Today, I was stitching up some new kitchen clothworks. I started sewing some scrappy cotton fabrics together to make some more drawstring food bags, quilted pot holders, and scrappy hot pads for the kitchen. Some of the food bags I make use vintage-era linens and I especially enjoy making those.
The quilted hot pads are a cross between a quilted pot holder and a quilted placemat and I use them on the kitchen counters. There is no set size because I am working with cotton batting remnants and the batting pieces determine size. I have found that the quilted hot pads are very useful when cooling cakes or pies, and I especially like putting one into service with hot jars of food on the kitchen counter. (I lift the bubbling jars out of the canning pot and set them on cooling racks for about 30 minutes, then allow them to completely cool on the quilted hot pads.)
I really enjoy stitchin’ for the kitchen because I’m making useful kitchen items and they are made with leftovers! I use up scraps of cotton fabrics, terrycloth toweling, and leftover cotton batting from quilts I have made. Stitching these kitchen items gives me the opportunity to be crafty and frugal while making something purposeful for our household.
For more inspiration on sewing kitchen items, check the sidebar for a click-thru on the Kitchen Clothworks series I wrote.