As I mentioned, I have a very old cotton, quilted mattress pad that finally just bit the dust. Actually, it bit the dust a long time ago but I liked it so much I couldn’t give it up. The children gave me grief about it, especially when it wound up on their bed under their sheets. Ah well. I wonder how many times it’s been washed? Countless.
So, I have had it on my mind for a long time, wondering what to do about it when I finally gave in and took it out of circulation. A few days ago while changing linens I got it. It’s the perfect material to use for a changing pad. Yes, I know, I don’t have anyone to change on it. But, you never know and at least someone someday can get some use out of it. They sell these “organic” changing pads for quite a bundle. I figure this is pretty close to organic because it’s so old it doesn’t have anything but natural materials in it.
I forgot to take a picture before I started, but here’s the center part that was left when I cut out of it everything I wanted to use:
|Yeah, pretty bad, I know.|
Here’s a blurry (sorry) shot of what I started with for the mattress pads. I was able to make two very good sized ones by cutting rectangles off the ends. That way there was only one edge to bind.
Before I get into the other things I did, I noticed that scraps of this made perfect mattresses for dollhouse beds. I made two.
So, for the rest, I cut out five nice squares to use for the interior portion of potholders!
I looked at material on my shelves (still love them!!!) and thought about what I wanted to use for the fronts and backs. I thought of trying to do everything from my scrap basket and that was a neat idea, but I kept thinking, I want to use something sturdy that will last. I looked around some more and then it hit me: those upholstery fabric samples I got at the thrift store! Oh boy!! There were two sizes of samples, the larger of which could be cut into quarters for the perfect potholder size. Better and better.
|Would you look at how expensive these fabrics are? That’s per yard.|
Because it sort of went with the color scheme I also used a fabric I found at the thrift store that was way too heavy to use for quilts or clothing. I centered the diamonds on the front and back, doing one green and one yellow.
I didn’t mix and match, I just went ahead and made the fronts and backs the same. I was determined to keep using things from my stash and not buy anything so I used some binding that I already had. It wasn’t ideal, but it was ok. I am not so good at binding.
Sparing you most of the sordid details (“fudging” may or may not have been involved), here are the finished potholders. I only made three tonight because I’m tired and figure that’s a pretty decent output for one evening.
I’m looking forward to tossing out my old potholders. Unless I think of a use for them…