Design by Crispina ffrench.
Excerpted from The Sweater Chop Shop © 2009 by Crispina ffrench, with permission from Storey Publishing, LLC. Photography by © Kevin Kennefick and Mars Vilaubi. Illustrations by © Crispina ffrench and © Marguerite Sauvage, incorporating photographs by © Kevin Kennefick.
Back your pot holders with fun fabric found around the house -- look through your old clothes, tablecloths, or other items no longer being used -- or at a thrift shop. Avoid polyester or another synthetic that can melt with prolonged heat exposure.
Once you've mastered the single-square pot holder, you can create a playful look by patching together a variety of fabrics. Begin with four 7-inch squares. Cut one of the 7-inch squares into four shapes and use these as your patterns to cut the others. Now mix and match your pieces to get a patchwork look, and form a completed square. Join the pieces with either a ladder stitch variation or edge-to-edge X stitch to make a new set of four pot holder tops. Complete the pot holders by finishing steps 2 though 9 again.