Saturday, 16 January 2016

And now for something a bit different.

I don't usually sew. In fact, the sewing machine and I tend to not get along. Unfortunately, I had a project in mind that meant using the sewing machine.

Mom made me some hanging towels years ago and I love them. They hang on the oven door and don't fall off. I always have something in the kitchen to dry my hands on.

In the autumn, I bought these really cute batty hand towels with the thought of turning them into hanging hand towels like the ones my Mom gave me. A couple weeks ago I found the black pot holders I needed at the dollar store near my house. It was time to get sewing.

Thankfully, these require one seam and a button, so it's about my speed. I sewed them up last week and today I put a button on them. Here they are, hanging on my oven.

I love them! I used white buttons that I had left from another project. I learned that I do need to pay attention to the orientation of the towel with regards to the loop on the potholder. My bats ended up upside down on the one on the left. Good thing they're bats, eh?

The one on the right is mirrored, meant to be draped over a bar, so I didn't have to worry about that one. Yes it says "bite me".

They are intended for Halloween, but that won't stop me from using them throughout the year.

The potholders aren't quite as big as the ones that Mom used, but they do go over the handle so they are fully functional.  The first step in making these is gathering the towel in the middle so that they end up the width of the potholder. Then the towel is sewn to the center of the potholder. My seams aren't perfectly center or straight, but that's not obvious now that they're finished.

I may have to do more of these.


  1. They are so cute! The Dollar Tree near our house has several printed and solid color pot holders that match with some of the kitchen towels, so it would be possible to have either a solid color pot holder the same main color as the towel, or a printed one the same print as the towel. I may have to try these! Thanks for sharing the idea.

    1. You're welcome! I think I need to make more.