November 25 ~ For the Kitchen

on November 25 | in Handmade Holidays | by | with 73 Comments

New cabinets and the latest appliances can get a little pricey for holiday giving! All you really need to create a whole new look in your loved one’s culinary world is right here in today’s For the Kitchen tutorials. Enjoy the (patchwork) bounty!
Grocery Bag Dispenser
Kim solves a big kitchen clutter problem with her Grocery Bag Dispenser Tutorial on her blog, Dioramarama.
Hot Stuff: Patchwork Oven Mitts
Linda used vintage cocktail napkins in her Patchwork Oven Mitt Tutorial on her blog, lindamade. Linda is the former Craft and Decorating Editor for Adorn Magazine, and is now a freelance writer, editor and Craft Designer. She also sells crocheted accessories at
Folded Star Trivet
Liesl shares her Folded Star Trivet Tutorial on her blog, liesl made, with easy-to-follow directions and a square variation.
Oven Mitt
Crystal once again shares a fun project with her Oven Mitt Tutorial. Enjoy the tutorial on her blog, My Longest Year, then take a peek at Crystal’s beautiful new baby (joining proud Big Sister). Congratulations to the whole family!
Patchwork Kitchen Towel
Mary Beth used charm pack squares in her Patchwork Kitchen Towel Tutorial on her blog, supa fine. After you read this you’ll want to “gussy up” all of the towels in your house!

Pattern Recommendation

If you’d like to try a pattern, we suggest this one:

Keep Your Cool! Oven Mitts

Fabric Recommendations

Here are just a handful of fabrics we love for these projects:

Beth’s choice Kristin’s choice Lauren’s choice
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More Handmade Holiday ideas:
24 ~ Sachets
23 ~ Soft Toys & Games
22 ~ Fun for Hair
21 ~ Pillows
20 ~ Gifts for Organization
19 ~ Tech Gifts
18 ~ For Baby
17 ~ Purses
16 ~ Gifts for the Crafter
15 ~ Warm those Toes
14 ~ Dress the Kids
13 ~ Placemats
12 ~ For the Table
11 ~ Reading & Writing
10 ~ Ties & Belts
9 ~ Fabric Ornaments
8 ~ Whimsy
7 ~ For Your Purse or Pocket
6 ~ Blankets for Baby
5 ~ Tote Bags
4 ~ Lunch Bags
3 ~ For the House
2 ~ Pincushions & Pins
1 ~ Aprons

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73 Responses to November 25 ~ For the Kitchen

  1. janet says:

    Will purchase some fabric from SMS site and try the grocery bag dispenser. This will help free up drawer space. I am hoping to eventually eliminate all plastic grocery bags from my home, but until then this will come in handy.

  2. Brandee says:

    All these ideas will be perfect in any kitchen setting, love the fabrics and the colours!

  3. kwoozy says:

    hhmmm … the grocery bag thingy can be useful for my fabric scraps 🙂

  4. Eva says:

    all these patterns are great- thank you to all of those who contributed to the free patterns!

  5. Coralee says:

    I’ve tried the grocery bag dispenser tutorial…it’s great!

  6. Oiyi says:

    I like the patchwork oven mitts.

  7. jenn says:

    How cool! I want to make them all!

  8. Ashley says:

    Great tutorials!

  9. Natalie says:

    I know… it’s getting redundant, but THANK YOU! This theme has been so much fun to visit.

  10. Kabira says:

    ‘something for the kitchen’ is next to 2 people’s names on my gift list – I think I’ve tapped the source of inspiration here – Thanks!

  11. Jean says:

    the oven mitt is adorable- I can’t wait to make some!

  12. Katie Hoefle says:

    I’m in love with that grocery bag dispenser!

  13. Emily says:

    I made heart-shaped potholders for everyone a few years back. Everyone loved them. I love the patchwork towel.

  14. shorty says:

    I love making kitchen things! I WILL be trying these ones out! Thanks so much

  15. Kim says:

    I have one of those grocery bag dispensers I made last year and they are so handy for reusing all those Wal Mart sacks. Love those patchwork towels too.


  16. Erica says:

    I love the potholder ideas! I’ve been on a potholder-making kick lately too! I find it a great way to use up extra fabric scraps that I just can’t toss out! I think all the women in my family will get at least one potholder this year! 🙂

  17. adrienne says:

    Love the patchwork towel and “supa fine”! =]

  18. Carol says:

    I love potholders – yoy can never have too many! Good use of charm squares on the towel too. Too often you’re stuck wondering what to do with them!

  19. Sarah says:

    my mom always had the grocery bag dispenser…but never the pattern! thanks!

  20. Darcy Shepard says:

    I love the dish towels – fantastic stocking stuffer. This has been a wonderful month of crafts – I’ve looked forward to the new post every morinng first thing! Thanks so much!

  21. Yvette says:

    More great ideas – will be so sad when this is over :o(

  22. jane says:

    I seriously thought to myself yesterday about googling for a star trivet like that!

  23. Daja says:

    I love this site! I’ve made it my “blog o’ the week”! 🙂

  24. What a nice little tutorial. I just made one tonight.

  25. Serena says:

    It’s like you posted my gift list for my sister-in-law. Wonderful!

  26. Beth Workman says:

    I’ve really been enjoying these tutorials and finding lots of new blogs to visit… Now, less blog reading, more sewing!

  27. Kensie says:

    These are great!!! Thanks!

  28. Kerri says:

    Shriek! Perfect, as usual, timing. My sis in law is starting a home catering business, so her Christmas gifts are in this post. Yay!

  29. ~ Karen ~ says:

    My parcel of beautiful material arrived (much to my excitement) Saturday and I was quite impressed with the evident care in the presentation. It was lovely. Thank you for the speedy shipment and the charming button. And of course….all the excellent inspiration this month.

