My February item for the Let’s Stick Together monthly challenge are potholders. We painted the kitchen during our Christmas holidays so a new set of potholders would be very welcome. I never made potholders. The potholders aren’t the only kitchen textiel items that came from under my sewing machine. I started looking for leftover fabrics to make them and found a large piece of red/white gingham. We have a red roller blind in our kitchen and this red/white gingham was the perfect match. You want to know what I made besides the red/white gingham potholders? Keep reading and find you more about my homemade red/white gingham kitchen textiel items.
homemade red/white gingham kitchen textiel – potholders
I started making two potholders using the red/white gingham. The first step was quilting the Thermolam between two pieces of red/white gingham. Also something I’ve never done. A search on the internet learned me that you use a larger stitch length and 3.5 was what I used. After the quilting was done the bias band was made of some leftover red fabric. I cut three round corners and started stitching the bias band from the corner over the three round corners back to the corner again, sewing over the start and leaving 8 centimeters of bias band hanging over.
This over hanging piece of bias band is used to make hanging loop. The beauty of this method is that you don’t have to make a separate loop, the loop is fixed better and you don’t have to join the bias band. The second set of two is made of a different red check fabric and the other side is dark blue.
homemade red/white gingham kitchen textiel – lined egg basket
The homemade red/white gingham kitchen textiel also has a lined egg basket besides the four potholders. This iron plant basket was gift with some blue grape hyacinths. I really liked the basket and after the flowers were gone I decided to keep the plant basket.
This plant basket became our egg basket and a napkin protected the fragile egg shells. Now it was to turn the iron plant basket with a napkin into a pretty lined egg basket using the same red/white gingham and red fabric. The pattern was made in 30 minutes and two hours later my lined egg basket was ready.
homemade red/white gingham kitchen textiel – lined fruit basket
We used to have a large fruit basket made of glass when our two daughters were still at home. A few years ago this iron basket was a plant basket too. Another gift this time hyacinths. I decided to make a lining for the basket too to finish my homemade red/white gingham kitchen textiel scheme. This soup bowl cozy tutorial was used to make my lined fruit basket. I didn’t used the cotton batting because I only wanted to make a lining for my basket. The pattern was altered to fit my basket and after some sewing this project was also finished.
Time and Costs
potholders: cutting potholders and bias band 60 minutes, quilten 45 minutes, stitching and finishing 6 hours
egg basket: pattern making 30 minutes, stitching and finishing 2 hours
fruit basket: pattern making 15 minutes, stitching and finishing 3 hours
all used fabrics were leftovers
potholders: Thermolam € 1,75, yarn € 1,50
egg basket and fruit basket: yarn € 2,00