When I was a little girl, I remember sitting in church and watching all the older ladies pull out their reading glasses when the sermon started. I giggled at the fact that they all had the same case for their glasses, and to me it looked like they took a potholder and folded it over.
Well the other day I was helping my husband clean out a classroom at church, and I found an old dusty box of random potholders with our Church's name printed on the back. (What type of "potholder ministry" this was a part of, I can only imagine...) I immediately fell in love with the kitschy little print, so obviously I
stole rescued them and began thinking of what fabulous things I could craft with them.
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Cute print! I'd have rescued them too. :)ReplyDelete
If it were me, I would take a couple and make a seat belt cover for my sis out of them. (She is having issues with the seat belt rubbing against her chemo port on her chest.)
Maybe a bag to carry hot food in for potlucks?
Sew a few squares together and make baskets? lol why so many indeed!ReplyDelete
I got one while serving as a missionary from someone in my church a few years back. They had turned it into a small first aid kit. They put snack size ziploc bags sewn in the middle so when folded in half, it was like a book of plastic bags. Then they put band-aids and such in each bag. I think there were three bags. Then they put a cute button on the outside and a loop to close it. It was very cute and great to just have thrown in my bag. I even kept girlie emergency things in it.ReplyDelete
They would also be great as a little clutch bag for phone and keys and small wallet if you sew two together. Good Luck!
I've seen them used as the top part of a cute little child's apron, the bottom being a dishtowel. I'm pretty sure there is a tute on a blog somewhere if you google it. :) ~Lanie J.ReplyDelete
They are cute...and needed rescuing! I can't wait to see what you come up with...ReplyDelete
Sew them together to make a outdoor summer playmat. They really are cute.ReplyDelete
I might even leave the tag as is - you never know when it'll come in handy ;) Love the print!!ReplyDelete
You should make more glasses cases and give them out! :)ReplyDelete
You should make more glasses cases and give them out! :)ReplyDelete
I have made holders out of them for scissors that you can hang up on a peg board or nail. Also great if your church has a womens sewing group,etc to put your scissors in to transport them safely. Just fold it into a triangle shape and sew up the edge ;)ReplyDelete
I just saw this idea on one pretty thing. http://creativeoperation.blogspot.com/2010/06/this-is-what-happens-when-i-say-oh-ive.htmlReplyDelete
You could do something like that!
Give them away! ;-DReplyDelete
Seriously, I think you can use 2 or 3 dozens to make glasses cases and ask children from your church to give them to old people (either from your church or from any old people home).
Another dozen would probably make a fun changing pad for a baby.
Then, you could make the cases zippy to turn one into a make-up pouch for you and one into a sleeping bag for Paige's (Barbie) doll.
So that makes 50 of them taken care of.
Then... I think you could simple keep 2 for you and give the rest away! :-D
Hope you like my ideas!
Such a cute print! And I love the glasses case idea. You could always make a little quilt with them or coasters. Hmm? I hope you show us what you decide to do with them.ReplyDelete
I could imagine some cute pennant banner design coming from them potentially.ReplyDelete
I'm not sure how much square footage you would get from them, but some cute blanket/seating cushion for grassy picnics or sitting on any kind of bleachers/benches to protect you pretty clothes?
Good Luck and let us know what you do with them all!
Such a cute find! And thanks for the glasses case tute too! Excited about the possibilities.. I like the blanket idea!ReplyDelete
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Sew them together to make a summer beach bag? :)ReplyDelete
I absolutely LOVE your blog! :)
You could hook them together for a book and use the pages to make a quiet book. I love quiet books for church!ReplyDelete
I used one to make a holder for my pills, but it would also work for small craft projects~
I didn't have a potholder, so I made one.
stitch them together as a play mat for a baby. tie ribbon/toys onto the loops for sensory activities.ReplyDelete
checkbook? coin purse? you could put a flower on and make a wall hanging.ReplyDelete
You could send a couple to me!!! :)ReplyDelete
Sew them down as fun contrast pockets on little outfits or purses. ... Make meals for people who are sick and bring it over with a cute potholder. Or if your church has a meals ministry give them a stack to do that with... Can't wait to see what you make.ReplyDelete
If I were you, I sew them together to a patchwork blanket. :)
No ideas here but that's hilarious!ReplyDelete
I think you should make placemats for the kitchen table by sewing them together.ReplyDelete
It would be so bright and summery for breakfast!
