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@ 2012-11-27 14:21:00
Craft a Pot Holder Out of Unwanted Fabric
Craft making is a great opportunity to design the ideal present for a loved one and a great way to relax and slow down. This is because crafting is a very therapeutic pastime which can also yield something decorative and useful.
We all have creative urges every now and again and through the use of templates and crafting kits, even newbies will produce something creative without getting pressured and frustrated.
If you have your own sewing machine or access to one then you can learn how to create a pot holder for the home or as a present for friends and family, particularly if that someone cherishes their home and garden.
Pot holders are easy to make for a learner because you only need some scrap fabric or disused items of clothing and some double fold binding tape. Up to now, this task will have cost you very little, but if you want to make your pot holder a little nicer then you could use ribbon instead of tape!
If you'd like to make yourself a pot holder then just keep to the instructions below:
Craft a Pot Holder
To start with cut two 8 inch (21 cm) fabric squares for the front and back of the pot holder. Pick coordinating materials which complement the decor in the kitchen for these particular squares. If you'd like a bigger pot holder simply increase the measurements.
Regardless of item you're making, you should ideally make a pattern first, if necessary. Using a piece of cardboard measure and cut out eight inches square to use for cutting out all the fabric squares.
The pot holder must have a filling so use the template to cut out a stack of squares for this purpose. Cut out as many squares as you need so that the filling will safeguard your hands from the heat of a hot pot but thin and flexible enough so that you could sew them together with little effort.
Make a small pile of the layers so that the outer layers are facing to the outside and the filler layers are inside. If necessary, pin them together so as to keep the layers neat and tidy during sewing. Sew straight across the centre of the stack. Sew across the centre once more, perpendicular to the initial stitching. You should have divided the stack into four sections. Sew over the stack once more from corner to corner, and yet again from the opposite corner. The layers should all be joined and sturdy now.
To bind off the raw edges of your pot holder, trim all the edges using scissors to make the layers even. Open out one folded edge of the bias binding tape. You can use a wider binding tape for this job, however the thinner tape gives a neater finish.
Starting with a corner, line up the edges of the tape with the edges of the pot holder and start stitching through all layers along the first fold line, which is about 1/4 inch from the edge. Stitch neatly and slowly, attaching the opened tape all round the edge until you reach the corner you started with. Cut off the tape, leaving 3 inches (7 cm) or more if you'd prefer, to make into a loop for hanging.
Fold the binding tape over the raw edge so that the middle fold lines up with the outside of the pot holder and the other fold is hiding the raw edge of the tape. Sew the tape by hand for the best result, remembering to form a loop in the tape at the end. For further ideas of stuff to make buy some books on family crafts and hobbies.
When it is finished, you will have a useful item made to suit anyone's house and home and made from recycled materials too.