Frugal folks make their own potholders... but if you're cutting up or refashioning a top that has shoulder pads, don't throw them out. They make good potholders if they're big enough. You can stitch two of them together to make it extra thick. Some of them can be used for pin cushions or you can go for the gold and save enough to stitch together to make a quilt (maybe a baby quilt?), or a pet bed.