More Vintage Scrap Pot Holders

Here are a few more pairs of pot holders, done in vintage scraps.

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Find them here on Etsy.

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Easy Bib Tutorial

I’ve always loved using generously-sized bibs on my tots. Less mess on the shirt! I also often will tuck the bib under the plate the child is eating from so that it acts as a crumb catcher.

I use old towels for my bibs because I’m thrifty like that. And then scraps of cotton fabric for the binding/ties. If I use premade binding, these bibs take only 10 minutes but if I make my own, it’s more like 30. Still fast!

1. Decide what size bib you want and cut it out of an old towel. My bibs are about 10 by 15 inches.

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2. Find a circle that is about 4 inches wide (pencil sharpener in my case) and press it into the center of the top of the bib to make a half circle. See the depression it made in the terry?

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3. Cut out the half circle. You can throw that little piece out.

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4. Serge or do a tight zigzag stitch around the entire edge of the bib except for the neck hole.

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5. Grab a piece of double fold bias binding that’s about a yard long. Find the center of the binding and pin it to the center of the neck hole. Be sure to encase the raw edge of the towel inside the binding.

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6. Pin the binding around the remaining neck edges.

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7. Fold in the ends of the binding to hide raw edges.

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8. Starting on the short little end, use a straight stitch to sew the binding sides together.

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9. Continue down the long edges, using a 1/8 inch seam.

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10. When you come to the neck edge, continue sewing on top of the binding all around the neck. I like to back stitch a few stitches when I start sewing on the towel to help give the ties some extra security. Finish sewing all down the other tie, too.

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11. And there is your simple bib!

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Alternatively, you may encase all of the raw bib edges in binding. Much prettier but not as fast as serging. I do the sides first before the neck edge/ties so that the shoulder edges get caught in the neck binding.

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Old towels also make great face wipes. I make my little washcloths about 7 or 8 inches square and just serge around the edges. These only get used for washing up sticky faces and fingers. No baby wipes or paper towels for me!

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For reference, I got 6 bibs and 4 small washcloths out of one medium-sized bath towel.

Patching Knees Tutorial

My eldest boy has a thing with wearing the knees out of his jeans. Maybe it’s because I buy used clothing. At any rate, this is how I take care of the problem.

1. Start by ripping out the inner leg seam. For a small pair of pants, you practically have to rip from the crotch down to the hem, but not quite. I ripped from pin to pin on this pair of jeans.

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2. It will look like this when turned right side out.

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3. Cut a large patch from scrap denim (I use old jeans). You want it to be generously sized so it reaches to good, unripped areas of fabric around the hole. Pin it on to the exterior, making sure the side towards the inner leg seam will get caught in the seam when you see it back shut.

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4. Use a close zigzag stitch to sew around the three edges of the patch that will not get caught in the inner leg seam.

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5. Next I like to use a straight stitch to sew random straight lines all across the patch. This reinforces the patch and keeps the hole from ripping further.

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6. Turn the pants inside out and pin the inner leg seam shut.

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7. Sew down the original stitch line, making sure to overlap the previous stitching that you didn’t rip out.

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8. Serge or zigzag stitch the raw edge of the seam so it doesn’t fray.

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9. Finished seam:

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10. Finished patch:

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11. Happy boy!

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12. Alternatively, place the patch on the interior of the leg before sewing as shown. It looks decorative and trendy!

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