Friday, October 12, 2012

Crocheted Potholder Wreath

Do you have alot of the old crocheted potholders from your Mom and/or Grandmother?  Do you have a lot you have picked up at estate sales, flea markets, etc?

Here is a really cute idea to use them and have them out for display all the time.

Start with a plain old straw wreath - you can purchase these at Hobby Lobby, Michaels, etc.  I leave the clear wrapping on to keep the wreath from shedding.

Then, I take old lace - not vintage, just the kind you don't use anymore - and totally wrap the wreath.  This way, if the potholders don't completely cover the area, you will only see the lace versus the straw wreath.  I attach the lace at the start and finish with straight pins.  Be sure to use the ones with the large heads on them so the lace won't slip thru.  You can also add a dab of fabric glue.

This is a sample of the lace I used.

Here is the wreath completely covered with lace.

Now, to the fun part!!

Start with the heavier potholders and the ones with less color.  These will be your base.  Pin them on the back and start adding fabric glue at all of the integral parts - tips and centers

You will start with one potholder pinned on the backside and continue adding potholders as you go around.  Tuck one under another but not in a steady pattern.  In other words, you might tuck one in on the right side and another on the left - just to make an irregular pattern.

If you need to, you can add small doilies to the base part to fill in.  You don't need to worry about the back, just make sure you cover the sides with the crocheted work so that when it is hanging, it looks good.

At this point, you want to look and check out your color arrangement and design.  Some potholders have big patterns (like roses) and others don't.  So, space your patterns accordingly.

Here is another one I did in more pastel shades.

I can find these potholders for around $1.00 - $2.00 at sales.  The red ones are usually more expensive.  Don't hesitate to buy ones with spots on them because you can cover them up pretty easily.

Apply your fabric glue and pin occasionally to hold till glue dries.  You can move them around a bit if you need to while the glue is still wet.  It takes a day or so to completely dry.

Add a ribbon and/or lace hanger and you're done.  Now, isn't that alot cuter than being stored in a box??


Till next time, Judy


  1. Oh, my goodness, Judy! These wreaths are just gorgeous! I would have never thought to do this with old doilies! :) Great job and thanks for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  2. What a great way to display these. Love it!!

  3. Omg what an awesome idea....
    I just love it, thanks for sharing it with us....


  4. That is just such a great idea!! I love how they look on a wreath and yes much cuter then stuck in a drawer! Hugs, Linda

  5. I love these, Lucy! You've got another winner!

  6. Yes, it is a WHOLE lot cuter! I have some of these things and how cute that would be in my sewing space! I love it!

  7. Wow! I'm running out of ways to tell you how clever you are! Amazing!

    Cheery wave from

  8. I used to use the crocheted potholders for coasters but never thought of a wreath!

  9. What a good idea! I love the red and white one. I remember my great grandmother having so many of those potholders -- how I wish I had them! Being born in the 1880's, she did every kind of handwork.

  10. You are so very creative, what a great idea...

    That's too cute.

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

  11. I love vintage crocheted pot holders and this is the perfect way to show imperfect ones off. Thanks for the tutorial!

    Big Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  12. Cute idea!! I am always looking for ways to use crochet pot holders and doilies!


  13. And what to my wondering eyes should appear
    a red and white crochet doily mixed in with the orange/yellow/white.

    Loved your doily wreaths.


  14. What a fun way to repurpose vintage pot holders. There's a million of them out there! Thanks for the idea.

  15. How darling...What a perfect way to display your pretty vintage potholders!
    Saturday smiles,

  16. What adorable wreaths you make!! Thank you so much for visiting my blog and taking time out to leave me a few kind words! You have a lovely blog here, and I love dishes too!!

  17. So glad you entered my giveaway I love the potholder wreath I will be making one for my kitchen as I do have the red and white.
    I am your newest follower also

  18. This is such a neat idea, Judy! I have a lot of these potholders and I love them - but using them on a wreath is something I hadn't thought of!

    Thanks so much for joining in this week!


  19. I really like this idea! So clever! Going to pin it! New follower!

  20. How cute and creative! I love to find something at a flea mkt and turn it into something new. Thanks for stopping by for a visit. Have a good weekend.

  21. Fab idea! Some people are soooooo clever!

  22. Hi Judy. Thanks so much for stoppingn by my blog and for your kind words! I adore your wreaths. Such a clever idea and so simple. I have a new glue gun that I haven't used yet and this project would be perfect!

    Gillian x

  23. I LOVE this idea! I have some potholders made by my grandmother, and also doilies made by my mother and aunt -- this will be a great way to display them!!
    Your wreath looks fabulous!!

  24. Hi, I feel like I'm repeating what everyone else said but here goes-you are so creative and cleaver! What a great way to display some vintage potholders. I love the fact that you could make them all seasonal-red for Valentines Day or Christmas, Oranges for fall etc. Thanks so much for sharing.
    Have a wonderful weekend.

  25. How clever you are. I have some of these in my drawer...

  26. Judy, what a cute idea in using the adorable potholders. Looks so cute on display! xo's Pam

  27. What an absolutely cute idea - and the right price - thanks for sharing!

  28. Great Finds! LOVE the wreath, even wrapped in the simple white lace ;-)

  29. Love the last one with all the spring colors!

  30. Fabulous wreath! I crochet also,and I'm always in awe of crocheted wreaths! I'd love for you to share this and any other crafts at my new linky party, Submarine Sunday. I hope you'll stop by!


  31. This is a fabulous idea! I love it and must try it! The wreaths are lovely!

  32. What an adorable idea, Judy. I love it! You've put a bee in my bonnet.....

  33. How clever is this?!! I'm so glad that I'm following you, can't wait to read the rest of your blog.


  34. I love this potholder wreath! Now you've given me another project...I love all of these...but especially the red and white one. So, I have to crochet some red and white potholders now. I like that the wreath can easily be changed for the different seasons and/or holidays! Thanks for sharing you are a sweetie!

  35. Saw this on Cozy Little House and just loved it! Great idea!



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