June 2, 2012

recycled denim trivet

Sew, Mama, Sew! is having a Summer Reinvention Contest.  Link up a project using a recycled material for a chance to win a copy of Reinvention:  Sewing with Rescued Materials.  (I already have this book checked out from my local library.  It is a really nice book and it's going on my wish list!)  This contest was a good motivator to finish a project I've had cut out and sitting in the WIP pile for a long time--a recycled jeans trivet.

I reused a belt loop to make a handy loop for hanging.

I love that you can get a perfectly good pair of jeans for 99 cents at Goodwill.  I used Insul-Bright batting, quilted the trivet with an orangey-brown thread and used a scrap of fabric for the binding.  (I used this machine binding technique--I still need some practice!)  The trivet is a little thick to use as a potholder but is perfect for putting under pans and baking dishes.  It's pretty handy and I think I'll make a larger size that will fit under my 9x13 pans and baking sheets.

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  1. What a great idea!!! The binding you've used is a perfect contrast for the denim. Thanks for the link to the Sew Mama Sew contest. Wendy, from The Crafter's Apprentice has a competition you might be interested in.. Something Old, Something New...

  2. What a fantastic idea! Denim is a great idea for a potholder as it's so thick and the binding looks brilliant. Thanks for joining in the competition, remember you can enter as many times as you like and the competition is open until the end of June.