How-to: Sew a Nine-Patch Potholder Entirely from Stash and Upcycled Materials

trim an old ratty towel to match each pieced squareLay out your old, ratty, clean towel. The towel can even harbor the mysterious stain or two, because it will never again see the light of day.

Lay the pieced nine-patch on the towel, right side up, smooth it flat, and pin it to the towel with pins in the middle of each square. Using a straight-edge and a rotary cutter, cut the towel to be even with the nine-patch. If your sewing got a little off kilter as you pieced, you can also use this step to trim off any uneven edges–no one will notice, I promise.

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Written by Julie Finn

I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now.

Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life, and my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties.

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  1. Loved your simple but excellent idea for potholders. I’m gonna whip some up for myself and even make some for next year’s Christmas so, for a change, I’m ahead of the game. Instructions are well written, nicely illustrated and fun, as always.

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