DIY originally by happiestcamper.com
While being stuck at home you can feel like you want to accomplish big projects- but sometimes the little things can make a big difference. That’s why we are bringing you a small DIY that can be a big help! The Hanging Pot Holder and Towel! They are super easy and machine washable.
What you’ll need for this DIY is:
- a hand towel
- a rectangular pot holder with a loop on it
- a button big enough for the loop
- a sewing machine or a needle and thread
Fold the towel in thirds lengthwise so that it is roughly the same width as the pot holder. You can measure if you’d like, but I just eyeball it.
Next fold the towel and the pot holder in half to form a crease down the centers. This gives you a disappearing line for you to sew along without having to use any washable pencil or marker.
Place the pot holder on top of the folded towel with right sides together, and line up the seams. Use a couple of clips or pins to hold it in place.
Sew along the crease. This can be done by machine or by hand. You might have to put the feed dogs down on the sewing machine machine to get the layers of towel and pot holder under the needle. Then you can put the feed dogs back up to sew. Be sure to backstitch at both ends to secure it, because if you don’t backstitch the pot holder and kitchen towel will possibly come apart over time. (See what feed dogs are below)
These are feed dogs. (They are metal teeth-like ridges that emerge from a hole in the throat plate of a sewing machine. Feed dogs move as you sew, gently gripping the bottom fabric to help it pass through the sewing machine and produce a high-quality stitch.)
Flip the top half of the kitchen towel behind the pot holder and bottom half.
Now sew a button to the top center of the pot holder. Choose a button that fits through the loop of the pot holder easily while being large enough to hold it in place. For the button this is another opportunity to customize the project for your tastes. Choose a simple button or you can go for a bold look. I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I had to run to the dollar store to purchase a sewing kit for this step.