By Donna Fenske, Nancy’s Notions Guest Blogger

Recycle both the front and back pockets from slightly worn jeans to create fun pot holders and mitts. They make interesting décor for your kitchen, or fun gifts for your favorite grill master. They’re speedy to sew, and the addition of novelty print fabrics gives you endless possibilities for customizing them for the recipient.

Start by deconstructing the side seams and inseams of your old jeans. Use a Surgical Seam Ripper to make this job faster and easier—it’s super sharp and speeds through the double rows of stitching found on most jeans. The Seam Fix Seam Ripper eraser removes the ripped threads with no problem.

To make mitts from front pockets, turn jeans front face down. Mark 1″ beyond the pocket lining on both sides and bottom, then cut along the markings. Use the cut section as a pattern to trace and then cut Quilted Iron Quick Fabric and No Shift Batting the same size. Cut novelty fabric the same on both sides and bottom, but leave an additional 1″ section at the top.

Meet the wrong side of the novelty fabric to the silver side of the Quilted Iron Quick Fabric, aligning sides and bottom edge. Use Wonder Clips to clip layers together, rather than poking pin holes into the Quilted Iron Quick. Quilt the layers together following the quilted lines on the Quilted Iron Quick Fabric.

Layer the No Shift Batting on the white side of the Quilted Iron Quick Fabric, then place the denim to the novelty fabric, right sides together, aligning sides and bottom edges. Turn the 1″ extension at the top of the novelty fabric to the wrong side of the denim, and use Wonder Clips to hold the extension in place. Stitch the sides and bottom edge.

Trim seams and corners to eliminate bulk. Wrap the top extension of novelty fabric over the top edge of the batting. Turn the mitt right side out using a Bamboo Pointer Creaser for nice square corners. Repeat for second mitt.






Set up your sewing machine with Jeans Stitch Thread to complete the mitts. It’s a thicker thread made to easily go through several layers of thick fabric, and it comes in all the most popular colors for topstitching denim. Replace your regular machine needle with a Topstitch Needle. This needle has a larger eye and stronger shaft to pierce thick fabric repeatedly without breaking, or causing thread to snap.

Slide a Presser Foot Spacer under your machine foot to create a level sewing area. Thick layers of denim can make a mountain of fabric for your machine foot to climb, which can result in skipped stitches and broken needles.

When your machine is set up properly, edgestitch around the mitt and it’s ready for your next barbecue or baking session. Just put your hand into the jeans pocket to use the mitt.


How to sew potholders and mitts from denim jeans



Put the back pockets to work, too, by making them into pot holders. Lay the back section of the jeans flat, right side up. Center the Get Squared Ruler over one of the back pockets and cut an 8-1/2″ square. Use the ruler to cut 8-1/2″ squares of Quilted Iron Quick Fabric, your choice of novelty fabric, and No Shift Batting. Cut 2-1/2″ binding strips from the length of the jeans leg, or cut one 2-1/2″ crosswise strip of a contrasting cotton fabric for binding.


How to sew potholders and mitts from denim jeans



Layer the wrong side of the novelty fabric to the silver side of the Quilted Iron Quick and clip outer edges together using Wonder Clips to avoid pin marks in the Quilted Iron Quick Fabric. Quilt the layers together following the quilted lines on the Quilted Iron Quick.

Layer the No Shift Batting on the white side of the Quilted Iron Quick, then place the denim pocket square right side up on the No Shift Batting and clip layers together. Baste around all edges.


How to sew potholders and mitts from denim jeans



You can add a loop if you like, for easily hanging your pot holder on a hook in your kitchen, or on the side of the grill. Cut two belt loops from the leftover portions of the old jeans. Center one belt loop on the top front of the pot holder, right sides together. Center the second belt loop on the top back of the pot holder, right sides together. Make sure you have your machine set up with Jeans Stitch Thread and a Topstitch Needle to complete the pot holder.


How to sew potholders and mitts from denim jeans



Use your favorite binding technique to complete the pot holder, stitching through all layers of binding, pot holder, and positioned belt loops. Turn binding to wrong side of potholder, and cover raw edges of both belt loops. Edgestitch binding in place. Trim belt loops, if desired, and stitch together at top edge, right sides together. Turn right side out. Repeat steps for second pot holder.


How to sew potholders and mitts from denim jeans



Start recycling your old jeans now to create these fun and functional Denim Pocket Pot Holders and Mitts. Watch the step-by-step video demonstration, download the free pattern instructions, and buy the supplies you need to make yours today.


How to sew potholders and mitts from denim jeans



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