I picked up this cute little vintage pot holder, in the shape of a ladies’ house dress, at my favorite thrift store, the Etcetera Store in Seward, Nebraska. It put me back 50 cents, I think. I thought it was charming, and immediately decided to (shamelessly) copy it, and make sweet house dress pot holders for all the ladies in my family, for Christmas stocking-stuffing.
If you’re anything like me, you’re trying to remember the mentals notes that you made last year after Christmas was over: Start shopping earlier, for example. Spend less, for Pete’s sake. Make more gifts.
Well, you’re in luck, you blessed, faithful, Gentle Reader, you. Here’s a how-to tutorial just for you. You could make a pile of these in an afternoon. Add a couple to your own charming kitchen, and the rest can go in gift bags or stockings of your favorite people! Or imagine how delightful a box of these (all in different styles and colors, natch!) would be, all wrapped up for a favorite cook in your life?
‘Nuff chatting. Here we go!
You need the following: Stiff paper (for pattern), scraps of cotton fabric, thread (of course), small buttons, rick-rack or lace or anything you want to use as trim, scraps of wool fabric and/or quilt batting.
1. Cut out your pattern* (it’s a simple shape) of a dress shape out of stiff paper, and then, using the pattern, cut out (for each hot pad) one piece of wool (an old blanket works well, or any wool that you may have on hand), one piece of quilt batting, and two pieces of cotton print: one for the front, and one for the back.
2. Sew any trim or details that you want on the front piece of cotton. Here I’ve added a yoke and a cute little pocket, and a tiny button. I leave the back piece plain, but you can do whatever you like!
Here’s a close-up of the pocket, complete with a hankie. 🙂
3. Sandwich the pieces in this order: back cotton + batting + wool + front cotton, and pin together carefully.
4. Sew carefully along all the edges, taking in a scant 1/4″ seam. Don’t worry about it if the pieces don’t line up exactly. You’ll be trimming the excess next. If you’d like, sew a piece of rick-rack for a hanging loop, as shown, catching it between layers.
5. Carefully trim very close to stitching, and then (with your machine set on a very narrow, very close zig-zag) run a zig-zag stitch all around the perimeter of your hot pad. I usually sew a seam across the middle of the housedress, too, to help hold all the layers together (this could be the waistband).
6. Finally, trim off any stray threads and tra-laaaa! You’re finished! Now that you’ve made one, it’ll be child’s play to make a few more–perhaps for gift-giving, and certainly for your own kitchen! Have fun!
If you decide to make a few of these, I’d love to hear about it. If you send me pictures, I’ll even post them on a future blog post! And if you’re a little leery about making your own pattern, send me a message with your e-mail and I’ll share mine* with you!
I’ll be sharing this post with the kind folks over at The Prairie Homestead and Frugally Sustainable. Come on over and learn a few things with me!
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