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Thread: Need help with potholder

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    Hi ladies,

    I want to make a potholder for a friend but I'm wondering what to stuff it with? I checked online and the patterns I saw called for quilt batting. The only fabric store in town closed. I only have some fiberfil. I'd like to send this out this weekend and have no way of getting to the store. Think I can use the fiberfil? Anybody have any other suggestions? I was thinking of buying a cheap one at the dollar store and quilting over it, LOL!

    Feel free to e-mail me direct since I don't get to the board every day.

    Thanks,

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    Moderator tlrnhi's Avatar
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    I think the fiberfill will be too thin.
    I think getting a $1 one and going over it would work....why not try?

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    Save your old ironing board cover to use inside pot holders. The padded part.

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    You can use layers of flannel or old towels...cotton batting works....good luck :D

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    Terry cloth towels work well. I don't think fiberfil would be good to use though, it's polyester and will burn through.

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    Wow, thanks for all the great ideas!

    When I finish it I'll post a picutre:)

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    I just bought a new book called, "101 fun to quilt Potholders." It says to use three layers of cotton batting. You can also use the insul-bright, if you like. I don't think fiberfill is a good idea to use at all. Good luck with your potholders!! :D :D :D :D

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    I haven't made pot holders but some people say the they use insul-bright in the to help with heat so you don't burn your hands if you are going to use them. Old ironing board pads may be a great idea.

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    Thanks for the tips girls. My problem is that there is no fabric store in town. I have no car so can't get to Walmart (don't even know where the closest one is, i went with somebody a few years ago and it was about 2 hrs away) I can buy some in NYC but I won't go just for one thing and I know my girls will want to go next weekend when they are home from College so I am saving to spend then, LOL!

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    I also knit potholders with wool yarn.
    I imagine that a piece of an old wool blanket would work perfectly....

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    The product called Insul-Bright is amazing. I used it for Christmas gifts and it is great to work with (but not cheap). I am sure you can get it through the Keepsake Quilting catalog...probably other places too.
    Wendy

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    I use lovingly used cotton baby and toddler blankets. They are already fire resistant (by law) single layer for hot pads, and triple layers for pot holders. I buy them from second hand stores like Goodwill, that way I recycle, they benefit for their programs. Yard sales are a great resource too.

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    wow jbsstrawberry, great idea! You ladies are the best! Thanks so much for all the ideas. I'l see which one I use on this one and use the others for the next ones, now I feel like making a bunch of potholders just to see which idea I like best, LOL!

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    Well, I'm glad everyone told you about Insulbrite. I was looking for your comment yesterday or so (before anyone had mentioned Insulbrite) and couldn't find it. It works great (add a layer of batting in addition) and is very reasonable. It is usually behind the counter and you have to ask for it. I made lots of potholders at Christmas. There were quick little gifts and I had fun making them!

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    Fleece works great too!

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