April 16, 2008

Today's design*sponge DIY

**it appears that our diy wednesday post over at design*sponge isn't loading up correctly at the moment, so until it gets fixed, we're posting it here...**

vintage fabric potholders
as you might have guessed, our apartment is quickly becoming somewhat of a diy wednesday showroom. it’s been so fun filling our home with our little crafty projects, but one room that we’ve unintentionally neglected has been the kitchen. so we were really excited when we stumbled upon some vintage fabric in the craft bin perfect for making a set of pot holders to brighten up the kitchen.

happy crafting!
-derek & lauren

here’s what you’ll need:
two 8” squares of thick fabric, such as canvas or bark cloth. (no flammable synthetics!)
8” square piece of cotton batting (which you can double for extra thickness)
36” piece of extra-wide double fold seam binding
matching thread
steam iron
sewing machine

1. cut out fabric and batting, and sandwich them together with the batting in the middle.
2. pin your seam binding around the raw edges of the fabric, easing the corners into shape with the steam iron (this takes a little patience, but the corners will eventually lie flat when pressed.) the tail end of the seam binding will be 4” longer than the perimeter of the potholder.
3. stitch around the potholder close to the edge of the seam binding, making sure to catch the bottom layer. stitch all the way up the tail.
4. fold under the raw edge of the tail end of the seam binding 1/2” and press. fold the tail down to create a loop. pin and stitch into place.

the ingredients

step 2: pinning in place

finished potholders!

1 comment:

Conn said...

And you sleep when?
Very cute.... i'm on it.