So it’s getting down to the wire and maybe you can’t bear to hit the mall ONE MORE TIME. Maybe, like me, you have craft fairs or school fundraisers to participate in and you’re at a total loss for something to make. Not to worry! Nacho Mama has an easy, simple craft that virtually anyone can make-I promise!
Like many of you, my budget couldn’t be tighter this year. So I really wanted a craft I could make using things I already had on hand. Being an interior designer, I am literally surrounded by fabric samples. In fact, I had 2 HUGE boxes of samples from a company that recently closed. I was about to throw them away when I noticed that they were all outdoor fabrics-meaning they were machine washable! Hmmmm….If I had any sewing skills whatsoever, I could use them for a quilt. But alas (if you read my Thanksgiving craft post) I cannot sew a stitch. Maybe I could find something to do with these samples that requires only a minimal amount of sewing, just enough that I could beg or bribe my mom to do for me? Another wrinkle (so to speak) was that I have this rule about crafting: I try not to give anything I’ve crafted to anyone that they can’t actually use. Looking at all my 12 x 12 fabric samples, a lightbulb went off-POTHOLDERS! Everyone needs potholders, right? Especially now that we’re all eating at home so much more.
So I googled “How to make a potholder in minutes” and got a Youtube video with exactly that title, showing an adorable potholder pattern, and it only required a tiny amount of sewing, YAY! The only thing I had to buy was a couple of yards of heat-resistant fabric (like you’d find on an ironing board cover). It was dirt cheap at my local craft store. I also purchased an 8.5” quilting square template so I could make sure all my fabric squares were exactly the same size. I recommend checking out the video, but here’s what you’ll need:
-Quilting Square template
-2 yards heat-resistant fabric
-“Lining” Fabric (I used an old pillowcase)
-Squares of decorative fabric
For each potholder you’ll need to cut out, iron and layer in the following order:
-1 square “Lining” Fabric
-1 square heat-resistant fabric
-1 square decorative fabric
-4 squares decorative fabrics, folded in half and arranged in a “basket-weave” pattern on top of previous layers (see photo below)
Then pin all your layers together and beg your mom to sew a seam all the way around the perimeter of your potholder.
Once you make sure all the layers are sealed up, turn your potholder inside out and iron-voila!
Does even that seem too complicated? Fine! I’ll give away a pair I made with my own hands and my own mom (plus a little something extra-how about a $25 Olive Garden Gift Card so you can actually get a night out?) Here’s how you can enter NACHO MAMA’S GIVEAWAY:
- Leave a comment below-maybe you can relate a last minute gifting or crafting horror story!
- Follow me on twitter @shesnachomama and tweet me and @rockonmommies that you did J
- Follow my blog www.nachomamasblog.com
That’s it! I’ll choose a winner at random on December 26th-good luck!
Wishing you a happy, crafty holiday filled with love and extra cheese,