quilted potholder : enid’s diy

Potholder DIY 3When we took our trip to America, one of the items that we brought back for my mother-in-law was a packet of fabric ornaments from Devil’s Tower Monument, Wyoming. She and my sister-in-law are incredibly crafty women. In fact, one of the first gifts that I received from Enid was a fabric bag that she had sewed, which was adorned with beautiful stitching. Since then, I have gotten many tailor-made gifts, all of which I love and use. This potholder is the most recent one, and is (secretly) my favourite to date.

I found it to be an extremely thoughtful gesture for Enid to use a present that was intended for her, and make something beautiful out of it, and to give it to her son and daughter-in-law. Thus, I asked her to collaborate with me on this post, so I could share it with each one of my amazing readers. Here’s how to make a quilted potholder.

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Emory

Screen Shot 2015-04-22 at 1.34.42 PMMaterials:

2 pieces 12”x 12” cotton fabric
1 piece 12” x 12” terry cloth (I used a new facecloth)
1 4” x 4” quilt square or any cute border print fabric
Matching thread
Contrasting thread

Potholder DIY 1Steps:

1. Turn quilt square edges under and press.

2. Center the quilt square on the right side of one of the cotton and stitch in place.

3. Place the two cotton squares right sides together.

4. Place your terry cloth square on top of the cotton squares and pin through all layers.

5. Sew around all sides and leave a 4” opening on the last side to turn it later.

6. Remove the pins and the trim extra fabric close to seam.

7. Turn the potholder onto its right side through the opening. I used a ruler to poke the corners out.

8. Press the whole potholder and fold the opening in so that you can sew it shut. I hand sewed the opening shut with matching thread.

9. Then I topstitched around the quilt patch with contrasting thread a few times, and that’s it!

Potholder DIY 4Potholder DIY 6This potholder is totally machine washable and dryable and because it is made of all natural fibers, it will actually get softer and thicker over time.

Enid

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urban outfitters dress diy.

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did you ever have one of those days where nothing (and i mean nothing) seems to go your way? today was that sort of day for me. from the moment that i woke up, until now, i felt as if luck was just not on my side. in fact, i am pretty sure that lady luck was having a big ol’ laugh at me!!! 

venting aside, the only thing that is keeping me going is looking at the before and after photos of this dress. what began as one of my favorite, ballerina-inspired items from uo, was after two years turned into a more modern dress style. modern for me, at least. :-)))

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i began by removing the arms, and sewing on lovely, black, semi-sheer fabric in their place. then i used the same fabric to add … you guessed it! a hello scarlett bow, of course!

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no dress of mine is complete without one. ;-)

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then *g* and i had a photo shoot late in the evening, on an extremely windy night, after work, and after i changed in our truck. also, the power was out. even though i am wearing a smile in addition to my newest diy, it was pretty chaotic. however, the photos did turn out, so i was a happy girl in the end.

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well, they turned out for the most part. the bow was actually tucked into my dress the whole time we photographed it! yet, given the day that i had, i could not expect the outcome to have been any different.

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c’est la vie, right?

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