Cotton Spice presents… Beki from Artsy-Craftsy Babe

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Dishtowel Potholder

For this project, I usually use 100% woven cotton dishtowels from the dollar store. It’s best to use something that isn’t too bulky.

Start with a standard sized dishtowel, preferably one that is not terrycloth. pt1.JPG

  1. Cut off the hems and any tags from the back of the dishtowel.

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2. With the wrong side of the dishtowel facing up, fold over one long side towards the center about 1/3 of the width.

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3. Fold the other long side towards the center about 1/3 of the width, leaving raw edge about ½? from the folded edge.

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4. Fold end pieces of the folded dishtowel towards the center.

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5. Fold over the dishtowel again, enclosing the raw end pieces at the center. You should now have a somewhat square (or rectangular) shaped folded dishtowel with no exposed raw edges.

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6. Pin the folded edges in place and insert a loop of ribbon (or a piece of the hem that you previously cut off) at either a corner or at the center of the potholder.

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7. Stitch all around the 4 sides of the potholder. That’s it!

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At this point you can leave the potholder as is, which is nice if you have a pretty printed dishtowel, but if you’d like to jazz up a plain dishtowel/potholder, the possibilities are endless. Some suggestions are to add appliqué, a strip of patchwork, embroidery, or stamp a design. A great gift idea is to embellish a dishtowel to match the potholder for a complete set. This could be given in conjunction with your favorite cookie recipe or a cooking utensil. Have fun!

Our guest designer is Beki from Atsy-Crafty Babe.

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8 Responses to “Cotton Spice presents… Beki from Artsy-Craftsy Babe”

  1. Cientista Says:

    What an awesome idea! Thanks for the tutorial 🙂

  2. lindsey Says:

    oh i just love this idea! i have a gross old burned potholder that must be replaced by one of these lovelies!

  3. Vickie Says:

    I love this idea! I bought up a bunch of towels when they were clearanced out at Kohls that would be perfect for this!
    Thank you!

  4. Jane B Says:

    Wow, talk about a quick and simple project! I love this one. Can’t wait to hit the dollar store.

  5. Cristina Says:

    Congratulations, your blog is lovely, I´m Cristina from Argentina and visiting Sonnja´s blog I riched you, best wishes Cristina

  6. Amy Says:

    This is a GREAT idea! So simple and easy! Thanks!

  7. Yvette Says:

    Ohh I LOVE these – forget presents – I want these for me!!!

  8. Lisa Says:

    This is a great tutorial…thanks!

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