I mentioned earlier that I had been working on a few projects, so I decided to share one of them with you today.
It’s a double-potholder. Not an original idea of mine, but a fun project none the less. It also happens to be a great way to use up some of those scraps of fabric I have laying around, and believe you me, I have plenty of them. Maybe I should make a quilt. Hmm…..
Anyway, here’s the potholder.
Pretty cute, huh?
I don’t know if you are interested in all the details, but I took a few pictures throughout the process to share with you.
Here’s what I started with. For the base of the potholder, I used a hand towel. Nothing special. Just one I found on clearance at Wal-Mart. And see my rotary cutter and mat? I got them for Christmas, and I just love them. They make cutting fabrics a breeze. But watch out! That thing is sharp! I’m fairly sure I could amputate my finger with little or no effort. So far so good, though.
You can’t see them both in this picture, but I used two different patterns, a floral and a stripe, just to spice things up a bit.
I layered a square of batting and fabric on each end of the towel, then quilted them all together. I took the easy way out and just quilted in straight lines.
Here’s what it looked like with both sides done.
Next, I prepared my pockets to sew on the back side. I added interfacing to the backs of the pockets for a little extra stability. Then I added some trim to the ends of the pockets.
After attaching the pockets to the towel, I trimmed the whole thing with black bias tape.
Ta Da! I can’t wait to cook! Lucky for me I had the foresight (and the patience) to wash and dry all my fabrics before getting started. Now I can pop this baby into the washer without it shrinking up and getting all wonky. (Yes, wonky.)
I wish I knew someone who was getting married. Wouldn’t this be a cute gift to make for the bride? Had I not been trying to complete this project during my little monkey’s nap, I would have taken the time to embroider an initial or something on it. Maybe next time. I still have half a towel and a lot more fabric scraps left.