Today we will do a quick easy sew and turn a Dollar Store potholder into a cute notebook holder.
I buy the potholders at the Dollar Store for 2 potholders for a dollar. The fabric is scrap from other projects. I usually end up buying ric rac unless I am lucky enough to have something on hand. But other times I don’t even bother with the ric rac because it is cute without it. In this case we will add the ric rac to coordinate with the other two projects in our kitchen set. If you have been sewing along with us this weekend you will have a lovely 3 piece kitchen set to gift or keep for yourself.
What you are going to need for this project is very simple:
Scrap fabric about the size of your potholder
1 package of coordinating ric rac
Pins, scissors, tape measure, and thread
Step One Measure you potholder. Mine was 6 and 1/2 inches by 7 inches. I wanted to add a pocket to the potholer so I added about 1/2 inches all around so I could turn under the raw edges. I wanted my pocket to be inside the binding on the potholder. Once you have your measurement plus the 1/2 inch allowance fold the piece in half. This will give you a finished top edge and a lined pocket.
Step Two Before stitching in place audition which side of the fabric looks best especially if you have directional print. Even though my print was not directional it definitely looked better one side then the other. Turn under the raw edges and press in place. Stitch in place with a 1/8 inch allowance.
Step Three Determine how big you want your pockets to be and the stitch a line down the pocket separating it into two. This will give you one pocket for the notepad and one side for the pen.
Step Four Pin the ric rak in place. Make sure to use Fray Check on the cut ends as there will be a lot of fraying. I like to hide the end of the ric rac so start someplace where you will want an embellishment. I started at the top of a pocket.
Step Five Decide on what to use for embellishment to hide the ric rac ending. I auditioned several thing from buttons to bows and finally settled on a yo-yo with a button center.
That’s it. The Notebook holder already has its loop for hanging. Easy peasy and inexpensive, Add it to the plastic bag holder and the embellished towels and you have a great kitchen set for gifting or even just for yourself.