I'm always looking for easy, fun sewing projects that I can do with Ellie. A couple years ago mother-in-law saw this idea at a craft fair and told me about it, and it's become one of our go-to projects for a quick and easy handmade gift. There is very little sewing involved -- one straight line and a button -- so it makes an awesome beginner or kid sewing project.
I get the towels and potholders from the dollar store. The potholders come in packs of two so you can easily make this project for less than $2, counting your button. I use old buttons or mismatched ones that I can't use with anything else and they work great. You can jazz this project up with applique, hand embroidery, rickrack, or fabric paint. That's what I love about it, the simplicity and versatility.
Here's what you'll need to do:
Gather your supplies. You'll need 1 kitchen towel, 1 pot holder, 1 medium button (about 1"), matching thread, marking chalk or fabric pencil, a sewing machine, pins, and a needle. If you don't have marking chalk, use a pencil, pen, or marker.
Step1: Cut all the tags from your towels and pot holders.
Step 2: Turn the pot holder over so the side with the tag remnant is facing up. Find the center and draw a line with your marking chalk. I like to fold the holder in half, place a pin where the fold is, then mark my center line. You'll want the loop to be at the top, not on the side.
Step 3: Fold the dish towel so that it's the same width as the pot holder. You'll have overlapping sides like the photo shows below. Pin the towel down the center where the edges touch so it stays together.
Step 4: Find the center of the towel and mark. Just like the pot holder, fold the towel in half and place a pin on the fold to mark the center. Open and on the top of the towel (not where your folds show) mark the center across. Place the pot holder on the towel, right sides together, and match the center lines. Make sure that the edges line up as well. Pin in place and stitch on your center line.
Step 5: Fold the potholder in half and pull the loop over the top. Mark where the loop opening touches the other side. This is where you'll put the button. I like to use buttons with a shank (that little hook on the back) but you can use any button. The shank helps the button stick out a little bit so that the potholder loop can grab on more easily.
Sew your button on with matching thread.
Hang on your oven bar and enjoy!
Here are a few towels that Ellie made (with a little help):
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