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How to Make a Potholder – Learn to Sew Series

How to Make a Potholder – Learn to Sew Series

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Today, we learn how to make a potholder and not just any potholder. Handmade quilted potholders that use up scraps, are eco friendly and of course, cute!

As part of the Learn to Sew series, in this lesson we are learning how to do some basic quilting and binding. All while making these useful diy potholders.

How to Make a Potholder

What material do you use to make potholders?

I love to use natural fibers in the kitchen. They are easy to wash and won’t melt or transfer heat like some other fabrics can. These quilted potholders are made with 100% cotton and a 100% cotton and linen blend.

What kind of batting do you use for potholders?

I used 1 layer of standard 100% cotton batting from scraps I have from being a quilter. I also included 1 layer of insul-fleece, a heat resistant batting.

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How to Make a Potholder

Yield: 1 potholder

How to Make Potholders

How to Make a Potholder

Learn how to make a potholder with this easy sewing tutorial. This simple quilted potholder is practical, useful and easy for sewing beginners.

Active Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Difficulty absolute beginner
Estimated Cost 6




  1. Make a quilt sandwich. Place the background fabric first, then batting, then insul-fleece, then center the main fabric on top. Main fabric should be smaller to allow for shifting. How to Make a Potholder
  2. Pin all the layers together and quilt them together with a walking foot, teflon foot or standard sewing machine foot. How to Make a Potholder
  3. Cut down to a smaller square, trimming off all of the shifted and excess fabric. How to Make a Potholder
  4. Take 3.5 inch strips of binding fabric and cut off any selvedge edges. Sew the short ends together with a 1/4 inch seam allowance to make 1 long strip. How to Make a Potholder
  5. Iron the strip wrong sides together and press 1/4 inch seams open. How to Make a Potholder
  6. Line up raw edges of the binding and the raw edges of the potholder. Begin sewing down the potholder with at least a 4 inch tail not sewn to allow for the join. Sew with a 3/8 seam allowance. How to Make a Potholder
  7. When you get to the corner create a mitered corner, see video for more details if you need them. How to Make a Potholder
  8. Once you get back around, leave another tail and backstitch. How to Make a Potholder
  9. Cut binding so that they overlap by 1/4 inch and that then sew the two ends together with 1/4 seam allowance. How to Make a Potholder
  10. Finger press that seam open and finish sewing the binding. How to Make a Potholder
  11. Trim threads and a little bulk out of the corners of the potholder. How to Make a Potholder
  12. Flip the binding around the raw edge and press the side we just sewed so that it is flat. How to Make a Potholder
  13. Clover clip the binding around the potholder and fold corners into place. How to Make a Potholder
  14. Sew the binding down with a stitch close to the fold in a coordinating thread color. How to Make a Potholder


I love that you can make these potholders with materials that you have on hand. If you don't have any insul-fleece, you can always do double or triple batting.

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Friday 20th of March 2020

Gracias, es fácil hacerlos. Un abrazo.

Patti McConnell

Sunday 15th of March 2020

I love these simple projects. Thank you!


Sunday 15th of March 2020

How about making a table cloth I wanted to make one but haven’t been able to find a video for it


Tuesday 24th of March 2020

The tricky thing about a table cloth is getting fabric that is wide enough, its difficult to find. And if its not wide enough, then it has a seam down the center and I feel like that's not the best look ;)

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