I was so excited to see this! I did this on my blog a few months ago but what is so wonderful with yours (the print is adorable) but it is really hard to find just the regular square shape. Mine had some of that extra length so I had to work around that. Yours is so so cute! Not big on putting links to my blog but here it is in case you want to see it. I just thought it was so great we both did this.ReplyDelete
These might be great for cell phone holders...leave the little loop on them for attaching to the inside of a purse or beach bag or gym bag or yoga bag etc. Maybe even add a ruffle or two :)ReplyDelete
Since it has your church's name on it already, I love the idea of using them for what was probably their original intended purpose - missions/food ministry. We have a food basket ministry at church and deliver meals to shut-ins or families with lots of children who might be less fortunate. Slip one of these cuties in and voila! they know where it came from and they have a permanent reminder!ReplyDelete
I love the scissor case idea too or just making more eyeglasses holders.
Here's my tutorial on the emergency/first aid kit. My family loved these when I made these as gifts for them.ReplyDelete
How about an Ipod/Touch Case or sewn together as a CD case?ReplyDelete
These are so fun and the ideas are endless~ I love that you rescued them. I think you could do handle pot holders like for a cast iron skillet. They could just slip over the handle. I hate how my big ones get in the way. These could also be use for a 5 point seat belt cushions for baby car seats. How about folding them in half with velcro and using them to gather all your computer cords! Just some ideas that popped into my head!ReplyDelete
What about sewing them all together to make a big table cloth or picnic blanket?? It might be a little thick, but you could sew them with intended gaps like it was a lace table cloth or something.ReplyDelete
Or I really like the place mat idea!
insulated lunch bag
potluck dish carrier
Can't wait to see what you make with them!
Those are so cute! I think you should do a little giveaway. I know I would be thrilled to get a few in my mailbox! :)ReplyDelete
yes give some f them to your readers. Especially me!!ReplyDelete
Sew a couple together to make a potholder "glove." Also four sewn together would make a sweet dolly blanket.ReplyDelete
LOVE that print. I agree that you could host a little giveaway, but I never win any of those, so . . .ReplyDelete
Anyway, can't wait to see what you make with them! Love finding little treasures.
Why, party bunting of course! How lovely they would look knotted on a rope and swagged between trees in a garden over a late afternoon summer supper.ReplyDelete
Sew them together to make a rug? Sixty-eight is a lot of them. :)ReplyDelete
You could make coffee cup sleeves! That would be cute and fun. I would love my coffee even more if I had this print wrapped around the cup. :)ReplyDelete
I also like the cellphone case idea. Only because I was trying to find a tutorial on that a few weeks ago.
How fun! I love finding "treasures"!
This is an 'out there' idea, but you could turn it into a quiet book! Just sew different things onto the hot pads, and attach them on an end to make a book and you're set. obsessivelystitching.blogspot.com has a whole week's worth of posts about hot pads! Very cute print... love it!ReplyDelete
A changing mat that folds into a bag!!!ReplyDelete
A picnic blanket/pad for taking to the park! That would be awesome.ReplyDelete
They are cute!!!! You could make up some felt food, stick them in a giftbag with a potholder and take them to a children's hospital.ReplyDelete
That kind of stuff is great for playing in bed if you have to.
