Creative Handicraft: Potholder from Scrap Fabrics
If you need a gift for a special person, or just need some time to unw
ind, make a creative handicraft. Crafting is therapeutic when you are
feeling stressed, and it also can yield a useful or decorative item.
Everyone has some measure of creativity, and with modern kits and pat
terns, a creative handicraft does not have to end in frustration.
If you have a sewing machine, you can learn to make a creative handic
raft that will be a useful and welcome gift. Potholders are a great
beginning sewing project that can be made from scrap material or unwa
nted clothing and a bit of double-fold bias tape. Here are the simpl
e instructions for this creative handicraft.
First cut two 8-inch (21 cm.) squares of fabric to be the front and ba
ck of the potholder. Choose coordinating fabrics that match your kitc
hen for these pieces. To make it easier, you can make an 8-inch squar
e pattern from a piece of cardboard to use as a pattern. Cut more 8-i
nch squares of any old fabric to stack for the filling. You want the
stack of fabric squares to be thick enough to protect you from a hot p
ot, but thin enough to be flexible and able to be sewn through.
Stack all layers so that the outer layers are facing to the outside an
d the filler layers are inside. You can put a couple of large straigh
t pins through all layers to keep them together. Now sew right across
the middle of the stack. Sew across the middle again, perpendicular
to the first stitching. You will have divided the square into 4 squar
es. Sew across the stack again from corner to corner, and again from
the other corner to corner. The layers should be joined and sturdy now.
To bind off the raw edges of your creative handicraft, trim with sciss
ors so that all the layers are again even at the edges. Open out one
folded edge of the bias tape. The wider bias tape might seem to be e
asier to use, but the narrow type makes a neater finished product. St
arting at one corner