  30. Libby says:

    Great tutorials. I love this site.

  31. Rose L says:

    The star is beautiful… but I think beyond my abilities. 🙁

  32. amy w says:

    perfect! i planned to make oven mitts for the girls in the family. love this post!!!

  33. Heather B says:

    Great ideas. I can’t wait to try a few of the tutorials & make some oven mitts.

  34. Holly says:

    I love Crystal’s oven mitt tutorial!

  35. very handy!

  36. Violet says:

    That bog organizer is a great idea. Better than the plastic IKEA one that I have.

  37. Christy says:

    Thanks so much for your time and efforts in compiling all these wonderful suggestions, tutorials and ideas! I have used quite a few of them already. I love this push for more thoughtful, loving, hand crafted gifts. Even if you don’t make them yourself, I always love recieving something that was hand made……

  38. Ekioart says:

    Those dishtowels are so cute!

  39. Lisa says:

    A grocery bag holder is EXACTLY what I needed! Can’t wait to whip one up!

  40. Alison says:

    Love the projects, and Beth’s fabric choice is my favourite for the day. Thank you again!

  41. jessi says:

    All are fabulous little projects – thanks for sharing!

  42. i need to make some cute little pot holders. mine are all yucky and brown…. i need a little cheer in the kitchen so these projects will be great!!

  43. Mrs. Pear says:

    Umm, would it be bad to be making these for myself rather than to give away???? Because I really think I need the patch work trivet! Plus I have some quilting scraps that I could easily use up!

  44. Claudia~L says:

    I love the dishtowel idea. It’ll go great with the oven mitt my SIL is getting for christmas.

  45. alison says:

    As usual great ideas!

  46. Kristine says:

    Oh I love the kitchen gifts! The grocery bag dispenser looks great!

  47. AnneNYC says:

    Just when I had picked out which I was going to make from the other projects listed– another batch of amaing gifts to pick from! Love the bag holder and decorative towels! Thank goodness these projects are simple enough to sew by hand also. #1 on my X-mas wish list — a sewing machine!

  48. Darma says:

    After looking at all the tutorial items you dsiplayed today, I know I must try to get a few of each made for holiday gifts.Love them all! Thanks for the great selection.

  49. Shelley says:

    I have thought about making one of those grocery bag dispensers for awhile. Thanks again!

  50. Melissa says:

    I love the dish towel idea. My sister has some cute ones like that that her MIL made. I’m going to give it a try. So easy- sew cute!

  51. MamaB says:

    I was feeling uninspired and a little stressed about my handmade for the holiday commitment when a friend passed along this blog. Wow! Am I excited now! Thanks much.

  52. Kathleen says:

    Unbelievably I have never ever thought of fancying up my dishtowels! Can you guess what I’m doing today?

  53. Deb G says:

    More projects to make!

  54. Javede says:

    I still have some thermo stuff left-over from another project and those Oven Mitts are just what I’ve been looking for.

  55. Vickie says:

    I love the matching set idea like Julia suggested! I think my mother-in-law will end up with a set!
    Thanks again for more great ideas!

  56. Julia D says:

    I see matcing gifts coming…oven mitt, apron, bag dispencer…Too bad christmas break isn’t 4 weeks long rather than 2. I must sew faster!

  57. More great tutorials! WOW…Liesl’s Trivet is a masterpiece! I definitely want to try the quick patchwork towels!

    On my blog I’ve posted additional tutorials for sewn kitchen goodies.

    I’ll be stitiching in the Kitchen…LOL!

    Thanks for your continued inspiration!

    With friendship,

  58. melissa says:

    love that oven mitt and pot holders…would make a great set!

  59. karen south says:

    I have totally enjoyed your series of gifts this past month.
    Thanks for all the great ideas. As soon as I finish putting up the Christmas Tree I will be starting on a few gifts.

  60. Angie says:

    These are all great tutorials. I love the folded star trivet the best. Thank you so much!

  61. Lil' d says:

    Great ideas

  62. Michelle says:

    These are great! Just in time to whip up some Christmas gifts – I have a whole bag of food-themed fabric scraps I’ve been saving for the “perfect project.” Now I have several. 🙂
    Thanks for this whole series – it’s really revived my sewing mojo!

  63. Michele says:

    The Oven Mitt Tuturial is fantastic! I’ll have to make some to match the aprons that I’ve made for Christmas gifts!

  64. Amy says:

    I love the patchwork towel! How simple and just so easy to make it personal! THANKS!

  65. Lauren S. says:

    we just remodeled the kitchen and this tutorial couldn’t have came at a better time!

  66. Today’s post is a bit uncanny for me. Liesl’s gorgeous trivet use fabric that I used for a dress for my 2 year-old *and* Crystal’s red oven mitt is a perfect match for one of my favorite aprons. I guess that means I am required to make at least 2 of the items featured today 😀
    This blog has been such a fantastic resource this gift-making season; I am very thankful for it. Many thanks to all of you who have organized it and to all the bloggers whose fantastic tutorials and amazing creativity have made it possible!

    Lindsey in AL

  67. Deb says:

    Love them all — some great ideas for my mom!!! Thank you again so much for such a treat to look forward to every morning this month = }

  68. Natalie says:

    I love the grocery bag dispenser! I’ll be making that for all my sisters. Thanks.

  69. lauraj says:

    I love all the tutorials you’ve been sharing!

  70. Kacy says:

    Oven mitt is still on my list of “to-do’s.” Can I just buy the insulation material at Joann’s?

  71. Deb says:

    How neat – love the grocery bag dispenser fancied up a bit!

  72. carol says:

    The cocktail napkin potholder gave me a great idea!

  73. Rachael says:

    What a cheery selection of fun things for the kitchen! Thank you.

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