Care at Obsessively stitching did a whole week of pot holder crafts. She had really great projects, you should check them out!!ReplyDelete
MAKE A QUILT FOR YOUR DAUGHTER'S BED. JUST LINE THEM AND/OR ADD COORDINATING SQUARES TO MAKE IT BIGGER! THERE MIGHT BE ENOUGH FOR A DOLL BED, TOO!! HAPPY SEWING!!ReplyDelete
the ladies at my church made them into first aid kits, or little activity bags for their kids to use during church or when you want them to be quiet and occupied. They sewed little snack size ziplock baggies in them and fill with the items you'd like to use. I put little activities in them for my kiddos. It's very portable and easy to do. My son uses it to park his cars in after he pulls out all the stuff in the baggies! too cute!ReplyDelete
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Coasters & Tea cozies! I love that print so much!!ReplyDelete
The glasses is such a cute idea. I loved reading the ideas from others in the comments section. I think my favorite is to make them into scissor holders.ReplyDelete
This cracked me up! And I can't believe that I never thought of that myself - making a glasses case from a potholder. This post made me smile especially because I am a member of our little quilting/knitting ministry at church and some of the fabrics that get donated from the grannies -- it's hilarious...:)ReplyDelete
GIVE-A-WAY!!! : )ReplyDelete
I definitely see a cute doll blanket and pillow set for Paige. I am sure you will wow us with something adorable.ReplyDelete
I turned a potholder into a little case for my curling iron or straightener. It works great.ReplyDelete
Love the potholder to eyeglass case idea! I know what you can do with the others! Make some for your followers!!! :)ReplyDelete
Cute idea with the glasses case! Maybe you could stitch some together to make hot pads for your larger pans.ReplyDelete
that is hilarious! have fun thinking of things...lolReplyDelete
Sew two together and make a little snack sack, for crackers and such.ReplyDelete
Cute glasses holder! I came across a cute little make-up bag made out of pot holders. These pot-holders would look great as one!ReplyDelete
I actually love the first aid kit idea and I think it could make a really fun mission gift (depending on the location of the church's name on them and if that would work out or not)... but you're very creative and I'm sure you'll come up with something. :)ReplyDelete
you totally send some to me, I think I'm in love with the vibrant colors and they seem so cheerful! LOL! oh you could also make a cover for a curling iron/hair straightenerReplyDelete
Perhaps somebody already said this, but I would sew them to a pair of gardening pants like knee pads.:)ReplyDelete
I think a quilted purse or bag!ReplyDelete
how cow! i wonder what your church was thinking. there are so many! I'd love to take some off your hands!ReplyDelete
maybe you can make a Paige a cute little purse :)
I don't know if anyone else said something like this, but I stitched a potholder together and used it to 'house' my flat iron. It makes it especially easy to throw your flat iron in your bag on the run.ReplyDelete
Besides, you are the craft genius! I can't wait to see what you come up with.
sew them all together and make a picnic blanket?? are there enough? Maybe?ReplyDelete
I second the first aid kit idea from southern belle. I've seen those before and that was the first thing I thought of.ReplyDelete
Tablecloth or wall hanging. Those are cute.ReplyDelete
Fold a potholder corner to corner to make a triangle, wrong sides together. Gather a small towel in the middle and sew it to the right side of the potholder along the fold. Sew a button on the top of the potholder and poke it through the little hanger end of the potholder. You can now use it on your stove handle as a kitchen towel.ReplyDelete
those are cute!! I want one!ReplyDelete
I got a cheap potholder from WalMart to make one of these: http://www.themodernhive.com/2010/03/cheater-sewing-hot-pad-first-aid-kit.html (still need to get on it though!)
Maybe sew a bunch of them together to make something like a quilt... maybe a picnic blanket, or an outside baby blanket???ReplyDelete
I liked the idea of sewing them together to make a tote as well.
Does your church do Vacation Bible School? If you came up with something simple that kids can do, they would make a great VBS craft!ReplyDelete
So cute! Maybe sew the edges together for a padded picnic blanket?ReplyDelete
I'd so them together for a picnic blanket.ReplyDelete
I don't know if anyone said this already, but how about some coasters? or put several together and turn them into a nice quilted runner...ReplyDelete
Try making a "Powel" out of them, see one in my etsy shop, http://the4rsRamblings.blogspot.comReplyDelete
marry a kitchen towel with a potholder for a doubly useful gift/household item.
Make them into kitchen scizzor holders. If you'd like a picture, I could email you one. Let me know (reply to this comment). They are really cute & there are patterns for them on the internet if you search for it.ReplyDelete
All good ideas! I dont know if this one was mentioned yet but I would use them to cover car seat straps so the starps dont rub on the kiddos!ReplyDelete
You could use them to make a child's color book cover. Make slots for color crayons(on one side) and attach a small notepad(on the otherside).ReplyDelete
That is a good idea... I should find some funky pot holder to make my mom a case... then maybe she would be able to spot them a mile way.... unless of course they are on her head.. I love your blog, you have so many great ideas. Thanks for sharingReplyDelete
That design is cute! You could cut them apart and add some other fabric to make a quilt.ReplyDelete
If you could find a way to remove the loop without it looking like you cut off the loop, you could use them to make awesome patch pockets for a skirt or apron.ReplyDelete
Or could you somehow use them to make an Advent calendar? The loops could be used to hang them from a garland?
