Prettied-Up Pot Holder

March 26, 2010

See my old sad potholder there?  Kind of worn out, huh?  See how it’s cozying up to those fabric scraps?  I think it’s dreaming of a Spring makeover. 

Potholder Makeover 
First, I gave it a haircut.  I never used those hanging loops anyway so I just snipped them right off.

Potholder haircut 
I cut two pieces of fabric about a half inch larger on each side.  Then I placed the fabric squares right sides together, laid the potholder on top, and stitched around, leaving about three inches open to turn.

Potholder construction
When I stitched the pieces together, I squared off the corners so it would be easier to turn later.  Then I trimmed my corners and turned it inside out.

DIY potholder
 
I topstitched around the edge, catching the unstitched opening edges under.

Topstitching potholder 
I thought it might be cute with a little more top stitching so I went around a few times, using the edge of my presser foot as a guide for the inside stitching lines.

Potholder with decorative stitching

Pot holder


Easy peasy!  If that potholder had feet, I’d say it had a bit of spring in it’s step!

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29 comments:

  1. Oh, I love this idea, mine are so worn and ugly , I am embrassed when company comes over, but I hate to throw things away, now I can just make them pretty again. Thanks for the idea, btw I love you map frame, I am going to do a map wall in out homeschool room one day after sheet rock goes up and I will be using your framing idea when it ever happens. Hope you are having a beautiful Spring day.

    Cha Cha

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  2. It looks adorable. My potholders are disgusting. This is a great idea!

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  3. What a great idea, Carolyn! I have potholders that definitely need something and I have so much fabric, I think I may give this a try. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  4. What a great idea! I think I might even be able to make it one day.

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  5. I love this idea! My potholders are ugly, but I always hate to spend the money on new ones! Thanks for the idea!!!

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  6. What a totally cool idea! You'd never know there was an old pot holder in there! Thanks for linkin' up to Frugalicious Friday!

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  7. Great idea! I know my sad, yet still servicable, potholders would love a makeover.

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  8. What a great idea! I am so in need of some nicer looking pot holders! i am going to give this one a try. Thanks for sharing:)

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  9. Hi...over from Friday Follow. What a great idea to spiffy up the potholders....and I love the way the jute frame makes the map look. :)

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  10. I love this idea, I am totally doing this with some of my ratty old pot holders! Thanks for the great post!!

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  12. I so love this idea! The "new" potholder looks absolutely fabulous.
    FYI, stopping from New Friend Friday...and now off to see some of your other posts.

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  13. What a darling idea! I am a wannabe hoarder and this would totally satisfy the hoarder in me. Why throw a good thing away if it can be used? Following back from FF! Thanks for stopping by!

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  14. What a great idea for prettying up old, manky potholders. I like it! And it's even a project for those of us who are not great seamstresses...

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  15. I'm a kitchen dish towel freak...they have to perfectly clean and nice to use. However, my potholders are gross looking! Not anymore!!!! Such a great fix and so cute!!! I'm going to change all of mine. Thank you. First time here. Found you through FJI SNS. Thanks for linking!!

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  16. Why oh why didn't I think of that????
    I'm a good copier....Will do.
    Thanks

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  18. Here from FF, following you back. This is such a cute tute I never thought to spice up my existing pot holders I have just been making new ones... This is such a clever way to get them to match your kitchen decor.

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  19. I love this idea and I'm going toget busy on it this week.Such a simple thing to do to makethem look new again. Awesome!

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  20. Thanks so much for the invite to your party. I'll be back on Wednesday!

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  21. That looks so much better! I need to try this, thanks for the idea!

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  22. wonderful idea! ...so clever and pretty! I'm dropping by from Cottage Instincts. I hope to see you back at my place soon! until later...

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  23. What a FABULOUS idea!! I definitely have some pot holders that could use a little makeover. Thanks for the tip!!

    Alison

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  24. Now this is really really smart. I get some I really like and then they go ratty but now I know just what to do. Thanks so much for your post. Hope you'll drop by and see our lavender fantasy bath. -- Jane F.

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  25. Love it! Thanks so much for linking up on Craft Schooling Sunday! Hope to see you again next week and nice new header! all the best,Sara

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  26. Smart, smart, smart. I can't manage to make myself throw away things that work perfectly well, but aren't pretty. Now I have another idea for fixing them! Thanks so much!

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  27. Nice tutorial! I like how you took an old potholder and re-fashioned it into a cute new potholder.

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  28. What a cool idea for those ugly ol' potholders. I may have to try this idea. Thanks for the tut!

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  29. Oh cool! I have done this before myself. Great upcycle/recycle.

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