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The Five headquarters has tons of fabric scraps laying around. Since we hate wasting, we save the fabric and it piles up until we have bags and bags full of scraps. To the untrained eye the fabric doesn’t seem to be super useful but as a crafter, I knew the it could be put to good use! Last week we had our March craft sesh and used up a bunch of scraps making potholders and other goodies. Here’s a tutorial on how to make a simple potholder.
STEP 1: Choose three long strands of fabric. Ours varied in size but mine were about 1 inch wide and 4 feet long.
STEP 2: Tie one end of your strands in a simple knot and braid them together using a clipboard to hold it in place.
STEP 3: When you get to the end, tie on 3 more strips of around the same size and continue braiding. You can start with 8 foot long pieces if you want but we didn’t have any that long. It’s also way harder to braid them when they’re so long (hello tangle-town!).
STEP 4: When you’ve braided the whole length of the fabric, tie off the end using another simple knot.
STEP 5: Use a lighter weight or thinner strand of fabric to weave the braid into a spiral. To do this, put the thinner strand through one of the loops in your braid close to an end knot and pull it through almost all the way. Bend your braid around the knot and secure this shape by running the thin fabric through a loop on the opposite side. Go back and forth looping the thin strip between your secured spiral and the loose braid until your potholder is the desired size.
STEP 6: Tie off your thin piece of fabric and you’re done! Time to celebrate!