It would be some nice thick quilt blocks that could probably retain heat really well seeing as how they are potholders. Forgive the obvious suggestion of appliqué. Mini fabric frames? Fabric message cards?ReplyDelete
I bet you could make a quilt, that would be a great picnic blanket.ReplyDelete
Maybe you could sew them together in the shape of a cube and stuff it, kind of like a giant soft block for a kid to toss around. =)ReplyDelete
You're so hilarious! I love the stack of 68 potholders. Cracked me up! As for ideas, I can't think of any right now coz I'm still cracking up.ReplyDelete
"Potholder ministry"... LOL! So quirky, I love it.ReplyDelete
Hey, why not just use them as pot holders?
oh my gosh. disney...LOVE these! I'm so happy you found them! and the glasses case is darling. I say....make 68 glasses cases and either sell them....or hand them out to all the ladies in your church who wear glasses!ReplyDelete
So much fun.
Glad you posted about it!
This may have already been mentioned and it might not work but you might think of turning them into a quilt.. or a bunch of little baby quilts :)ReplyDelete
Very cute idea of the glasses case. And thanks for the pot holders ministry. I might sue that for our women's group at church!!
fold under the loop and sew them edge to edge to make a quilt - i'm not sure how big they are, but assuming you find other uses for about half of them, the remaining 30/40 could make a pretty cute doll-sized quilt for your little girl! :)ReplyDelete
Pues se me ocurre lo sigueinte:ReplyDelete
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4.- Ponerles un liston, abrirlas y
crear una bolsa para niñas.
5.- Usarlos como parches en Demin
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very good idea..thnx 4 sharingReplyDelete
I've seen them sewn together with zip lock baggies inside to hold crayons and then a small pocket sewn to one side to hold a small note book and you have an instant quiet book for the kiddos at church. This blog had cute ideas.ReplyDelete
I just made 30 pot holder first aid kits for a youth retreat this month. I made one for myself 4 years ago and I LOVE it. It is still in great shape.ReplyDelete
Those are the cutest hot pads I've ever seen.
Could you send two to April who's sister is struggling with chemo? My mom went through it 10 years ago and it still makes me cry thinking about it. Cancer affects the whole family and community.
A quilt! it would be so fun to bring on a picnic!ReplyDelete
First, a giveaway would be cool. Maybe something big like one per person for 30 winners. Otherwise, if you belong to a guild or group it would be nice to make a gift out of them. Rotary cutter holders, scissor holders. You could hand sew a little loop to button it so they don't come out. Or just make them a stuff a fat qtr. in it as a gift for friends.ReplyDelete
If there's enough, some kind of picnic/yard blanket....? Bet you could make some seat covers for the church or floor "seats" for kids who are seated on the cold floor Sunday school - they use little carpet remnants at our school. Ah, sometimes they're so easy to please! :O)ReplyDelete
You could run a curtain rod through the tabs making a cute kitchen window valance?ReplyDelete
totally cute! i think I shall have to make one too, so easy! My sunglasses are always getting beaten up in my purse, this is perfect!ReplyDelete
Ooooo - the print is so cute!! Giveaway!! :)ReplyDelete
Hmm, You could make a cute table runner with them! Or perhaps homemade knockoff Vera Bradley ware?ReplyDelete
Wall art is good too- they could be turned into some sort of picture frame wall banner, by attaching them at the corners by string or just sewn to each other, and have them hang on the wall either horizontally or vertically. 8D
Sew a couple together as an adorable purse for Paige, with some vibrant yellow as an accent color for the strap and other details.
Gather other cute potholders to make a colorful book for a baby. The thickness is perfect for the wear and tear of baby drool. :D
Also- iPhone cases, laptop sleeve, and funky patchwork throw pillows.
