Cutie Pie Pot Holders
Made from old sweaters these pot holders are sure to add a bit of color to any kitchen decor.
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.
What you'll need:
- Felted wool sweater
- Rotary cutter and cutting pad
- One 7-inch square of woven cotton fabric
- One 1x6-inch strip of cotton jersey
- Extra-long straight pins
- Size 16 yarn darner needle
- Persian wool or embroidery floss
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.
- For each pot holder, cut a 7-inch square from both the felted sweater and the woven cotton fabric. If the felt is thin, cut two or three squares to increase the thickness of the finished pot holder.
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.