Some pages

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Pot holders from jeans pockets - a tutorial

I saw one of these at a friend's house a few weeks ago, and loved the idea of them! Having recently bought some jeans from the charity shop for 50c a pair, I thought I'd have a go at making my own pot holders!

Here's how:

First gather your materials. You will need 2 back jeans pockets, some fleece for the batting (padding) on the inside, pretty material for the other side of the holders and contrasting material for the binding round the edges.

Cut around the back jeans pockets leaving as much space as you can. 


Then neaten up the edges. Mine were 20 x 18cm (8 x 7").  Then cut pieces the same size from the pretty fabric and your fleece. 
Also cut strips from the contrasting fabric, 6cm (2.5") wide for the binding around the edge.  You will need strips that total in length, the distance all the way around your holders, plus a little extra to spare for the hook.
(I needed about 1 metre (39.5") for each pot holder.


Pin together the pretty fabric and the fleece.

Then stitch together. 

 I decided to try out another bit of quilting (I'm very much a beginner at this).  I just ran wiggly lines of stitching down the fabric.  It's quite fun not having to keep a straight line for a change - and just wiggle woggling all over the place!

With my fabric being stripy, wiggly lines may not have been the best choice!  I tried the wiggles both ways - what do you think?


Then pin and stitch together your fleece parts to your pocket parts, so you have the pockets and the pretty fabric facing outwards.:

Now to the binding.  Take your strips of fabric and stitch them together to make 2 long pieces - one for each pot holder:

Then using your iron, press each strip in half lengthways. Then open it up and press the edges in again to touch the center crease:

Then finally fold the whole strip in half again so all the raw edges are completely hidden and press again:

And now you have your two strips of binding ready to attach to the pot holders. Trim around the edges of your pockets to neaten up the edges and you're ready to go!

Now here is where I admit I'm not very good at binding. 
If you want a nice clear set of instructions for perfection - and handstitching to finish off - here's a good one. I would recommend you take a look at how it should be done properly!!

Me - I opened up my binding and pinned one side all around, folding the ends under to hide the raw edges, and trimming the end to make a loop for the hanger which I pinned to the reverse side.  I stitched all around, folded the binding over, and machine stitched it down on the other side.  It's not perfect - but practical !  The raw edges are hidden and the edges of my pot holders are bound!
Apologies to those perfectionists out there. One day with practice I might get the hang of binding - but for now this will have to do!


And there you have it - two pot holders made from jeans pockets and scraps!


Hang them up and they're ready to use!

A nice upcycle - and use of scraps!


For the downloadable PDF version of this tutorial, click here.

If you enjoyed this tutorial - there are many more to be found here on my tutorials page!




I shall be linking this post to many of the fabulous linky parties whose pretty buttons can be found on the bottom of this page.

55 comments:

  1. What a cute idea. Thanks for sharing. It is simple too.

    Enjoy the rest of your week.

    ReplyDelete
  2. These are great, Jill! And I LOVE the idea of the wiggly lines for a beginning quilting technique. Thanks for the great tute and idea!

    ReplyDelete
  3. I LOVE upcycling jeans! The possibilities are endless it seems. I have not seen the potholders however. Super cute!

    ReplyDelete
  4. This is such a cute idea!! I wish I could sew. :)

    ReplyDelete
  5. Great work, that's a very interesting idea! Have a great day!

    ReplyDelete
  6. This is a great project! Thanks for the tute. I'm not great with applying binding, but little projects like this are great practice.

    ReplyDelete
  7. I like this! I will have to hunt out some old jeans!!
    Feel free to submit this to my link party, would love to share it with more people!
    http://toastiestudio.blogspot.com/2012/01/made-monday.html

    ReplyDelete
  8. Really cute idea! I love upcycling ideas and I have some old jeans that I have been using for rag quilts, so this would be great for using the pockets up. I also like that this would be a very manly gift with the right colour choices. It's always hard to make something for the men in our lives.

    ReplyDelete
  9. How adorable is this idea?! LOVE this! Pinning it! :)

    ReplyDelete
  10. I love these potholders ! I hope you will share them at my party, Some Good Stuff, http://some-good-times.blogspot.com/2012/01/some-good-stuff-2.html

    Megan

    ReplyDelete
  11. Love the blue jeans pot holder. Thanks for sharing it.

    Eilis
    my-heart-lives-here.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  12. i like that idea! it's just great and looks easy to made. thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  13. Very cute! I love upcycled crafts.

    ReplyDelete
  14. These are adorable. Stopping by from Creative Itch's linky party and your newest follower. Also, I'm participating in your blog hop too.

    Here is what I shared: http://craftybrooklynarmywife.blogspot.com/2012/01/my-first-amp-cover.html

    ReplyDelete
  15. Those are too cute! I found you through Craft-O-Maniac. Thanks for sharing! :)

    ReplyDelete
  16. Love this idea! Thanks for sharing @'Sew Cute Tuesday'! I'll be featuring you on 1/17, so be sure to stop by and grab a 'featured' button!

    ReplyDelete
  17. I love this project. More ideas to recycle!

