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How To Make Pot Holders

Learn how to make pot holders for your kitchen with this simple, DIY sewing tutorial. Perfect for beginner sewers.

Floral pot holder being held by Makyla in right hand. There are two more in the background. One is white and pink striped and the other floral. There are eggs in a ceramic dish behind the pot holder.

If you’re anything like me you love to make things yourself. I find myself saying “oh I can make that” far too often but I really enjoy getting stuck into DIY projects.

Whenever I find beautiful textiles and linens for my home the prices are always way too much for me to justify spending. My solution is to make my own but better!

I recently let go of our old kitchen pot holders that were stained and well let’s say well used! Now that I have lived a few months without any pot holders I’ve come to realise how useful they really are. Tea towels just don’t cut it for me when I need to quickly get things out of the oven!

White and floral pot holder with stripe tab laying on white bench top. There is a white/pink striped potholder behind it on a white bench. There are eggs in the corner of the shot that are sitting in a ceramic egg tray.

Why do you need pot holders in your kitchen?

Pot holders make grabbing hot dishes and trays out of the oven so much safer. If you cook or bake a lot I’m sure you can relate to burning your fingers through thin tea towels!!!!

They are super pretty and I love creating when I have beautiful & inspiring things around me.

They are super handy to place on the kitchen bench with a hot dish on top. This can a really pretty touch if you are entertaining and have lots of hot dishes to place out for dinner.

floral and striped pot holders in wire basket on kitchen bench. Rolling pin and eggs in the background.

I put my creative cap on and made these cottage-style potholders that I absolutely adore. You can follow along below to make your own potholders for your kitchen.

PROJECT TIPS

  • Use only cotton or linen material as these can handle the heat. Synthetic fabrics like polyester will melt!
  • Use contrasting prints to create really pretty potholders and hang these on display in your kitchen. Functional and pretty!
  • Wrap these up with some homemade treats in a basket along with this apron and gift to a loved one.

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HOW TO MAKE POT HOLDERS VIDEO TUTORIAL

MATERIALS & TOOLS

This list is enough to make two large potholders and maybe a few smaller ones too!

HOW TO MAKE POT HOLDERS FOR YOUR KITCHEN

To begin cut out two 10 x 10 inch squares. Repeat this for the batting. Cut out one rectangle for the tab at 1.5 inches wide x 6 inches long.

Fabric cut into squares to make potholders. Fabric sheers on top of the cut out fabric.

Next, fold the tab in half and press to crease. Unfold and fold in the sides to meet the middle crease. Press in place and pin. Edgestitch down to close.

Folding the pot holder tab in half and stitching down

Fold the tab in half and pin to the pot holder main fabric in one of the corners. Sew along the tab to hold securely in place and pull out the pin.

close up pinning the tab to the corner of the potholder.

Place the fabric right sides together, then place this on top of the two layers of heat resistant batting. Make sure to line up all the edges.

Pin to hold all the layers in place then sew around the outside with a 1cm seam allowance. Leave a 5cm opening on one side to turn the pot holders to the right sides.

Tip: Make sure you have quality pins that are sharp as you don’t want your fabric to get snagged. These ones here are great.

pinning the pot holder in place then sewing on the sewing machine.

Trim off the edges and corners about 3mm from the stitching lines. This will help reduce the bulk when topstitching.

Tip: I used my rotary cutter and mat for this step it just makes things so much easier & quicker! You can find my rotary cutter here.

Turn through the hole to the right sides. Make sure to push out all of the corners to help them get as sharp as you can.

using a rotary cutter to cut off the corners and seam edges to reduce bulk on the potholders.

Iron the pot holder flat and pin the seam down where the opening is to be nice and tidy. Topstitch 5mm around the edges and remove pins.

makyla sewing a seam around the pot holder edges.

Finally, the fun part is to topstitch with some rows of stitching. You could just do a few straight lines like mine or crisscross. Play around and get creative, you could always sew some curved lines of fun shapes to add a personal touch.

Now repeat these steps if you are making more than one pot holder for your kitchen. You should have plenty of fabric to make a few of these.

PIN FOR LATER

Mak x

HOW TO MAKE POT HOLDERS

HOW TO MAKE POT HOLDERS

Learn how to make pot holders for your kitchen with this simple, DIY sewing tutorialPerfect for beginner sewers.

Active Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour

Materials

  • 1/2m/yard Cotton or Linen fabric
  • 1/2m/yard heat resistant batting

Tools

  • Sewing machine (this is the machine I use and love!)
  • Fabric shears
  • Pins
  • Tape measure
  • Iron (optional)

Instructions

    1. To begin cut out two 10 x 10 inch squares. Repeat this for the batting. Cut out one rectangle for the tab at 1.5 inches wide x 6 inches long
    2. Next, fold the tab in half and press to crease. Unfold and fold in the sides to meet the middle crease. Press in place and pin. Edgestitch down to close.
    3. Fold the tab in half and pin to the pot holder main fabric in one of the corners. Sew along the tab to hold securely in place and pull out the pin.
    4. Place the fabric right sides together, then place this on top of the two layers of heat resistant batting. Make sure to line up all the edges.
    5. Pin to hold all the layers in place then sew around the outside with a 1cm seam allowance. Leave a 5cm opening on one side to turn the pot holders to the right sides.
    6. Trim off the edges and corners about 3mm from the stitching lines. This will help reduce the bulk when topstitching.
    7. Turn through the hole to the right sides. Make sure to push out all of the corners to help them get as sharp as you can.
    8. Iron the pot holder flat and pin the seam down where the opening is to be nice and tidy. Topstitch 5mm around the edges and remove pins.
    9. Finally, the fun part is to topstitch with some rows of stitching. You could just do a few straight lines like mine or crisscross. Play around and get creative, you could always sew some curved lines of fun shapes to add a personal touch.

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