By transforming wool into felt, you can recycle discarded wool sweaters into an array of useful items and fun gifts. Try it out with this easy project for playful, personalized pot holders.
In “The Sweater Chop Shop,” recycled wool knitwear becomes the gateway to everything from a beautiful blanket or throw pillow to a holiday wreath or a child’s stuffed toy.
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Pot holders can add a bright, inexpensive handmade spark to a kitchen.
MARGUERITE SAUVAGE AND KEVIN KENNEFICK
After you’ve mastered the single-square pot holder tops like those shown here, you can create a playful look by patching together a variety of fabrics.
Fun fabrics for the backing of your pot holders are often easily found either around the house — look through your old clothes, tablecloths or other items no longer being used — or at the thrift shop.
Thread your needle with a 2-yard length of Persian wool or embroidery floss. Beginning at the corner with the hanging loop, insert your needle under the cotton top layer and push down through the hanger and the wool bottom layer(s) of fabric. Pull yarn through to the bottom of the pot holder, concealing the knot under the top cotton layer.
Finish your X-stitch with thread coming out of the fabric about half an inch in from the cut edges of the layers, and begin to blanket stitch around the edges of the pot holder. Be sure you are catching all the layers with each stitch. Keep your corners neat and square by double stitching the first and last stitches of each side seam.