Hand-Made Pot Holders for Home-Based Business

A pot holder is an easy craft project that can be completed in one afternoon. Most of your capital will go towards buying fabric, as most of the equipment is found in the casual household sewingkits.

People usually don’t think of pot holders until the time comes when they need one. But while these items are basic household necessities, you won’t encounter much competition when it comes to hand-made pot holders. Simply focus on making attractive, quality pot holders that will stand out in the marketplace.

Materials Needed (all available at fabric stores):

  • Tape measure
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Needle
  • Straight pins
  • Fabric, P60-P80 per yard
  • Cloth scraps to use as padding, such as old towels or blankets
  • Thread
  • Pre-folded bias tape, P16 per sack

Getting Started

  1. Cut your fabric — 7×7″ for the front section and 8×8″ for the back.
  2. Layer the fabric together — with the back piece wrong side up, your padding material on top of that, and finally, the front piece right side up. Carefully, pin the three pieces together.
  3. Sew the three pieces together. “Quilt” the stacked layers together, sewing parallel rows of straight stitching about 1″ apart across the square. Turn the square 90° and stitch parallel rows again at right angles to the first lines of stitching, forming an all-over quilted square pattern. Or, if desired, stitch diagonally to make quilted diamond shapes.
  4. Once the square is quilted, trim the edges as necessary, using a ruler and a pencil to form an even square. Or, for a round potholder, center an 8″ plate on the quilted square and trace around it, carefully cutting off the marked corners.
  5. Finish the edges of the potholder with pre-folded bias tape. Starting at a corner, place the slightly wider side of the bias tape along the bottom edge of the potholder, and fold the narrower side over the raw edges if the fabric.
  6. Be careful easing the tape around the corners of the potholder, making sure not to overstretch the tape around corners or curves. Pin the tape into place as you go. At the end of the potholder, leave 2.5″ of extra tape.
  7. Beginning at the starting corner of the tape, stitch carefully over the thick-side of the tape, as close to the inside edge as possible. At the end of the potholder, use the extra 2.5″ to make a loop for hanging the holder.
  8. Continue stitching all along the extra tape, and then double the tape back and stitch its end to the edge of the potholder a few times for durability. The loop should lie at the corner of the potholder.

Tips

  • Two to four layers of old cotton bath towels make the best filling. If you don’t have any you are willing to cut up, you can purchase cheap ones in any department store.
  • Cotton denim or twill are ideal back pieces, as they add heat resistance and help the potholder last longer.

How Much Will You Make

One yard of fabric yields about 3 potholders. You may sell each for P200 to P250. even higher for highly customized designs which you can sell to cooking schools or at neighborhood market.

source: Katrina Tan, entrepreneur.com.ph

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