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Potholders don't have to be square
Potholders don't have to be square

An East Tennessee woman takes sewing to heart in the shape of potholders.

When Dee Bowes started making potholders she quickly decided on an unconventional shape.

"Squares really have no shape at all. Hearts are a lot better and people can relate to those," she said.

She relates to heart shaped potholders and quickly found a market for them. She set up a facebook page and sells them at shops in Tellico Plains.

"I started with the Valentine theme and then people were like, can you make some with flowers on them, or cats, or teapots, or butterflies. I said sure," she said.

She creates college sports themed potholders and takes special requests.

"I've had people mix one where they'll have Florida Gators or Tennessee and an Alabama one so like a house divided set. That's a good one," she said. "I do love the ones with the breast cancer theme because my mother died of breast cancer so that is dear to me."

Most of her potholders use two pieces of fabric she color coordinates.

"To make one set of two different fabrics I need 15-inches for the pockets and the backing and 8-inches for the inside where you put your hands in," she explained.

They're pretty and functional. The sides of the heart are pockets. You can just slip in your hand in and grasp something hot on the stove or oven.

"This right here is the heat resistant fabric," she said. "No matter what side you put on the potholders it's going to work regardless."

She works on each set an hour to an hour and a half and she's always looking for ways to improve her product.

"I've got an embroidery machine. So I've been doing names on them like couples' names," she said.

No doubt about it Dee Bowes loves making heart shaped potholders.

"To see it come together and then when it's all done it's like, oh wow, that looks so good," she said with a laugh.

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