Potholders from scraps!

Friday, June 15, 2007Filed Under Sewing |

potholdersPotholders are a great beginning sewing project that can be made from scrap material or unwanted clothing and a bit of double-fold bias tape. Here are the simple instructions for this creative handicraft.

First cut two 8-inch (21 cm.) squares of fabric to be the front and back of the potholder. Choose coordinating fabrics that match your kitchen for these pieces. To make it easier, you can make an 8-inch square pattern from a piece of cardboard to use as a pattern. Cut more 8-inch squares of any old fabric to stack for the filling. You want the stack of fabric squares to be thick enough to protect you from a hot pot, but thin enough to be flexible and able to be sewn through.

kitten potholdersStack all layers so that the outer layers are facing to the outside and the filler layers are inside. You can put a couple of large straight pins through all layers to keep them together. Now sew right across the middle of the stack. Sew across the middle again, perpendicular to the first stitching. You will have divided the square into 4 squares. Sew across the stack again from corner to corner, and again from the other corner to corner. The layers should be joined and sturdy now.

To bind off the raw edges of your creative handicraft, trim with scissors so that all the layers are again even at the edges. Open out one folded edge of the bias tape. The wider bias tape might seem to be easier to use, but the narrow type makes a neater finished product. Starting at one corner, line up the edges of the tape with the edges of the potholder, and start stitching through all layers along the first fold line, which will be about 1/4 inch from the edge. Stitch neatly and slowly, attaching the opened tape all around the edge until you reach the beginning corner. Cut the bias tape off, leaving 3 inches, (7 cm.) to make into a hanging loop.

Fold the bias tape over the raw edge so that the middle fold lines up with the outside of the potholder and the other fold is hiding the raw edge of the bias tape. Now, for best results, hand sew the binding down, forming a loop on your creative handicraft when you get to the end.

When it is finished, you will have a useful item made from all recycled materials.


3 Comments so far

  1. A Regan on June 16, 2007 1:31 pm

    Am definately going to try this one. My sewing is atrocious & I find it difficult but this actually sounds doable (even though I don’t have a sewing machine).

  2. Wendy on June 16, 2007 10:24 pm

    Super cute. One can never have too many pot-holders on hand. (Why are mine all in the laundry when I need them?)

  3. Fiona Young on June 18, 2007 3:26 am

    Love this tutorial Bev. I will certainly be marking this one to make very soon.
    Received heaps of fabric on the weekend.
    Have great ideas in mind.

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