I just LOVE this sweet pot holder pattern from Martha Stewart! I found the directions in the Martha Stewart Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts, but she also has it posted on her website. The two top pieces actually form a pocket for you to slip your hand into so you can bend it in half to grip a hot casserole, and there are two layers of heat-resistant batting inside. The edges are neatly bound in bias tape (not my favorite thing to sew), which adds such colorful contrast:
What to do with them??? I’m thinking they’ll be the perfect Valentine’s “thank-you” to those special people who warm my heart with the gift of their friendship, and brighten my days with their continuing kindness, caring, generosity and laughter.
I may need to stitch a few more!