Potholder Gift Set {Tutorial}




Hello Farmgirl Friends!

I’ve been working on some home sewn gifts and suddenly it occurred to me that I don’t think I’ve ever done a potholder tutorial for you on this blog.  This seemed like the perfect time!

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  1. Carol says:

    Dori … I love this simple tutorial and I love making home gifts for my friends! Thank you for all of the great posts throughout the year. I hope your holidays are merry and bright! Carol

  2. Kim Rice says:

    Thank you for the step by step tutorial Dori!!! I use my potholders you gifted me every single day!! Now if I can get your tutorial on that sweet dishcloth?? I love my cotton dishcloths!
    Merry Christmas and warm hugs!!!

  3. CandyC says:

    Very cute!

  4. Mary says:

    That is great idea! Thanks for sharing. I will give these potholders a try.

  5. Dianna says:

    This is SEW awesome Dori! Thank you for posting! I’ve been trying to teach myself and was doing good until the final phase of the binding! Now I’m so good! Can’t wait to make a few gift bundles! Merry Christmas!

  6. Regina L. says:

    Love this! Thanks for sharing

  7. Colleen says:

    Beautiful idea for a heartfelt gift. Something that everybody can use and appreciate. Thank you for sharing, and I wish you good health and happy holidays ahead.

  8. Sandi King says:

    Thanks for this tutorial on sewing pot holders. It looks fun to do and would be great for oneself as well as gifts for others. I use a lot of pot holders to set hot dishes on, on the table. You always have such great ideas. Hope you are staying warm this winter. Have a Wonderful Christmas and an even better New Year.

  9. Such a beautiful and fun project! Love to quilt but getting too big to handle These are like mini quilts! So fun! Thank you so much for sharing

  10. Nancy Richardson says:

    Love the pot holder. You have given me some new ideas.

  11. Marilyn says:

    Thank you for the potholder tutorial. Wishing you and your family a Blessed Christmas.
    Joan.Marion and Marilyn

  12. Cindi J says:

    Potholders are such a useful gift, and so pretty, too! I just happen to have a whole box of 2.5 inch squares that I cut from leftover scraps throughout the year so that I can make a checkerboard quilt – and now for this fun project too!

  13. Linda Thompson says:

    I love projects that don’t require a lot of time but are indeed thoughtful, useful
    and can be completed at one sitting!

  14. Linda Thompson says:

    Thank you for these potholder projects! I love projects that don’t require a lot of time (and sitting) but are indeed thoughtful, useful for self or gifts, and can be completed in one sitting.
    – Linda from Western Colorado

  15. Linda Pavey says:

    Such a fun and useful gift – thanks for the idea!!

  16. carol stockman says:

    I now see what I have been doing wrong! Thanks!

  17. Gail Larson says:

    Awsom gift! You are a gal after my own heart. I loove giving and getting home made gifts.
    I would love to have the crochrted dush cloth pattern. I assume there is a pattern out there…hoping.
    Take care and Merry Christmas.

  18. Colleen W. says:

    I very much enjoy reading your column. Would you consider sharing the pattern for the crocheted dish towel in a future post? My Mom would crochet these for all her daughters and she has now passed. It would be wonderful to carry on her craft. Thank you.

  19. Sarah says:

    Loved reading this! Thank you so much for sharing. I haven’t sewn in quite a while but this was so inspiring I might just have to buy some new fabric and get to sewing!

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Just Keep Smiling!


Hello Farmgirl Friends!


I want to thank all of you so much for all your emails and comments to me after my post in October about losing my dear friend Patti.  I can’t even describe how much they meant to me.


In thinking about this blog post the last few days, I decided what I really wanted to write about is just a simple little post on how the last month has gone for me and the few things I’ve learned through it all.
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  1. Kim Rice says:

    Oh Dori!
    Thank you for sharing such wisdom and teaching some of us old dogs new tricks! Things are hard, but we can still smile after those much needed tears .
    Hugs to you,
    P.s., FPP still terrifies and mystifies my brain!


