Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Christmas 2016: Potholders, A Hot Plate and a Book
I was at the used store earlier this month and was just glancing at the craft section when I saw some what looked to be quilt blocks that someone had pre-cut and were all pinned together for sale. I then did a quick mental check on what I'd seen and went, "Wait. Who cuts batting when making quilt blocks?" because it was obvious there was batting in with the blocks. So, I looked closer and stumbled onto a really nice find. I found that someone had actually pre-cut out pot holders, complete with thermal reflective material in with the batting (that stuff ain't cheap!) and the blocks were on sale for .25 each!!! I had been planning on making my sister-in-law some pot holders out of some thermal material I'd purchased on sale with a coupon on Jo-Ann Fabric's site a while back, but this was way cheaper, so I used my pocket change to pay for the pot holder blocks, got home and switched out the outer material to something that wasn't going to show food stains easily (I realized the mistake early on in my cooking career about buying light colored pot holders...they always look dirty!). I put different fabric on either side so they were reversible (in case she didn't like one pattern I hoped I'd at least double my chances that she wouldn't mind ONE of them *laugh*). I put some extra batting in with one pot holder (the one that has quilting like pie slices instead of the diagonal cross hatch design) to use for a hot plate or for things like moving a cast iron pan from oven to stove and such as I wanted to make sure she wouldn't burn her hand using them.
The outer material I cut from fabric I had been given to me, the quilt binding was left over from previous projects I'd done (and I think originally gifted to me by my step-mom). So all totaled the project cost me .75 to do.
I don't have a picture of it, but I am throwing in a book Keeping the Harvest: Preserving Your Fruits, Vegetables and Herbs (Down-to-Earth Book) (associate link). I got this as a good, basic beginner guide to canning, dehydrating and just general food preservation as my sister-in-law showed some interest in it earlier in the year. I got mine used (you can get it for .01 used plus shipping) and used a gift card I got from redeeming Swagbucks to pay for it. It's a good book that breaks down things like canning into simple to understand terms and steps.
Total time to make gift: 2 hours for the pot holders I'd say between sewing and cutting. The book I think I spent about three hours on Amazon searching through reviews until I found the book I wanted to get.
Total cost to make gift: .75 for the thermal reflective fabric squares.