Crocheted Pot Holders ~ Kitchen Decor

June 2, 2015




The other day, my sister dropped by my house to bring me a little gift. She had been to an estate sale and found these super charming vintage pot holders for one dollar...in red!



Aren't they the most darling little things you have ever seen? 

That petite pantsuit is my favorite.  

It makes me giggle whenever I see it. I mean who is picking up their hot pot with that? It's so adorable, I can't even stand it. 

 Of course, I wanted to display them right away, but I couldn't figure out how. 

At first, I laid them on the kitchen counter, but unless I was standing directly over them, I couldn't see them. 

No good.

Next, I propped them up on my plate rack, leaning them against the dishes. That was perfect...for about twenty seconds, until they flopped over and fell. Grrr. 

I really wanted to showcase my sweet new treasures, but I was at a loss as to how.

Until today. 


I was digging through some of my craft supplies and came across the note cards I used to make my Valentine banner and it hit me. I could lace these babies up and hang them on my hood. 

How cute would that be? 


Turns out, very cute, and also very easy. I simply cut a piece of white ribbon and laced it through an open weave on pot holders number one and three. The middle pot holder was open at the sleeves, so I threaded the ribbon in one and out the other. 


So far, so good, except I thought that the top loops looked a little empty. I added a bit of color, another ribbon, this one in red, fed straight through the loops and that's all it needed. 


I could've added bows or something in between the pot holders to jazz things up, but I decided against it. I really like the way the banner looks unadorned. It kind of reminds me of tiny laundry hanging outside in the summer breeze...on the farm. 


Simple. Charming. Adorable. 


I am in love with my new banner. 

I think it adds a little bit of whimsy to my kitchen and that tiny outfit continues to makes me smile every single time it catches my eye. 

Best present ever. 

How awesome is my sister? 



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60 comments:

  1. Oh how darling these little potholders are, and how sweet of your sister to gift you with them! I think they look fabulous hanging as a banner in your kitchen with the red and white ribbon... your kitchen is amazing, I love seeing pictures of it! I agree that the darling outfit potholder steals the show, and certainly brings a smile! :)

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    1. Thank you so much for the lovely comment. You have just made my day! I do like that little show stealing outfit, I have just never seen anything like it…and yes, my sister is super sweet! :)

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  2. Those potholder share just adorable, Kim, and I think the way you displayed them is perfect.

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    1. Thank you, Carol. I really wanted to show them off and enjoy them myself.

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  3. Oh so cute Kim and the perfect compliment to your pretty kitchen. The tiny outfit is absolutely adorable!

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    1. I am in love with that little outfit, Kristi! It’s like playing with doll clothes!

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  4. They are truly charming and I love how special you treated them!

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    1. Thanks Vel, they really area so sweet and deserve to be seen!

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  5. Very sweet of your sis and a perfect banner touch "to the hood!"

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    1. It’s funny Lynne, before blogging, nothing but the wreath ever went on that hood. Now it looks naked without a banner!

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  6. Very cute, Kim, and perfect for you! Sweet sister!

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    1. They are so perfect for me and my style, Kimberly. She knows me very well!! :)

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  7. very nice. And, you get to think of your generous sister whenever you see them.

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  8. So cute Kim. What a great sister to think of you and get these cuties for you. Have a great week.
    Kris

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    1. She is almost as sweet as that little pantsuit! ;)

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  9. I just love those little potholders! My grandmother had a brown and yellow one shaped like the pantsuit. You are right...charming and adorable!

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    1. Thank you, Benita! I have never seen those little pantsuit holders before. Now that I know your grandmother had one, there must be more and I am on the hunt!

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  10. Oh Kim, I love those sweet, cute, precious, charming little vintage potholders and I love how you have displayed them. Just perfect. Hugs ♥ Teri

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    1. Thanks Teri! They are just way too cute to leave in a drawer somewhere!

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  11. Nice sister! Simple is good, isn't it? Any additions would probably detract from the main items. What would complement such an adorable romper!?

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    1. Thank you, Nancy. I like it just the way it is, too!

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  12. What a sweet sister. You are right, looks like tiny laundry. Just perfect in your kitchen. And red!!!

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  13. Adorable, and perfect for summer, Kim. So nice of your sister. Adding the red ribbon was just the right touch, and I like it that you didn't add bows or anything like that. I like the simplicity. xo ~ Nancy

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    1. Thank you, Nancy. I like them unadorned as well...although...there are a lot of creative suggestions in the comments...mini clothespins, berries for Christmastime. I may do some tweaking in the upcoming seasons!

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  14. That just looks absolutely adorable! Your sister knew what you would like. :)

    Do you read Susan Branch's blog? I love her kitchen and your crocheted pot holders remind me of something she would have.

