Crafts And Creative Handicrafts
If you need a gift for a special person, or just need some time to unwind, make a creative
handicraft. Crafting is therapeutic when you are feeling stressed, and it also can yield a useful or decorative
item. Everyone has some measure of creativity, and with modern kits and patterns, a creative handicraft does not
have to end in frustration.
If you have a sewing machine, you can learn to make a creative handicraft that will be a useful
and welcome gift. Potholders are a great beginning sewing project that can be made from scrap material or unwanted
clothing and a bit of double-fold bias tape. Here are the simple instructions for this creative handicraft.
First cut two 8-inch (21 cm.) squares of fabric to be the front and back of the potholder.
Choose coordinating fabrics that match your kitchen for these pieces. To make it easier, you can make an 8-inch
square pattern from a piece of cardboard to use as a pattern. Cut more 8-inch squares of any old fabric to stack
for the filling. You want the stack of fabric squares to be thick enough to protect you from a hot pot, but thin
enough to be flexible and able to be sewn through.
Stack all layers so that the outer layers are facing to the outside and the filler layers
are inside. You can put a couple of large straight pins through all layers to keep them together. Now sew right
across the middle of the stack. Sew across the middle again, perpendicular to the first stitching. You will have
divided the square into 4 squares. Sew across the stack again from corner to corner, and again from the other
corner to corner. The layers should be joined and sturdy now.
To bind off the raw edges of your creative handicraft, trim with scissors so that all the
layers are again even at the edges. Open out one folded edge of the bias tape. The wider bias tape might seem to be
easier to use, but the narrow type makes a neater finished product. Starting at one corner, line up the edges of
the tape with the edges of the potholder, and start stitching through all layers along the first fold line, which
will be about 1/4 inch from the edge. Stitch neatly and slowly, attaching the opened tape all around the edge until
you reach the beginning corner. Cut the bias tape off, leaving 3 inches, (7 cm.) to make into a hanging loop.
Fold the bias tape over the raw edge so that the middle fold lines up with the outside of
the potholder and the other fold is hiding the raw edge of the bias tape. Now, for best results, hand sew the
binding down, forming a loop on your creative handicraft when you get to the end.
This potholder is just one example of a creative handicraft you can create if you have a
sewing machine. When it is finished, you will have a useful item made from all recycled materials. Feel free to
give this creative handicraft away or keep it for yourself.
By: Elliot Higgins