    ReplyDelete
  18. Jill, Saw these over at Reduce Reuse recycle first...So smart and fun. You are always coming up with something clever. Much care to you.

    ReplyDelete
  19. These look awesome! I am so going to make some :) I just pinned it so I can remember where to find the tutorial!

    ReplyDelete
  20. Neat idea! I shared this on my Facebook page :) facebook.com/cardboardcrafter

    ReplyDelete
  21. great idea, thanks for posting this!

    www.notimefortea.com

    ReplyDelete
  22. Such a great idea. I am going to have to do this! You should totally link this up to my homemade year linky party. This is too creative!!

    Danielle from Blissful and Domestic

    ReplyDelete
  23. Great idea for jeans!!! I'm featuring you on my blog - pop over to grab a button!
    Green Issues by Agy

    ReplyDelete
  24. Cute and a great upcycle. If I ever get half my projects I want to finished, I'd have enough stuff for a brick & mortar, much less etsy store, lol. Not much danger there, stuff gets in the way, ya know? Thanks.

    ReplyDelete
  25. These pot holders just make me smile! I love the fabric you chose to go with the denim, it spruces it up so nicely. Not to mention, it's such a nice way to use up some scraps. Thanks for the inspiration!
    Beth
    www.chicenvelopements.wordpress.com

    ReplyDelete
  26. Featuring on Thursday at Bacon Time :)

    ReplyDelete
  27. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  28. This is very cool! great idea, love it!
    Thank you for giving this tutorial.

    ReplyDelete
  29. What a great idea. i will definitely be doing this with old jeans. Thank you for the great tutorial

    ReplyDelete
  30. I'm going to definitely make these but I'm going to use bias tape instead because I have alot of it.

    ReplyDelete
  31. Lovelly project, I love recycle old jeans and that´s a great ideia. Thansks for sharing :) Ana

    ReplyDelete
  32. thank you so much for your time to make this great tutorial and sharing it with every one, i love to make these.
    love.......nancy

    ReplyDelete
  33. I found this through All Free Sewing and as I'm currently in a potholder swap, and was looking for something a little different, these will be ideal! thanks so much for making this tute available :).

    ReplyDelete
  34. Hi Jill, I've featured your Jeans Pocket Pot Holders today...
    http://threadingmyway.blogspot.com/2012/07/threading-your-way-features.html

    ReplyDelete
  35. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  36. Thanks, I was looking for something different to do with some old jeans.
    Great idea for a birthday present for a cook.

    ReplyDelete
  37. I really liked the look of your freehand "wiggly line quilting technique" that FOLLOWED the stripes. Thanks for sharing...Barbara

    ReplyDelete
  38. These are so cute, I just got rid of a pile of jean with holes in the knees from my son,wish I would have kept them for this-next time!

    ReplyDelete
  39. Best online earning system in the world, Online Data entry jobs, Form Filling Jobs, Copy Pasting Jobs
    Join the best online system from home, Best Investment Plans without any work
    www.jobzcorner.com

    ReplyDelete
  40. You have so many wonderful tutorials on your site and I love the idea of using jean pockets this way. I don't mean to sound preachy or critical, but I feel that I must caution people on using fleece around heat. Polar fleece is made from recyled plastic bottles and will melt if exposed to heat, so cotton batting or insul-brite would be much safer to use between your layers.

    ReplyDelete
  41. Great idea for a use for jeans! I featured it on my blog with a direct link back at http://whittskitsfabricscrafts.blogspot.com/2013/03/mining-monday-10-terrific-potholder.html
    Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  42. Such a cute idea! I did make a variation of it and wanted to say thank you for the inspiration:@)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks for letting me know - just popped over to see - great take on the idea!

      Delete
  43. Thank you VERY much for including a printable/downloadable file. I suspect we have all wanted to save a pattern or idea for later and found it difficult or impossible to print or save the instructions.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You're so welcome! I'm glad people are finding them useful!

      Delete
  44. I saw this on Threading My Way's denim round-up today. So cute!!! I just might have to make these. What a great wedding shower gift! I hate binding, though! I guess I need to practice. :( Pinning to my denim upcycles. :)
    Gina @ Gina's Craft Corner

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Gina. I'm not great on binding either, really need to practice more!

      Delete
  45. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  46. For those of you that don't like to do binding, you could, put the pieces together,right-side facing,sew around all edges leaving a 2ish inch hole on the bottom, then turn it right-sides out and then whip stitch the hole closed or top-stitch it closed. If I did the latter I would just top stitch it around all four sides. that would give you a bit of a binding look.
    Also, sense we are re-cycling clothing, try finding an old wool sweater,(wash it in hot water,to felt it.) then use that as the "batting". wool is a natural insulator,of sorts, and you could even do with out the back fabric, sew the jean pocket to the wool and sew your binding on and your done.
    Hope I did not step on any ones toes! If I did Sorry!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks for the tips with the binding and the idea of using wool for the batting!! Brilliant!

      Delete

I love when people take the time to leave me a comment, and I do read them all and try to reply them. Do make sure you've checked 'show my email' in your profile (on your dashboard) so your email will show up for me to reply to! Thank you!!

Related Posts with Thumbnails