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Thread: Potholders - How fancy?

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    I keep seeing the potholder exchanges, and I really want to participate. The truth is that I am so new to sewing that I can't yet make the really fancy ones I see here. I do know how to make scented hot pads, but they aren't exactly pot holders. Do you think that people would be okay with these?

    Please be really honest about this. You won't hurt my feelings if you say no.

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    They can be used as pot holders if they are like the one I have. Mine has a slot in the back so you can replace the "scent". Couldn't you just make a scented hotpad without the slit for the scent packet and putting a little loop on one corner. You could even use a little heavier ribbon to make the loop. You can also sew several strips of fabric together and then cut your square out on an angle to make the top half of your potholder. Good Luck and give it a go. You can always use them yourself if you are not satisfied with them but I bet they will be great.

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    I understand about some people being allergic and I think something on the outside of the package would be good but I would LOVE a scented hot pad! And everyone here is still in the learning process just some are farther along then others so I'm sure what you consider not fancy would be fancy to some really really newbies. I'm sure anyone on this board would love your potholders I know I would.

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    I totally agree with the first post that scented items are not for everyone. I find over perfumed things and people offensive. It is their right to use a bottle and a half of cologne, but where is my right to not have to inhale it. WE have solved the second hand smoke problem in this country, lets now tackle the second hand cologne problem.

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    I don't like over perfumed things and people either, but aren't we talking about fragrances like apple and cinnamon?

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    I agree with not putting perfume or scents on your hot pads. Even if it is labeled on the outside of the package. If a person who is highly allergic comes in contact or around an item that has scents, the person can have a severe life threatening allergic reaction and can die within 5 minutes if not treated immediately. There are too many people out there with allergies. And we do not know who they are. I am a nurse and I have seen this happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjk
    I don't like over perfumed things and people either, but aren't we talking about fragrances like apple and cinnamon?
    People can still be allergic to apple or cinnamon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ssnare
    Quote Originally Posted by cjk
    I don't like over perfumed things and people either, but aren't we talking about fragrances like apple and cinnamon?
    People can still be allergic to apple or cinnamon.
    ok.... then how about just making the hot pad and leaving the scent out but leaving the place where someone can put their own scent if they want that way people with allergies can use it without the scent.

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    Not do do people have allergies -I have fibro and strong scents make me feel sick and get a blinding head ache.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdgiffin
    I keep seeing the potholder exchanges, and I really want to participate. The truth is that I am so new to sewing that I can't yet make the really fancy ones I see here. I do know how to make scented hot pads, but they aren't exactly pot holders. Do you think that people would be okay with these?

    Please be really honest about this. You won't hurt my feelings if you say no.
    It seems we have gotten off on a tangent here with all the scent. I guess it would be best not to send anything with a smell unless you know the person would want it.
    I just want to say that I'm sure any potholder or non-scented hot pads you made will be happily recieved.

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    I would probably avoid anything scented for a swap. Allergies aside, people just have really different ideas about what smells good!

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    I would leave out the scent. I know I would appreciate anything I received. (it means I didn't have to make it!)

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    You could still make your hot pads, just fill them with non scented things like crushed walnut shell, rice, or filler pellets you can get at Walmart.

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    I think that you may want to start a different swap for these scented hot pads, that could be a lot of fun! This swap is for potholders, and we really should/need to stay within the swaps guidelines/rules. :D:D:D

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    it's best to not ask the host and swappers to change the rules. you'd be surprised how much confusion and mayhem even the simplest change could create.

    unless is a partnered swap and you've been able to verify that your partner has no allergies or other objections it's always safest and most courteous to avoid sending anything scented. do your best to remember that. safety first whenever humanly possible.

    the flip side of that is that swappers with allergies should not throw fits or say nasty things about those who do forget and send scented items. it's unfair, unkind, ungrateful and ill-mannered. after all, they are adding what they think will be a special extra touch. if an accidental kindness puts you at serious risk then you should either exercise extreme caution when opening packages or not participate in swaps at all.

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    I am doing the potholder exchange and let me tell you, my potholders are not all that fancy. I just picked a block to use and am doing some quilting on them. No FMQ, just straight line. My potholders are definitely to be used, not to hang up for decorations.
    So you should feel free to join and exchange whatever kind of potholder you choose to make except maybe leave the scents out and let the receiver add that if they so wish!

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    Couldn't they be made without scent ?

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    I would LOVE a scenty hot pad.. !!!!!
    I'll be your swap partner..it'll be just us two!!! :lol: :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatriceJ
    it's best to not ask the host and swappers to change the rules. you'd be surprised how much confusion and mayhem even the simplest change could create.

    unless is a partnered swap and you've been able to verify that your partner has no allergies or other objections it's always safest and most courteous to avoid sending anything scented. do your best to remember that. safety first whenever humanly possible.

    the flip side of that is that swappers with allergies should not throw fits or say nasty things about those who do forget and send scented items. it's unfair, unkind, ungrateful and ill-mannered. after all, they are adding what they think will be a special extra touch. if an accidental kindness puts you at serious risk then you should either exercise extreme caution when opening packages or not participate in swaps at all.


    I argree with Patrice. Anyone that scentative to all those common items would not be wise to participate in swaps of any kind. Many items, particularly at his time of year, are scented with the season.

    Andie

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    BUT please don't take our advice to mean that we think you're a bad person. you can't help having allergies.

    we just want you to be safe.

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    Where do we find these potholder exchanges to participate? I'd like to know more about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sew 'N Sew
    Where do we find these potholder exchanges to participate? I'd like to know more about it.
    in the Members swap section.. When someone decides to host they will post it there.. .. But need to pass thru the moderators first..

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    I would like to know how you make scented potholders.

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