...is that enough? 8D
awesome idea for a pot holder/hot pad...ReplyDelete
1. for the others - post them randomly in letterboxes.... with a little tract to spread the "word"
2. give some to the local kindy. Kids love playing "kitchen"
3. make up a recipe jar with dry ingredients, instruction note on what/how to cook it up and a hot pad.
4. Sew several together to make a doll quilt and dolls pillow, larger hot pad of the kitchen, a hot water bottle cover.
5. Make several into a material book. sew in some fabric black silhouettes and it would make a great baby book.
6. sew some together to make a kids apron.
7. hmmm i think that is all I have.
love to see what you do with them all.
I have a sewing kit made from a potholder, and when my friend saw it she DEMANDED that I make her a wallet in the same style. For her birthday, then, I took two folded-over potholders, nested them so that I had two inside pockets and a flap over the top, and sewed the sides together. One loop was sewn inside and the other was left hanging out, and I added a button and loop to hold the flap closed.ReplyDelete
you could make a quiet book (or several) out of them.ReplyDelete
i love the pattern! too cute! maybe a table runner so you don't have to put potholders down on the table, just place the hot dishes down the center. I'm sure you will think of tons of ideas!ReplyDelete
Wow! That print's so fun! At a church activity my sister made a first aid kit from a hot pad. She gave me one and I keep it in my diaper bag. I love it--especially when the little ones often get scraps and I need a band-aid! Would make for a good preparedness activity or to give away to people, etc....ReplyDelete
Here are some directions I found via google:
sew two together and make a sandwich bag :-) might wanna line it with something though to make for easy cleaning.ReplyDelete
I have no idea...but that's hilarious! Love your new sidebar pic! very cool!ReplyDelete
here's one i saw from Jessica over at happy together..potholder clutch!ReplyDelete
i did my own version...
super easy and cute!
Sell them or do a giveaway. Do have an etsy shop?ReplyDelete
I had similar ideas to what everyone else posted here.ReplyDelete
-pouch (sew two together with a zipper at the top)
-Sew 6 together to make a cube and stuff with stuffing and maybe a jingle bell for a baby toy
-sew 4 together to make a wine bag
-use as coasters
The fabric is just awesome... I wish I could find fabric like this!
If you do giveaways I want to be entered!
Cute!! I would... Not sure!ReplyDelete
I recently added a potholder to my hand towels in my kitchen. My kids can't ever seem to keep the towel on the oven door. I got the idea from here:ReplyDelete
I think a Patchwork play/picnic mat gets my vote!!! would be great for sunny days....ReplyDelete
love all the random things u can find in cupboards in churches!!!
I just love the fabric! You could take them apart and just have 2 pieces of the flower fabric for every potholder. You might need to get some other color fabric to go with it just in case. You could sew them together and make a quilted skirt! How cute would that be?ReplyDelete
i love Nappy Miss Sew 'n Sew's idea to sew them into an outdoor playmat! makes me want to go find some vintage potholders and make on for my son! they are such a cute pattern though! i just can't believe your church had THAT many . . .ReplyDelete
Rachael Ray Moppine Oven Mitts!ReplyDelete
You could make those with some great kitchen towels - I am sure there is a pattern for those all-in-one oven mitt and kitchen towels...what fun:)
Like a really big table topper for church picnic or bake sales, playmat, hang them all on a wall evenly spread apart so that would be a really fun pop of color!ReplyDelete
A couple of cute ideas...
