I noticed that I had several old potholders that were stained and had holes in them. So I figured it was time to recycle them into some new and pretty potholders.
I crocheted a chain the length of the old potholder plus 3 stitches. Then single crochet (Sc) in the round until the shell is long enough to insert the old potholder inside.
Here is the blue potholder shell and with a scalloped edging added. The scalloped edging is accomplished by working *Ch 3 in corner st, Dc in same st, skip 2 sts and Slip St in next stitch*. Repeat between * around to beginning Ch 3. Join and finish off.
These recycled potholders are extra thick and durable. Plus with the new crocheted covers, they look so much better and I was able to give my old potholders a new life.