made by hand gifts

My son is in his first year of preschool and has some wonderful teachers. I was inspired to make  patchwork potholders as gifts for the teachers.  Potholders are humble but can be beautiful and oh so useful. 
I had seen something by My Girl Thursday on Pinterest and decided to give it a try.
They were a small and quick project that let me use fabric that I own—perfect!!
Then…. my four year old son wanted to help me. Sure. 
It was fun to have him involved. I let go of my perfectionist self and embraced the process with him. We had a blast.
Some of the potholders are a little wonky, but hey, I can’t blame it all on my son. 🙂

Next, I had fun wrapping the potholders using plain natural tissue paper, little bits of ribbon, and some cute gift tags from Target.

Now I had better look at my own collection of potholders in my kitchen drawer.
Yikes! I should have made some for myself!

All photos: Amy Dietrich for Coventry Drive

*Thank you for your comments!

4 thoughts on “made by hand gifts

  1. I love these potholders! I made a lot of pothholders when I began quilting, but stopped when I got into larger projects. I think I haven't gone back because the style I made included binding, and it was a lot of trouble for a small project. Your examples (and the good tutorial) show a way out of the binding issue–I think I'll make some of these up to have on hand for house gifts.

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