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Monday, November 12, 2012

Just Sew: Potholder Covers

I have been using the same ratty potholders for years, embarrassed of them when we have company or when I use them to take a dish someplace else.  At one point, I tried using a piece of a heavy wool sweater that had been felted as a potholder, but the heat still seeped through and they did not provide enough protection.

You can probably guess where this was going, but it took me a lot longer to figure it out.  I simply sewed slipcovers for my ugly old potholders out of a felted wool sweater.  It was so easy!  I cut two squares a little larger than my potholders, placed the potholder in the middle, and sewed them together.  I like the exposed edge, but one could turn them inside out after sewing and finish them that way.
They are so cute now!  I chose a colorful striped sweater so I have a lot of coordinating color choices for the other two potholders that are left.  I can't believe it took me as long as it did to figure it out,  but now I am so glad it's done.  I can't wait to show them off at Thanksgiving.


  1. Nice idea! I tend to use the same old potholders even though I have a few "newer" ones in the back of the drawer under everything. For me, the old ones seem easier to maneuver better around hot pots/etc. Did the wool make them a little more slippery less grippy? I have a few wool sweaters in the basement that may need to be repurposed.

  2. I can see how some sweaters would be slippery. This was heavily felted 100% lambs wool and it has some texture to it. You could always try grabbing cold dishes with the sweater wrapped around your hand first to see how it would do.