Our Crafty Pot Holders

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OCH Potholders

Now that the days are getting longer, the sun is giving me spring fever. Unfortunately it’s still too cold to be outside . . . so Alberto and I decided to do a little spring cleaning with the closets. We usually donate the clothes to charity, but when I saw a worn pair of jeans, I had a different idea. Why not make them into pot holders?! The thickness of the denim would help reduce the heat through the pad, and it would add a great look to the kitchen. Then Alberto suggested that we should make them into the shape of the house in our logo. What a great idea! I found some old fabric to put in the “window,” and now we have these really unique potholders that are sure to help us in the kitchen!

Here’s what we used to make the potholders:

  • One pair of old jeans (washed of course)
  • Scrap fabric
  • Batting

This is what we needed to put it together:

  • Sewing machine
  • Paper and printer
  • Pencil and ruler
  • Scissors

Let’s make potholders!

To make the potholders in the shape of a house, I first needed a pattern. I took a copy  of the house image in our logo and pasted it into MS Word. Then I simply outlined it and printed the image. After I printed out the image, I drew a line 1/4-inch on the outside of the image border. This will allow for the seam. Then I simply cut out the pattern.

Now to cut out the pieces. I wanted to have a padded potholder, but I also wanted to be able to slip my hand inside so that I could grab things out of the oven more easily. (When I say that I grab something out of the over, of course I mean Alberto will get it out of the over because I don’t cook!) I placed the pattern over the section of jeans that I wanted, pinned it in place, and cut out the image. I repeated this step with another piece. (Keep in mind that if your image is asymmetrical like mine, you’ll need to reverse the pattern to allow for a front and back) These two pieces will be the padded portion. For the back flap, I decided to use the bottom of the jeans because they were already hemmed, and I cut out another piece. Finally, I also cut out enough batting so that it is about 1/2-inch thick.

We wanted to have a birdhouse opening  in the middle of the holder, just like our logo, so I used a glasd to draw a circle in the middle of the piece that would be the front of the potholder.

I cut out the circle and pinned the scrap fabric behind it making sure to center the pattern. Using the sewing machine, I sewed the scrap fabric in place leaving an 1/8-inch hem.

On the back of the fabric, I used the ruler to draw a crisscross pattern on the fabric. The crisscross will be my guide for the quilting of the potholder.

I then placed the batting between the first two pieces of denim and pinned them together, and then I quilted the two pieces together. I finished it by placing a small hem on the bottom inside of the quilted piece. The first half of the potholder is done!

Before sewing, I placed the last piece face up on the table and pinned the quilted piece face down on top of it. Then I started sewing around three edges to secure it in place. I turned it inside out, and I had a wonderful new potholder!

This is a great project, and it’s perfect for those old clothes that are too worn to give away!


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