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    1. I don’t read her blog, but I will now. I am very familiar with her products and own a few. I just checked out her blog and I am hooked! Thanks Stacey. You always share the best sites! :-)

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  15. Very cute. After you and a couple of other commenters mentioned laundry it occurred to me that if your potholders didn't have a spot to thread the ribbon thru small clothes pins could be used to "hang" those darling potholders on the ribbon like laundry. What fun. I remember that my grandmother used to have some crocheted potholders. I wonder if they ended up with my mom. I will have to ask her. Fun post. I love vintage kitchen stuff.

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    1. I never thought of those little clothespins, Lorri...and I just saw the cutest ones at Michael's this weekend...hmmm. Now you've got the wheels turning! :)

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  16. Adorable little outfit. That was my favorite right away when I saw the banner. I love how you decided to display your sweet gift.
    Carla

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    1. Thanks Carla. It really is the sweetest little set! :)

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  17. Hi Kim, Love your vintage banner using the crocheted pot holders. What a great gift from your sister. It looks wonderful on your hood and adding the red ribbon was the perfect finish. I can see adding holy and berries at Christmas for a holiday look too.
    Just adorable.
    Happy June, Hugs, CM

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    1. Great idea, Celestina Maria! I love to recycle items and they would be darling at Christmas! Thanks!

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  18. These are precious, Kim, and more so the way you've displayed them. :)

    Jane x

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    1. Thanks Jane, I hope I have done them justice! :)

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  19. Yes, awesome sister! The pot holders are truly cute, and you came up with a terrific idea to display them.

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    1. Thank you, Sarah! This one was just meant to be!

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  20. Absolutely adorable.

    You have given me an idea. One of my favorite shops has great crocheted potholders, much fancier than yours, with 3 dimensional flowers. I love them, but have always thought they were silly because I would obviously not use them. Now I know how I can use them and need to buy 3 or maybe 5.

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    1. Oh Carol, you just made my day! It’s awesome to have people admire my work, but the real thrill, for me, is when someone is actually inspired enough to make what I have shown! If you do string a few up, send me a photo. I would love to see your (colorful, no doubt) interpretation! :)

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  21. Wow Kim you have a nice sister- I love how cute the pot holders look! Enjoy!

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    1. Thanks Julie! Now I really wish I knew how to crochet! I could make myself a whole year’s worth of fun pot holder banners! ;-)

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  22. They are adorable / glad you found a way to display them; perfect!

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    1. Thanks, Deb! Me too! They are just way too precious to be hidden in a drawer.

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  23. Well they just had to be red ... but they look so good.

    Well Done

    All the best Jan

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    1. I know...red really is a problem for me! ;)

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  24. That's very sweet Kim. I've never seen them displayed so creatively.

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    1. Thank you, Ronda. They are so cute, I really wanted somewhere to display them properly.

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  25. Toooooo cute and of course.......RED!!!! You are genius! and your sister is wonderful!
    Have a good weekend!
    Be blessed,
    J

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    1. Thanks J! This one is a favorite. I didn't know what to do with those stinkers, but this really shows them off in a sweet way, I think!

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  26. I love the simplistic charm Kim! The pot holders are darling. I always pick them up when I find them. Sweet, sweet! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. I love them, Jann, I kind of have a little collection left to me from my grandmother, but I don’t often display them. I was just never sure how. Now I have a way! :)

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  27. Good morning Kim! You know I love these cute crocheted pot holders. Thanks for sharing at the Cooking & Crafting with J&J Link Up Party! Have a wonderful day.
    Julie xo

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    1. Thanks for the party, Julie...looks like it's shaping up to be a regular stop for a lot of blog friends!

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  28. Aww...these are really cute! :)

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J &J!

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    1. Thanks Jessica. It was a super easy banner to make and I love the look, too!

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  29. I'd say she knows you pretty darn well ;)

    That turned out really cute, Kim! I don't have a hood (1930s vent instead), so I live vicariously through you.

    xo

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    1. I like this one a lot, Rue, it is quintessentially Kim, very simple by all standards. You can live vicariously though my hood decor and I'll live vicariously through your unmuddling. I love the look, but never want to renovate again! ;)

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  30. Hi Kim, is there any way I could get the pattern for this lovely crocheted pot holders for the Kitchen. I just adore these and I'd like to make them for my daughters. Thank you . Noella
    noellashank@hotmail.com

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    1. Hi Noella,

      I wish I could help you, but I did not make the pot holders. I actually don’t know how to crochet at all, it is on my list to learn though! My sister found them at a garage sale. I did try google to see if I could find something similar and found this listing…not exact, but in the same vein.

      http://www.maggiescrochet.com/products/vintage-redwork-potholders-crochet-pattern

      If it helps at all I can send you a close up photo of each pot holder.

      I am sorry I can’t be of more help to you.

      I hope you have a great evening.

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