Just because you haven’t mastered every stitch and every sewing technique doesn’t mean you can’t start sewing new things for your home. A basic straight stitch is all you need to make an easy potholder from a couple of washcloths. It’s an easy project that will make things easier for you in the kitchen.
The best washcloths to use are ones that are not too thick yet not too thin. Wash cloths witih embroidery or similar details are not idea. If you can tell the difference between the front and the back of the wash cloths place them so that the two right sides are together. Before starting to stitch, though, you’ll need to cut pieces that go inside to provide the insulation.
Felt works well to make insulation that can withstand the heat. Squares cut from something like an old receiving blanket work, too. Cut one or two squares of the inner fabric and make them just a tad smaller, on all four sides, than the wash cloths. To begin assembling the potholder make sure two wash cloths are stacked with right sides together, then set the square(s) of inner fabric on top of one of them. Pin around all four sides of the washcloth, pinning the inner fabric to its washcloth as you do so.
Start sewing by placing the foot about two inches from one corner. The side you sew on should be the side that features the inner fabric square(s). Sew to the corner, taking a few stitches at first, back-tacking, then sewing again. Get to the corner, turn and go up one side, across the bottom, then down the opposite side. As you get to the final corner, turn and sew a few stitches on the last side. Back-tack. Remove the pot holder from under the foot and trim the threads. You should now have all four corners finished with an open area along one side.
Turn the potholder right-side-out and fold the open edges of the fabric under a half-inch. Now make a straight stitch right across the open area. These stitches can be seen so take your time and sew straight and neatly. Now sew across the center of the potholder, then once down each side of that line. Turn the washcloth and do the same thing but in the opposite direction. This technique creates a quilted design that helps hold the inner fabric in place. Your washcloth potholder is now complete and can be used whenever you’re ready!