May 4, 2010

Pot Holder Tutorial


A quick and fun tutorial from Evelyn at Use the Loot. Perfect way to use up your scraps.



So, as long as I'm not getting any work done, let me show off a little potholder project I whipped up recently...




















This here is a little pile of what I think of as "sheet selvages". They are the bottom hems that aren't really useful for much. I used to throw them away, but then I wondered if I might be able to use them for something. So, I started saving them. During my boring weekly meetings, I trim them by cutting right along the stitching. It's only somewhat quicker than seam-ripping, but a whole lot less messy!


I cut 9" squares of muslin and Insul-Brite, layered them, and then sewed strips on as if they were selvages - the folded edge goes on top, the cut edge gets covered up by the next strip, which is top-stitched down.



I made two like this, trimmed them up, put them back-to-back (rotated one by 90 degrees, not that it really matters), serged the edges and bound it like a quilt. Instead of starting in the middle of one side, I started at a corner, and then made a loop and tucked the binding in at end.


And there you go, one potholder! Cute!


Thanks Evelyn for a fun tutorial!








15 comments:

Coloradolady said...

This is really cute! Thanks for a great tutorial.

Mary Grace McNamara said...

Cute is right! And so clever and useful, and such a practical way to use up what would otherwise have been thrown away! Good for you!

MGM

Jan Hatchett said...

That is too stinkin' cute!

Sewn With Grace said...

Love this idea!

fairychildheirlooms said...

that is SO cute! I have to give this a try :)

Missy

Karen said...

...adorable!

beth said...

super cute! Love the fabrics!

Wendy said...

ADORABLE!

Warm Hugs Design said...

Love all the tutorials! Thanks for sharing. Such a great idea and so cute!

Warm hugs,
Pam

everydaychaos said...

This is so cute! I love that it uses the ends of sheets. Thanks for the tutorial!

anniescupboards said...

I was just shown your blog on facebook. I am a big fan of vintage sheets. I craft with them all the time. I am diggin your blog. Cant wait to read more past and present posts. I loveeeee vintage sheets.

Amanda Drietz said...

Ah! This is such a fantastic way to use the hems! Thank you so much for sharing! I cannot wait to try this! And i really need some potholders;) Blessings!

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qltmom9 said...

SO cute! LOL, I wouldn't want to get them all cruddy as is my way with pot holders though! Ha! Thank you for the delightful tute.~

Lucy~

makeitgiveit said...

What an awesome idea. That is totally cool.