I know it must seem like I have a bunch of sheets and duvet covers around my house, just waiting to be used for DIY projects, but really what else are you going to do with those things? This is a simple potholder, using the little loom out of the potholder kits you used to make as a kid. The difference is that you can hand pick your fabric and use woven, non-stretchy cottons to get an oversized, custom kitchen accessory.
Gather Your Materials
If you can find an old loom from a thrift store, that’s the best. Otherwise, you can order a new one. I prefer the metal ones, because they don’t break as easily. My mom graciously dug this one out of our old closet and shipped it to me. I used to potholder a lot. Mainly because I was inspired after finding a huge multi-colored potholder quilt stuck in the back of a closet, that my parents finally told me that they made together while dating in the 60s. I am so my parent’s kid. Also, the metal threader is custom-made by my dad out of a coat hanger…because the standard one wasn’t efficient enough.
Prepare Your Fabric
You can use any fabric you have around the house because you actually don’t need that much. I used part of an old yellow dress and a mint duvet cover for mine. Use this tutorial to cut your fabric and make one super long connected strip.
Wrap your fabric around each tooth of the loom, back and forth, until you have all of your fabric in vertical lines all the way across. Then take out your threader and pull the fabric through horizontally, weaving it up and down in between your initial vertical strips.
Starting at one corner, I used a crochet hook to single crochet around the entire potholder, securing each of the loops as I went around. When I got to the end, I made a final loop with my fabric before securing a knot. That’s it!