Sunday, 2 November 2014

Potting around

I bet you thought I gone awol again. I was in the middle of two sewing projects and knew at least one of them would be finished in time for Sunday’s blog.

One of our good friends, Jenny, is having a new kitchen installed. So, I thought I’d make her some pot holders to protect her new work tops.

She’s cat crazy (five at the last count – I think! – plus others that she fosters....) so knew she’d appreciate felines’ one way or another.

Instead of buying some fabric with cats on and making four pot holders in no time at all I wanted each of them to be different.

The plan was to appliqué four cat poses on to the pot holders. As I’m not that good of an artist I found Google had some great silhouette images of cats. After making a shortlist of seven pussy cats I eventually whittled it down to four.  The winning felines’ were then rescaled to fit the size I wanted and a template printed out on paper.

Previously when I’ve appliquéd I’ve used felt for the image as it doesn’t fray.  This time I wanted to use fabric. Rather than doing a narrow hem to stop the edges from fraying, I attached a piece of iron-on interfacing to the back of the fabric before I cut the cat out.

There are a couple of stray bits of thread that have escaped the interfacing but I rather like it as it looks cat’s fur.

I wasn’t sure what colour scheme Jenny was going for in her new kitchen so I just chose four colours that would work with the black and cream.

I hope she likes them....

Have a great week.

Gertie xx

PS why not pop over to Handmade Monday to see what other fellow craft bloggers have been up to.


  1. They are lovely - great that they are all different and furry too!

    Have a super crafty week,

  2. What a fantastic gift idea! I'm sure she will love them and they will get loads of use! Not sure I would want to hide them under a pot tho, they are too lovely! Xx

  3. I love the black cat silhouettes (had to look up how to spell that word after several failed attempts. I love anything cat.

  4. These are lovely, we have a lot of crazy cat people in our family, what great gifts.

  5. What a lovely idea and I'm sure your friend will love them.

  6. Aww what a lovely gift, i think your friend will be thrilled with them! x

  7. Your "cat" holders came out beautiful! I'm sure your friend will cherish this special gift you made for her. It's always nice to hear from you. I hope you have a great week.

  8. What a good idea for the shapes and it's worked really well, your friend is lucky to get a unique gift!