Lots of things going on since my last post. We got a whole slew of new interns at work at the end of August, and I took on some more titles so things there have been pretty busy. Last month, we moved into a new apartment (half a mile from where we lived before, but nevermind that) and it is wonderful! I’m even getting into cooking since our new kitchen is so awesome. And I have a cool adult designed closet in my new craft room. Last night I finally got around to doing a project in there!
Sneak Peak of my new room:
I worked on two things last night. One of the aforementioned interns knows about my fledgling sewing skills and asked me to repair a dress of hers. My first request! (Well, for sewing.) Of course, at any given time I also have a running list of things I want to make, some in various states of half-done-ness. One of those projects was some potholders out of scrap pieces. I have a really great new red casserole dish, but it’s pretty heavy and I need more than our single kitchen towel to pull it out- so I deemed this project now a necessity.
But first… I fixed the dress.
If that doesn’t hold up for more than a few wears, I volunteered myself to make it into a tunic with some short slits on the side.
Moving on. I finally have potholders! I saw this project awhile back– I can’t remember if it was in a book or somewhere else- which called for fabric scraps and felt to make some potholders. I had some cool scraps I thought would look nice together, and some bright yellow felt I got at the swap last year.
I used cotton batting that was designed for making microwave potato bags. I figure it should be able to hold up to some heat. Remember, no synthetics or you will have melted disaster all over your hand. And that sounds painful.
You sew these right sides facing each other, then flip the little sandwhich open and put your next strip right side to right side and repeat. It is worthy of note that because my strips weren’t straight I lost more coverage than I had bargained for- I had to add an extra strip to one of the potholders, lucky that I had another scrap that was long enough.
Then I ironed it because it wasn’t laying flat.
When you sandwich all your pieces together, your batting does not in fact go in the middle. Your scraps should be wrong side facing you, then your backing in the middle (in this case, my yellow felt), and then your batting behind that. I got the first part right, but then left the batting in the middle forgetting that when you turn it right side out, your middle will be the back. Then I had to unstitch a bunch. That’s the theme of my crafting career. Ctrl+Z.
Since I didn’t have directions– just this idea in my head that I saw somewhere one time– I didn’t have any instructions/reminders to clip corners and trim close to my seam so it wouldn’t be lumpy and weird. I did go back and trim my seams, but the corners still aren’t awesome.
Then I made the little loops for the corners so you can hang them if you have a hook (even though we don’t have one…).
You’ll place your little loop piece in the opening, and top stitch it closed as neatly as you can. Lastly, I decided to do some “quilting” in white thread over the seams of my strips.
It was kind of a fun way to use up some scraps. It took more time than I thought it would, but that’s just theme #2 of my crafting career.