Pot Holders from Shoulder Pads
Shoulder pads are one of the things that I remove from the clothing I get as hand-me-downs or at the thrift shop. I've got nothing against them, I just have naturally large shoulders. (Thanks, Mum!) Here is how to make really cute and effective pot holders from shoulder pads.
Total Time: 1 hour
- shoulder pads (or cotton pads or felt)
- needle and thread or sewing machine
- iron (optional)
- To draw your pattern on your paper, draw an 8 inch line vertically then a 4 inch line horizontally in the middle of it. Draw ovals around to connect the cross.
- Cut out the pattern and put aside.
- Cut off the stitches from the shoulder pads and remove the outer casing.
- Use your pattern to cut the shoulder pad.
- Trace the pattern onto your fabric.
- Cut out the fabric a little larger than the pattern as you are going to fold the edges. Make two of these.
- Stack the two pieces of fabric, but with the pattern face down. Sew them together, leaving a 2 inch gap so you can turn it inside out after you place the shoulder pad in.
- Insert shoulder pad. Sew a tiny bit of it onto the fabric to keep it in place, then turn it inside out.
- Cut your paper pattern in half and make two half-sized versions of the one you just made.
- Fold the bottom part twice and sew.
- On these half-sized fabric pieces, use an iron and the pattern to fold edges as it will be easier to sew.
- If you're using a sewing machine, put the mini fabrics onto the main fabric and use pins and some light hemming to secure them in place.
- Sew the mini fabrics onto the main fabric.
- Remove the place-holding stitches and pins.
- Your potholder is ready!
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