Does anyone have easy directions for making fabric potholders out of left over material that are both pretty and useful too? Thanks and God bless!
By Debra from TN
I used to make my own potholders. A good padding is mattress protectors. They are thick and they have seams throughout. I would look for some at thrift stores (new in package), or garage sales (new) or catch them on sale. They go a long way considering the size vs. price. Same with sheets. They can be a great bargain in terms of price vs. amount of material. You might consider covering them in sheeting material (you can use double thicknesses of material and probably should for pot holders. Don't try sewing in the thick areas, sew a seam around a thinner area. I agree with the previous poster, don't make them too ornate unless you don't plan to actually use them. It is a shame to have a beautiful potholder and then get it scorched and stained.
You can do anything you want to make potholders. Some people get carried away and make ones that look like patchwork quilts, some people decorate them in some way. If you are going to do this I would recommend going to a fabric store and buying silver colored heat resistant fabric for the back, and you will still need some type of padding. I haven't made pot holders for at least 20 years because I found it was easier to just buy new ones as needed. I have some potholders that I have had for 15-20 years. They just don't wear out that easily.
If you are wanting to make pretty and usable as you said, I would make one side pretty and the other plain out of a heavy fabric if you have any left over such as denim or flannel. If you left over fabric has a design in it you could use it for your plain side and cut a motif out of it then stitch it on a plain fabric for the other side; simple but effective. For my padding I use double quilt batting, cotton batting if I have it. You don't have to put binding around the edges if you don't want to just sew a seam 1/4 inch from the edge with short stitches and let the edges ruffle and ravel out. There are so many ways to make potholders. Perhaps you might think about braiding or crocheting your scraps into rugs or for trivets.
My first sewing project 60years ago was potholders and the hand made ones are still the best. But use two or three layers of old soft towels for the batting. Just a few years ago I made matching potholders and tea cosies for Christmas gifts. Everyone loves them and I get to see them in use when I visit.
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