Showcase Something Pretty in the Center!
Dig into your stash and pull out a pretty combination of fabrics for a lovely hexagon potholder. Choose a special fabric, a snippet from a vintage linen or fussy cut a motif to showcase in the center.
Once your potholder is completed you’re sure to want to go on and make more than one. We can easily imagine several hanging in a grouping on the kitchen wall waiting to be put to use.
The pot holders shown here were made by Hen at Hen House (see more of them here). The pattern is from Patchwork Please by Ayumi Takahashi, which contains several beautiful projects in Zakka style.
What is Zakka style? We found a nice definition at Sewing Room Secrets:
“A phrase that keeps turning up a lot in sewing circles lately is “Zakka Style”. Zakka is a type of Japanese design that uses the art of the handmade to create fresh and modern items for your home. Everyone’s take on Zakka is a little different and that is what makes it so versatile and fun!”
Or, in the words of Christine French (International Quilt Festival – Quilt Scene, Winter 2012/2013):
“Zakka, a Japanese term meaning ‘many things’ or ‘miscellaneous goods,’ has evolved into a universal design style that embodies simple charm and a homemade aesthetic.”
Regardless of how you define it, Zakka style projects tend to be very pretty, just like these potholders.
The potholders are made with paper piecing. Don’t panic! If you haven’t tried it yet, once you do you’ll learn that paper piecing is very simple and perfect for projects that require precision (learn more here).
And, once you wrap your mind around it you’ll discover that paper piecing can be quite addictive. If you haven’t tried it yet, this is a great project to experiment with. Give it a try and you may find yourself making several pot holders just for fun.
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