Thursday, January 31, 2013

Pot holder fun

Pot holders really aren't fun.  They are functional.  You wouldn't say " Hey, let's get the potholders out and play a game!", or "We should have a party and invite those crazy potholders next door!"  Nope.  Potholders take their work very seriously.  They keep you from burning your hands off.
 I have two oven mitts that I reach for every time I cook. The same ones, over and over again, even though I have several to choose from.  They are stained and nasty looking, but I don't want to throw them out, because, well, my hands haven't burned off.
 So I decided to make some cute ones.  Decoy potholders.  I can leave these laying around without shame, while the the real workhorses of the kitchen stay in the cupboard.  And it satisfied my need to want to crochet something, while I was in the middle of quilting something.
Wait.  Flip them over, they get cuter.  I promise.

These came about partly due to laziness.  I didn't feel like crocheting two (front and back) pieces so I cut a piece of Insul Brite, and fabric slightly smaller, and whip stitched them onto the crochet piece.  Then I added a running stitch with embroidery floss about 1/2 inch from the edge, all the way around to hold everything in place. The pattern for the crochet part can be found here.  I used hobby Lobby, I love this Cotton, and a G hook (the blue one was made with Cotton Ease).

And it was FUN!


  1. I really like the fabric added to them, they are so pretty!

  2. Very cute with the fabric on one side!
    Good idea!

  3. Oh my goodness! Must make! I love those sweet calico backing fabrics. Very granny, in the bestest possible way. :)

  4. I really like pot holders especially those cotton ones! :)

  5. Oh, how pretty! I love them. I want some too! I'll have to crochet the back of mine, as I am not a sewer...H.A.T.E.sewing. Bleh, vomit, spit, gag. But yours are so so pretty, it almost makes me want to.

  6. Love the fabric were right they did get cuter. Thanks for the link!

  7. Love these! Laughing at Pammy Sue's comment!!
    xo Kris

  8. Oh, LOVE! How fun. My friend crocheted some pot holders for me but I can't bring myself to use them as pot holders, so instead I use them as coffee mats and under my Yankee Candle jars.

  9. love them - they are too cute :)
    have a blessed weekend...

  10. CUTE!! I was not expecting fabric on the back, but now I am thinking why???? Lynne is a quilter too :)

  11. Hi Lynne, It must be potholder month...:) I've seen a few while hopping around blogland. Yours are so pretty! The fabric makes them so sweet!
    I've made a few myself using the old potholder loom method and crochet. It's fun to have these quick smaller projects in between the larger ones.
    Hope your day is sunny, penny x

  12. So darn cute with the fabric on the back! I love your color choices. Looks like these will love to help out with baking cookies and cakes!


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