Wednesday, August 8, 2012

A Gift Idea

[caption id="attachment_1366" align="alignleft" width="300"] Pot holder[/caption]

I am so glad you stopped by! I have been so busy getting all my children ready for school! I have been sewing curtains, dust ruffles, pillows, you name it! I visited Ikea and bought furniture for college apartments, so my sweet husband has been busy putting furniture together! The funniest thing, we were working so hard on saturday, taking advantage of the weekend, and I had an idea and disappeared into my sewing room. When I neglected to reappear, Eddie peeks into the sewing room. I wish you could have seen his face! He couldn't decide whether to be insanely furious or hysterical. Thank goodness he chose hysterical. Sweet thing, when he quit laughing he just said "I married an artist." I love that he gets me! I had an idea and I had to do it right then. It was so funny! Anyway, it turned out so cute so I decided to share it with you!

[caption id="attachment_1367" align="alignleft" width="300"] Cut 3 pieces, a front, back, and middle[/caption]

I don't know if this project is one for your teacher, but it turned out to be a good one. I made a kitchen list for my son's apartment and pot holders and towels were on it. I was just thinking through my list later that day and I thought I can make a hot pad. How crazy is that? I know! But I was dying to try it. How hard can that be? So I found some left over fabric, and old towel, and

[caption id="attachment_1368" align="alignleft" width="300"] Sew with right sides together and fleece on outside[/caption]

instead of batting I found some old polar fleece. I cut three squares, a front a back and a middle. I then put right sides together and sewed along the outside. I left a small opening so I could turn it inside out. I then folded my raw edges in and sewed along the outside edge to close the hole. To make it look quilted, I sewed inside the pot holder in the shape of the square. I love it!

[caption id="attachment_1369" align="alignleft" width="300"] Cut 8 squares of fabric and 4 squares of fleece[/caption]

If that was not enough. I thought to myself,"That is so cute, I could make coasters the same way for my daughter's apartment." This was about the time Eddie showed up and just laughed his head off. Now, this is a great teacher gift too! I found some really cute fabric left over from another project and instead of batting I used left over polar fleece. This takes very little

[caption id="attachment_1370" align="alignleft" width="300"] Sew with right sides together and fleece on the outside[/caption]

fabric, so you could use just about anything! You could use an old dish towel or table cloth or an old shirt that your husband has out grown...the possibilities are endless. I made 4 coasters, so I cut 8 squares of fabric and 4 squares of polar fleece for the inside of each coaster. I put right sides together with the polar fleece on the out side. I stitched around the outside leaving a small hole so I could turn it

[caption id="attachment_1371" align="alignleft" width="300"] Stitch squares in the middle to give a quilted look[/caption]

right side out. Once I turned it right side, I stitched along the out side and closed the hole. To give it a quilted look, I stitched on the inside in the shape of a square. I then tied them up with a piece of fabric! So adorable! So quick! So easy! You need to try it! (maybe not when your husband is doing a "honey do list") Try it and send me a picture! I'd love to see what you come up with!

[caption id="attachment_1372" align="alignleft" width="300"] Tie them up with ribbon or a scrap of fabric[/caption]

Love love love Ruthie


  1. You are just amazing Ruthie!!! So very cute. God has truly blessed you and you have used his creation (YOU) and you have run with it. Love to see what you come up with next.

  2. Love it!! Luke will have the best looking pot holders on campus and the girls will have the cutest coasters!! Send them extras to sell!