Friday, September 18, 2009

Scrap Potholders

My daughter's friend came over tonight to show us an old pot holder she found and asked if we could try to reproduce it with fabric scraps. So, just in time for the holidays, we've made eco-friendly pot holders and trivets out of our scrap pieces of apron fabrics!

These can be customized to fit any one's color scheme, and they're are a great way to save  bits of fabric from a sad demise. 

If you've got any old clothes, quilted place mats, or fabrics that you don't use anymore but can't seem to part with, I think you should send them to us so we can transform your nostalgia into something you can use everyday.  

My daughter had a favorite skirt that no longer fit . . . she loved it so much had it for so long. She'd clean her closet and put it in a thrift store pile, and take it out and put back in the closet. When we made these pot holders tonight, she realized a way she could put the skirt to good use and know it's still in her life!  She agrees it's silly, but it is really hard for her to throw out clothes. Can you guess which fabric was from the skirt?

Our pile of fabrics ready to make into pot holders.  The smaller circles form the inside pieces. The quilted fabric forms the back.

If you would like to make your own, here are some basic instructions.

Cut out master patterns from two pieces of cardboard - one for each size circle (just two sizes.) The small circle is 4 1/2 inches and the large circle is 7 1/2 inches. You need twenty small circles per potholder for  three rows. Use 4 circles for the inner points and 8 circles for the middle and 8 for the edge fabric. You can mix and match as desired. Try different fabrics until you are pleased with the design.

Cut the larger circle from quilted fabric or use a recycled quilted placemat.

You also need to cut a long bias strip to create the edging and a little piece to create a hanger. 

Fold the small circles in half - iron - and then fold in again to create the point, iron again.

To begin, use 4 points and place the tips to touch, centered, over the quilted circle. Stitch about 1/4 inch from the edge, all the way around. Repeat with the remaining two rows, 8 pieces in each circle.

Sew the bias fabric around the edge and add a loop for hanging.

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