  2. Ellen Andersen says:

    Dori, thank you so very very much for your post about your dearest friend and your wonderful folks. Your words brought tears from way down deep…. I miss my Mom and Dad so much. When Dad passed I convinced (it wasn’t easy) Mom to move from their home in Southern California to my place in Harpers Ferry, WV. Mom was with me for 8 years before she passed from heart failure and dementia. I was so blessed to be able to hold her in my arms as she passed. I’m sorry to be such a Debbie Downer but your words brought up these old feelings and you are right….Hard is not the same as bad.

  3. Cyndie Gray says:

    Dear Dori: you share your heart feelings so eloquently. And I am grateful to you for having that ability. We can all do hard things with great love. And your heart is definitely full of love ❤️

  4. Diann says:

    I lost two of my best friends, mom and dad, in my twenties, so even now, at seventy, I wept as I read your blogs….but! A friend told me at the time, “It’s not good now, but it will get better.” And it did. So yes, there have been smiles put on and chins lifted and sweet memories and tears and life continues. I am deeply grateful.

  5. Treese says:

    Beautiful. Dori you have a way to comfort others with your words. Stay strong and keep on grabbing the joy out of life. Isn’t it wonderful when you realize you are so much more powerful and capable than you ever imagined? I know I do.
    Treese/Colorado Cowgirl.

  6. Judy says:

    Dori! That was beautiful!
    My Mama had a similar saying
    after something sad.
    You are such an encouragement to us all!
    Thank you!

  7. Debbie Klann says:

    Dori, I love everything about this! Thank you for sharing with us ❤️ God bless you!

  8. Diane Van Horn says:

    All I can say is thank you for the reminder, life is short, say yes!

  9. Debra J Davis says:

    Your words always bring tears and smiles. Thank you for your openness and honesty.

  10. deb bulgrin says:

    Such inspirational writing. And YES! I think we all need to learn to say yes more often. My mom passed a few years ago, and i often think about how i didn’t mind taking her to the store for just that one item that took hours. HAHA! As for foundation paper piecing, i am teaching myself English paper piecing. I have started with Hexies and I love it. It is so relaxing as i can sit and do that at night and not think about everything that needs done. In fact i have decided to make a hexie tree skirt, so i had better get busy. Sending big hugs to you!!

  11. Joan says:

    Your heartfelt advice just warmed my weary heart… thank you for sharing a part of yourself with so many. I personally am very grateful as my heart has a “crack” in it lately. Xoxo

  12. Myers Brenda says:

    Thank you for opening your heart & sharing with your readers … keep smiling

  13. Kerri Hatz says:

    Your post and sharing your experience is giving me another perspective on my own journey. Thank you for your beautiful spirit! Hard doesn’t have to be bad. Cry and then put on a smile. I was just telling my 33 year old daughter that I noticed I don’t smile like I use to… what a gentle reminder that maybe I need a good cry and then I need to straighten up and put a smile on my face. Many blessing to you. Thank you for the boost I need it!.

  14. Bette M Axiak says:

    I have really enjoyed your blog, if that is what it is called, I am older and do not always understand the computer, but thanks for you heart felted thoughts. Death is hard, but is a part of life. We are still witnessing a lot of death from COVID here in California. Recently, a church member that I was just getting to know, died from COVID. Remember God is in control, and brings the bad and good to us. Love you

  15. I’m so sorry for your loss. I too lost a dear friend to a horrendous car wreck a few years ago. It was tough. We used to meet at her little country store after I got off work several times a week and have pizza at least once. She sold this brand of Cherries and Cream Soda that I loved and always had some hidden in the refrigerator in the back just for me. (I wasn’t the only one who liked it. She was frequently sold out of it.) But there was always some nice and cold for me. We talked, laughed, and sometimes cried. No subject was off limits

  16. Dori, you are such a strong and inspiration to all that follow your blog!!!l think we all need people, especially other women, in our lives and especially in this world of today!! Praying we can all be more like you and crying is good for the soul.
    Love you girl, Rita

  17. Terry Steinmetz says:

    Thanks for sharing. Praying for comfort as you travel this journey of life.

