Monday, January 18, 2010

From washcloth to potholder

I was about to toss some old frayed terry washcloths, when I stopped myself, remembering that I had read they make good insulators for potholders. I really wasn't in the mood for sewing, but I did want to see if that would work out. So I dug up this little cross stitch design that I had stitched long ago. Reminds me of the Campbell Kids from the soup can days. It came from an old Cross Stitch and Country Crafts or Cross Quick magazine from the 80's or 90's I think. I whipped it together so quickly that it looks like I must have been high on something and had my eyes closed, but I just consider it 'proof of concept'. This can work just fine and if I had only taken more time with it, I'd be very happy with the result. I'll file this technique away for future reference.

17 comments:

Annette said...

What a cutie pie...

staci said...

Cute! What a clever use for old washcloths...very thrifty and green ;)

nima said...

wow...good idea ....that looks beautiful

Lenka said...

Very cute! I love it :)

Miss 376 said...

How resourceful, great way to make good use of something that would be thrown away. I'll have to remember that one too

Kirsten said...

Terry cloth inside potholders: good idea!
Your stitching looks pretty enough to distract attention from the sewing. And by the way, I produced some potholders in the past that looked worse ;-)))

Blu said...

Cute picture!
Now what I don't understand is do people actually use these? I mean, I'd just hand up around the kitchen as a decoration and hurt anyone that used it!

Daffycat said...

Awesome reuse of an old cloth!

Jackie said...

I've never heard of using an old wash cloth for insulation! What a great idea!

Siobhan said...

YGG! So thrifty--and a super cute finish, to boot!

Mylene said...

Cute stitched piece...great finishing!

Anne said...

Great idea Annie! And I love the cute design. I think I have a couple of embroidery designs of Campbell's kids and they are very similar to your cross stitch! :)

Pumpkin said...

Great idea Annie! Sometimes it takes a 'model' to put our ideas in perspective :o)

TammyK said...

Cool idea for the old terry cloth. Cute cross stitch project :o)

Rachel S said...

It's really cute! Love the design!

Sandra said...

This is a fantastic way to stay green Annie! We must recycle no matter what.

The boy is lovely, really seems he got out from an old fashion magazine. Great job!

Michelle said...

It is very cute - one way of recycling old washcloths!