Saturday, November 16, 2013

Repurposed Place Mats

I was recently cleaning out some cabinets and I found 4 old kitchen placemats that I haven't looked at in who knows how long.  I picked them up and was just about to toss them in the trash when a light bulb went off in my head.  Hey, why couldn't I make pot holders out of these?  The place mats were made out of a double thickness fabric and they were actually still in really good condition....


I dragged out my portable sewing machine and got to work ......


First I dug around in my scrap fabric box and quickly sewed 8 short pieces to be used as pot holder loops....


Then I cut each place mat in half, folded each cut piece in half and sewed them around the edges, inserting a loop as I went along.  Before I knew it I had 8 brand new pot holders.  What do you think??


Now I guess I'll be looking for old place mats at thrift stores so I can make some more of these.

Linking up with Craft Frenzy Friday and From The Farm Blog Hop.

14 comments:

  1. Hi Kim! You're just the smartest one! That's such a clever idea. I love it and the placemats are really cute and made great looking hot pads! You're the bomb! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

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    1. Thanks Shelia. And I managed that with my meager sewing skills. LOL!

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  2. What a great idea! You are so crafty!

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    1. I was rather proud of my ah-ha moment there. LOL!

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  3. luvluvluv this! Such a neat idea!!!

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  4. Great idea!! and they turned out super cute as well.

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    1. I used them today and they work great - they are the perfect thickness.

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  5. They turned out really cute...I like this cheerful fabric, too. I see Christmas placemats. Wouldn't they be fun to repurpose? Enjoy your week! Hugs!

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    1. Oh that's a great idea!! I thought after I was done that I should have made an oven mitt.

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    1. Thanks John - They work good altho they don't do much as far as helping my cooking along. LOL!

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  7. What a great idea! Who knew placemats could be so useful? :)

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    1. It opens up a whole new repurposing world, doesn't it?

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