My aunts, my dad's sisters,
Minnie and Mary both enjoyed sewing.
They were both frugal, and not a scrap of material went to waste.
They each made pot holders out of any scraps of material they could find.
They would give them away, and I was the benefactor of many sets.
There was only one problem--
Aunt Mary was more frugal than Aunt Minnie and was a little bit more stingy with the padding that was inside.
Back when my kids were home, using the oven, it was very common for them to hold up a potholder and say "Minnie's or Mary's?"
If it was Mary's they knew that they needed two potholders to remove the item from the oven.
If it was Minnie's, one pot holder was sufficient.
Sad to say I am down to one of Minnie's and two of Mary's potholders.
And by the looks of them, they should be thrown out....but I just can't make myself do it!!!
Once my daughter asked me how I could tell who's was who's by just looking at them.
Well its easy, they had their own style of making potholders, and never varied from their design.
When my son and his family lived in northern Minnesota, he was near the
Anderson Fabric Factory, which made custom draperies and bed coverings for retail stores like JC Penneys. Anderson's would sell the Waverly scraps for ten or fifteen cents a pound.
There wasn't a time when I visited the kids, that I didn't take a trip over to Andersons'.
And always came home with something!
Now that I am trying to down size and reduce my fabric inventory,
I decided to make potholders.
I used scraps of the Waverly fabrics with the padding being two squares of fleece!!
That should be sufficient thickness.
I will probably give most of these away as little stocking stuffers!!!
Just like Minnie and Mary........
And that's the way it is..............