sew a few snack size ziplock bags in the center and use them for a first aid kit.ReplyDelete
Make more glasses cases & sell them as a fundraiser for the church! Do something fun with the money, like to a community art class hosted by your church.ReplyDelete
A little girls purse, just stick two together and add a strap!ReplyDelete
You could also share some with me :)
I love it! I save things like that too. I think of a couple of projects to do and then sit there and stare at the extra 100 I have! Maybe you should sell some of your eyeglass holders on etsy? Retro prints are really in right now. I've also seen pot holders folded into a triangle by setting them on point and then folding both "wings" to the middle and use as a scissors holder that hangs up.ReplyDelete
I'd sew them on point as a hotpad "Runner" to use at dinner time.ReplyDelete
I would really love to see a potluck carrier out of them! The hotpad "runner" is a cute idea too.ReplyDelete
so stinky cute! i love them! i'd of rescued them. maybe you shouldgive some away;-)ReplyDelete
Yes, maybe some of the other ladies at your church would like some and could do something with them. ;-)ReplyDelete
Very cute! No matter what you decide to do with them I know they'll be gorgeous--they *will* need some ruffles of course (wink).ReplyDelete
I don't know about how to use 68...but I used 2 to make carseat strap pads for my daughter. The straps kept rubbing her neck, so I just folded them in half and sewed down the long edge. No more rubbing!ReplyDelete
I once saw curling iron holders/cases out of potholders so you can put your iron away hot and not clutter up the counter until it's cooled off. I can't remember where I saw the tutorial, but I'm sure you could figure it out!ReplyDelete
Those are really cute! Ummmm... give some of them to me? hahahaha... just kidding! So cute and fun! :)ReplyDelete
Send me one?ReplyDelete
make more glasses cases and sell on etsy!ReplyDelete
There are 135 comments so this may have been already suggested but you could make a pot holder bunting? That print is so so pretty. What a lucky find!ReplyDelete
I think you're very creative, and I'm sure you will find the best destination for them ...
Someone suggested a basket, and I think it would be beautiful!
I will be awaiting the photos of what you will create with them.
PS: My English is not very good, so I'm using Google. Do not look, okay? kkkk
How about a giveaway? I love the fabric too!ReplyDelete
They would make fun apron pockets:)ReplyDelete
I posted an entire week's worth of potholder projects last year called POTHOLDER WEEK -- five ideas of things to make from potholders!! Check them out!!ReplyDelete
What if you sent a few to your readers and see what they can come up with?ReplyDelete
And yes, the print is ADORABLE.
Wow! Lots of ideas over here! I suggest teaching kids in the church to sew them into glasses cases - then giving them to women in the church. Or I like the first aid kit that someone above mentioned. Oh, and just cuz I haven't said so yet. Hi! And I think you look like Erin in the office. And that's a good thing. She's awesome. Cute and quirky! hahahReplyDelete
Your pot holders gave me and idea that I thought I might share. I have a heap of casserole packets that fall all over the place in my pantry and I thought I might make a panel with pockets to place them in eg one for chicken, one for lamb, one for meat etc and hang it on the back of my pantry door. So I thought the pot holders could be used for the pockets
I've just spent far, far too much time traversing your blogland. Laundry to be done, bathrooms to scrub ... but my visit here has been far more enjoyable.ReplyDelete
Cheers to you and yours! (And all your lovely potholders.)
You could give them to me! Haha.ReplyDelete
I would sew them into a rectangular messenger bag and then make flowers with the blues, yellows, and greens of the potholders and put them on the purse!
love the idea you clever girlReplyDelete
Just yesterday while riding home from church in a dear lady's jeep. I noticed a folded over sunglasses case hanging from one of the knobs on the dash. Leave the loop up, and sell at a craft show or use open as is as a hand out promoting your church.ReplyDelete
Have you ever seen those tiny silicon pot handle holders?ReplyDelete
Here's my version!
You'll need 2 potholders, (opt.) 1/4" elastic
Fold the potholder in half lengthwise (DON'T stitch it yet!)
Fold in half again (crosswise)/Open/Mark a line across the 2nd fold (center)
Instead of stitching around (like you would for glasses case) stitch across the marked line
Fold pot holder DOWN in half again matching top and bottom edges/Stitch top and bottom together
You now have little "mittens" for those metal handles!
I didn't read through all the comments, so if this is a double post, please excuse me. I go to the Dollar tree and get matching kitchen towels and potholders. Fold the towel in thirds, so the print is out front, and it is folded the same width as the potholder. Iron. Then fold the length in half, iron again and mark the fold line with pins. Fold the matching potholder in half, loop at top. Simply sew the center of the potholder to the center of the towel. Then you sew a button opposite of the loop of the potholder and you have a towel to hang on your oven handle. I have dozens because they are great for a quick wiping off of your hands while cooking.ReplyDelete
make a first aid kit! (http://sadiescraftideas.blogspot.com/2008/10/new-craft-idea.html)ReplyDelete
Sew like on the eyeglsas case example but instead make a change/coin case. Woven ptholder coin (2) case on Etsy is an example.ReplyDelete