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How to Attach Bias Binding to a Round Potholder

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Date and Time of Class: August 10 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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The “How to” series of workshops with experienced teacher and textile artist, designer Gary Mills, are short micro workshops to help you improve and develop skills in varying sewing and textiles processes.
Gary demonstrates how to make an extremely useful insulated round potholder with a bias binding finish. In this workshop Gary takes you through the stages of cutting binding on the bias of the fabric, how to join lengths, stitching on the curve and great tips to get a neat finish.

What You Will Learn in this Workshop

You will be measuring, cutting out and constructing with machine sewing. In this workshop Gary will show you how to firstly make a round potholder with sandwich layers of thermal batting. These will then be simply machine quilted before you then cut fabric and join for bias binding tape. Gary will then guide you through machine this bias tape to the round potholder.

Level of Experience

  • The class is suitable for the beginner or the intermediate with some machine sewing experience.

Materials / Equipment required by Attendees

  • Materials
    • Use pure cotton prints and plain colours.
    • 2 x 7 ½” diameter circles of cotton fabric.
    • 2 x 7 ½” diameter circles of batting (Gary has used 1-layer synthetic batting and 1-layer thermal batting)
      Seam allowance used ¼”.
    • Note: as part of the workshop, you will be making your bias tape therefore: Choose fabric to make your bias binding 30” x 2 ¾” Cotton fabric binding cut on the bias


    • Pins.
    • Hand sewing needles.
    • Small embroidery scissors, fabric shears or rotary cutter.
    • Good quality machine thread matching with the chosen fabrics.
    • Sewing Machine (needle size 12-14 for cotton weights or 16 for cotton drill and denim)

    If you do not have a Sewing Machine, or don’t want to bring your own, you can use one of our latest Brother demonstration machines for the nominal fee of £3.00 per session.


  • Gary Mills