  18. Wanda Milton says:

    Dori, My condolences on the loss of your dear friend. You were fortunate to have such a close friend. Yes, people need to appreciate their parents while they’re still her and enjoy their company. Everyone’s so disconnected these days. Grief doesn’t go away but becomes manageable. There will be days when it rises up and hits you head on. Other days, memories will bring smiles!
    Take care and continue enjoying life to the fullest, which includes relaxing!

  19. I’m so sorry for your loss. I too lost a dear friend to a horrendous car wreck a few years ago. It was tough. We used to meet at her little country store after I got off work several times a week and have pizza at least once. She sold this brand of Cherries and Cream Soda that I loved and always had some hidden in the refrigerator in the back just for me. (I wasn’t the only one who liked it. She was frequently sold out of it.) But there was always some nice and cold for me. We talked, laughed, and sometimes cried. No subject was off limits. I’ll never forget that phone call. I couldn’t believe she was gone. And for a while I was lost. Her husband sold the store and the house and moved to Florida with their daughter. I don’t even drive by the store anymore. I have to pass her house but I don’t look anymore. The pain of losing her is still breath taking after 11 years. But it’s better. It does get easier with the passing of each year. We’ll always love our dear friends but the pain and emptiness gets better. My problem is that I know a lot of people but have only 3 good friends. And she was a good friend. We are so blessed if we can have even one friend like that in our lives and I’ve had 3. I remind myself of that when I’m thinking about her and I smile.

  20. Kendra Ayton says:

    Beautiful reminder that our lives are short…a vapor in the wind and that we need to take the time to smile and remember the good things, the precious family and dear friends and that God is good always.

  21. Ah, Dori, I thought you outdid yourself with your last post–then you write this one and I have been in tears and smiling and laughing as I go through it. You have inspired me once again, dear lady. Thank you for the thoughtful lessons.


  22. Joann says:

    Thank you for your heartfelt words reminding us all to be mindful of the moments that bring clarity and meaning

  23. Thank you… just, thank you.

  24. Martha Cook says:

    Wonderful sharing of your heartfelt experiences – we can all relate! Thank you. (Martha in North Idaho)

  25. Beth says:

    Bless you, Dori — such a heartfelt post to share with us all. Thanks so much from a small town on the Pacific NW!

  26. Gail says:

    Thank you!
    This has truly been a God send. I had 3 funerals last week. Today a very dear friend who has had three surgeries in two months is critical & her son is being allowed to see her.
    God is still Good & I’m so thankful He holds us!!
    Matthew 6:33

  27. Marilyn says:

    Thank You for this post. Losing a friend is an awful thing. We have lost a few friends over the years. It never gets an easier. We miss our parents every day. Glad that you had support from your husband. So happy that your parents are doing fine. Your granddaughters are quite the young ladies. Where did the time go? Blessings to you and your family. God Bless.
    Joan,Marion and Marilyn

  28. Sarah says:

    I’ve not experienced the pain of death yet. Tears for you & what an inspiration you are helping people thru your honesty & transparency. Thank you.

  29. Elizabeth says:

    Thank you for such a inspiring story, although very sad. Im sorry for losing your best friend. I love MaryJane’s farm house magazine.

  30. Michelle says:

    That was beautiful…..:)

  31. Patricia Murphy says:

    Thank you for sharing the joys and sorrows of what your life has led you through lately. All of us who have lost precious friends can relate and commiserate. And for those of us without, be envious and happy for you that you have parents and a sibling to be with when the need is greatest. I’ll toss in a hubby, too :>) Some of us, really old like I am, have been left without any of those wonderful people. Life is like that. Kind and harsh in turns. Can’t be any other way.

    Again, just a thank you. You lift my day.
    Patricia Murphy

  32. D Wayve Dennison says:

    Dear Dori, I have no idea what foundation paper is, but certainly understood and felt the rest of the story. I am so sorry for your loss of Patti, and thank you for reminding us to always say yes. How wonderful to appreciate what we have, while we still have them; you and your sweet family are blessed to have each other! Keep smiling, dear friend.

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