Red, white, and I want to win a sewing machine

I have never been a fan of the color combination red, white, and blue. In fact, while I am grateful to be part of this country, I find overt patriotism embarrassing. And then I had a baby girl on the 4th of July.

Now I feel like fireworks and red and white gingham are tributes to Scarlett. Go ahead, make fun.

I’m always on the look out for mildy-themed 4th of July wear. Those Old Navy shirts with the flag on them are not for me.

When I saw the potholder-making contest on Prudent Baby, I was gung-ho on entering one. One, because I never enter a contest where you have to do something in order to win. And two because, Hello? Did you see the Brother sewing machines they are giving away? And three, because I have a lot of fabric scraps.

(photos of sewing machines are from Prudent Baby’s giveaway post.)

Included in my fabric scrap pile is some grey and white polka-dotted bias tape that I made (using another Prudent Baby tutorial) but never successfully attached to anything. I thought I could make this the hook for my potholder with very good odds of success.

And I also had this navy blue faux quilt stuff. So I was all set for insulation.

I put my layers together and sewed a rectangle. (You might remember the red and white polkadots from Julian’s clown costume or from Heather’s Hanukkah apron.)

Do you see how much space I left on the left side to turn it inside out? Not enough. Next I sweated and swore my way through turning it inside out.

Then once it was flattened out, I inserted the piece of bias tape I had selected for the hook, and sewed all the way around the edges. First, however, I folded up one end of my rectangle, making it into a square.

Do you see my sewing machine? Yes, it’s fine, but I got it in high school. Now I’m 37. You do the math. (I deserve a new one, right?)

And done! A semi-patriotic potholder that I will not be embarrassed to hang next to my stove.

What do you own that you’ve had since high school?

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RookieMoms.com co-founder Whitney lives with her husband, son, and daughter in the San Francisco Bay Area where she writes about parenting, crafts, and activities that moms can do with babies in tow. She and Heather also publish 510Families.com, a site for East Bay parents and are the authors of The Rookie Mom's Handbook and Stuff Every Mom Should Know.