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.
1.Start with a standard sized dishtowel, preferably one that is not terrycloth.
3. With the wrong side of the dishtowel facing up, fold over one long side towards the center about 1/3 of the width.
4. Fold the other long side towards the center about 1/3 of the width, leaving raw edge about ½” from the folded edge.
5. Fold end pieces of the folded dishtowel towards the center.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. Stitch all around the 4 sides of the potholder. That’s it!
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!
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