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Turn Your Old Towels Into Pot Holders In 30 Minutes

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Turn stained and  torn dish towels into pot holders in about 30 minutes.   This project can be made with almost everything you already have in your home.  The beauty of this pot holder is it does not require a pattern, hemming or turning .  The towel is the pattern.  The hem is already in  and the folding technique requires no turning.  The unique thing about it is you can use any stained towel for the inside.  You can also use a torn towel if it is not real bad.  You can use a stained towel for the outside if  it folds into the potholder where it can't be seen. 

These instructions are for  making a potholder about 6 1/2 X 7 1/2 inches long with a loop to hang it when you are not using it. 

This makes good use of old towels without using them as a cleaning rag.   It is fast and simple to make.  You will need some sewing skills either by hand or machine. It makes a great gift for any cook.

This pot holder would be a nice  project for a sewing group to make as a fund raiser.   A few women could whip these out in a hurry.  The more you make the quicker you get.     

 
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Step 1: Supplies Needed

  • A stained, torn, or new pre-washed cotton dish towel.  Terry cloth is not a good option for this dish towel. 
  • A good size towel is 15 1/2 x 26 long.  Making a potholder about 6 1/2 X 7 1/2 inches long.
  • An old cotton dish towel, bath towel, or wash cloth.  Terry cloth is OK for the padding.
  • One 2X 4 inch matching or contrasting fabric scrap.  This will be used for the loop to hang the pot holder.  (Optional)
  • Matching thread.
  • Needle if you are hand sewing it.
  • Tape measure.
  • Straight edge.
  • Pins.
  • Scissors.
  • Sewing machine.  (optional)
  • Iron and ironing board.  It is optional but very helpful with best results. 

Step 2: Practice Folding The Towel

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Follow the pictures to practice folding.  I hope these instructions are easy to follow.

jocasti4 months ago

Very Nice Idea! Thanks for sharing !

sunshiine (author)  jocasti4 months ago
Thank you for viewing and do have a great day!
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sunshiine (author) 3 years ago
Home made ones are much better than the store bought ones. You can also make these larger if you use 2 towels instead of one. I know some one who would really appreciate these, don't you?
pecospearl3 years ago
Love this idea, you can make NICE hot pads instead of the junky premade ones.