil

Parchment paper or fusing mat


Small Cutting Mat/Rotary Cutter/ Ruler

Karen Kay Buckley Perfect Scissors

¼” foot

Zigzag foot

Open Toe Embroidery foot 

Edge Foot

Wonder clips*

Sewing machine in good working order with your slide on tray. 

Zigzag plate

Mettler 50wt cotton thread* to match each fabric. For example: I used white for the beard, red for the suit, cream for the face, and green for the trim and leaves. The bobbin should match your towel. 

505 Spray*

Needle and Thread to sew on Buttons

Microtex 80/12 needles*


*Order at Mel’s

**Pre-order at Mels’s

Download Supply List


Class Prep: Please iron on Steam-A-Seam2 to the back of your fabrics for the applique. Pre -order all supplies from Mel’s.