Potholder Made From Scrap Fabric

Make a craft if you need a gift for someone special or just want to take some time for yourself. Crafting is a good way to relieve stress, and it can also lead to something useful or pretty. Everyone is creative to some degree, and a creative craft doesn’t have to end in frustration with today’s kits and patterns.

potholderIf you know how to use a sewing machine, you can learn to make a craft that will be useful and appreciated. Potholders are a great first project for people who want to learn how to sew. They can be made from scraps of fabric or old clothes and a bit of double-fold bias tape. Here are the easy steps for making this creative craft.

Learn To Make A Potholder Craft

First, cut out two squares of fabric that are 8 inches (21 cm) each. These will be the front and back of the potholder. Pick fabrics that go with the rest of your kitchen for these pieces. You can make it easier by cutting an 8-inch square pattern out of a piece of cardboard. For the filling, cut more 8-inch squares from any old fabric to stack. You want the stack of fabric squares to be thick enough to protect you from a hot pot but thin enough to be flexible and easy to sew through.

Stack the layers so that the ones on the outside are facing the outside and the ones in the middle are facing the inside. You can keep the layers together by putting a couple of big straight pins through them all. Now sew right through the middle of the stack.

Sew across the middle again, this time in the opposite direction of the first stitch. You will have made 4 equal parts out of the square. Sew across the stack again, this time from one corner to the other and then the other way around. Now, the layers should be stuck together and strong.

Trim the edges of your craft with scissors so that all the layers are even at the edges. This will close up the raw edges. Unfold one edge of the folded bias tape. The wider bias tape might seem easier to use, but the narrower type makes a neater finished product.

Starting in one corner, line up the edges of the tape with the edges of the potholder and start stitching through all layers along the first fold line, which will be about 1/4 inch from the edge. Slowly and neatly stitch the open tape to the edge until you reach the corner where you started. Take off the bias tape, leaving about 3 inches (7 cm) of it to make a loop for hanging.

Fold the bias tape over the raw edge so that the middle fold lines up with the outside of the potholder and the other fold covers the raw edge of the bias tape. For the best results, now sew the binding down by hand so that it forms a loop at the end of your creative project.

If you have a sewing machine, you can make a lot of creative crafts, like this potholder. When you’re done, you’ll have a useful item made from things you’ve already used. You can give this craft to someone else or keep it for yourself.

Conclusion

Crafting is a good way to relieve stress, and the things you make can be useful or just pretty. If you have a sewing machine, you can learn to make a creative craft. Potholders are a great way to learn how to sew and can be made from scraps.

If you have a sewing machine, you can use bias tape to make a potholder. The wider bias tape might seem easier to use, but the narrower type makes a neater finished product. You can give this craft to someone else or keep it for yourself.