A Little Pot Holder Love

I recently particpated in the Holiday Bake, Craft and Sew Along over at Skip to My Lou.
For the Sew Along, I wanted to come up with a gift that was fun and easy to make – but that people don’t always remember to buy for themselves.

I thought that some cute Pot Holders would be just the thing! It’s more fun to cook and bake with cute pot holders don’t you think?
I have two versions for you today – here’s the first:

How can you not feel awesome when you’re taking muffins (or creme brulee) out of the oven with this snazzy potholder?
I have been loving all the “lined paper” projects around and I thought that the idea was perfect for a fun, ok . . . silly, pot holder.

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:

For Front Piece of Potholder –
White Fabric – 2 pieces 8″ x 8 1/2″
Pellon Insul-fleece – 1 piece 8″ x 8 1/2″
Pellon lightweight batting – 1 piece 8″ x 8 1/2″

For Back Piece of Potholder –
Back Fabric – 2 pieces 10″ x 8 1/2″
Pellon Insul-fleece – 1 piece 10″ x 8 1/2″
Pellon Lightweight Batting – 1 Piece 8″ x 8 1/2″

For Binding –
1 piece cut on bias – 3″ x 42″
1 piece cut on bias – 3″ x 9″

To Make the Pot Holder –

Cut out your fabrics. Lay your pieces so that the small front pieces are together and the back pieces are together.

For the Front of the Pot Holder, make a sandwich with the two white pieces of fabric on the outsides, right sides out, and the Insul-fleece and batting inside.
Sew 1/4″ around all the sides to hold everything together.

Measure down from the top 1 1/2″ and draw a line across the rectangle with a disappearing marking pen. Mark the next line 3/4″ below that.
Continue marking lines down the rectangle until you reach the bottom.

With blue thread, sew across the marked lines. Go over the top line 4 times and the other lines 2 times.

Measure 1 1/2″ from the left side and mark a vertical line down the rectangle. Sew over this line with red thread 4 times.

With your marking pen, write out your clever phrase on the fabric. Embroider the letters with a simple stem stitch.

Fold the 9″ piece of binding in half, wrong sides together and press.
On the back side of the front piece, lay the raw edges along the top edge of the rectangle. Sew down with a 3/8″ seam allowance.

Fold the binding over to the front of the rectangle and sew it down just inside the folded edge.

For the back of the Pot Holder, make a sandwich with the fabric and fleeces just like you did with the front.
Sew 1/4″ around all the sides, then sew vertical lines down the rectangle 1″ apart.

Lay the front of the pot holder over the back with the bottom sides matching up. Trim off any excess and sew the sides and bottom together with a 1/4″ seam allowance.
Trim the corners so they are just a little bit rounded.

Bind the potholder around all four sides, just like you did for the top of the front piece.

Cute huh? And so quick! I love having the little pocket to slide my hand in.

I’m a bit of a klutz so the more protected my hands are when I stick them in the oven, the better!

The back is super cute too!

If you prefer something that is a little more “traditional” you can use the same steps as above. You can adjust the size easily too!
This version is a little smaller – 7 1/2″ x 9″ finished – and has rows of little embroidered running stitches over machine stitching on the front in the same colors as the cute retro fabric in the back.
I did the little running stitches over the machine stitching around the edge of the binding in front too.

I pretty much love them both. ;)

What do you think? Wouldn’t they make a fun gift?



  • Reply September 30, 2011


    Love it, like always! Featuring you again this week! Can’t help it, I try not to do it all the time, but sometimes it’s just too cute to not to!

  • Best Potholder EVER!!!!!!

  • Reply October 5, 2011


    Bev ~ First, YES, I am WAY, WAY behid in some of my emails. Ok got that out……Now, I have to tell you that I absolutely LOVE this pot holder. It is just to friggin cute! Thank you so much.

  • Reply October 27, 2011


    This cracked me up! A perfect hostess gift! pinning and stumbling it!

  • Reply February 2, 2012

    Andrea Tenges

    How NOT TO PRINT responses!!!!! Just want to print out pattern. SO FRUSTRATING…..

    • February 2, 2012


      Sorry you’re frustrated Andrea!
      If you highlight the text in the tutorial that you’d like to print, then right-click, you should have “Print” as an option. Then when you Print window opens, select Print Selected Text (or something similar). It will only print what you have highlighted.

  • Reply February 2, 2012


    Oh, to say I love these doesn’t even come close! They’re just awesome… Thank you for sharing! I’ve pinned both these potholders on Pinterest.

  • Reply February 2, 2012


    my daughter needs a potholder to protect the back of her hands and this will be great. i will add a hanging loop, these are perfect.

  • Reply February 11, 2012


    I wonder…would this work using the fabric that goes through the printer, and printing a favorite recipe on it for the front, then doing the lines like you did for the paper?? I thought of that before, but couldn’t figure out how to put it together. I love this with the embroidered saying on it – thanks for the easy to follow directions. Love it!

  • Reply February 16, 2012

    Linda Macdonald

    What a wonderful ider! I just love the potholder. I’m going to make some for my daughter-in-law for her birthday.mmmmm I’m going to put a heart on it and write on the heart- I love your cooking. Beverly, Thank-You for sharing!

  • Reply March 1, 2012


    This is the cutest idea. I would love to make and send them to my girlfriends as a fandom act of craftiness. Who wouldn’t giggle getting one of these in the mail. Sure hope I can master the embroidery part. So clever. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply May 25, 2012


    This is SUPER cute!! I’m definitely going to make some as gifts.

  • Reply November 7, 2012

    Kathy Pihlaja

    This is a cute hot pad. The instructions stop short of being useful. I can’t figure out how to actually put the binding on. I have tried several ways and they all look terrible. If you open the bias tape strip up and sew it to the “sandwich”, when you turn it over to sew the other side, the seams all show and it is never even. Maybe sewing the bias tape on is something everyone else has mastered except me!

  • Reply November 12, 2012

    The 36th AVENUE

    This is adorable!

  • Reply November 12, 2012

    Mariel @ Or so she says...

    These are so awesome, Beverly!!

  • I totally love this as a gift idea! I’m just starting to learn how to sew, and this would be a perfect project to do.

    Visiting from Pretty Handy Girl’s DIY link up party. :)

  • Bev, this is ADORABLE!!! I love it and hope you won’t mind if I share it in my favorite of the DIY GIft Idea party post.

  • Reply February 20, 2013

    Little Joan

    Which side of the insul-fleece faces the outside of the potholder? Shiny side out? And does the lightweight fleece go behind the insul-fleece (on the inside side of the potholder)? Have read the directions from manufacturer and am still confused. Thanks

    • March 27, 2013


      Either side can be up, it makes no difference.

      If you plan to use the Insul-Fleece in a project that will come in contact with any object over 400 degrees they recommend that you place a layer or two of cotton batting between the Insul-Fleece and the fabric that will come in contact with the hot object. This will help prevent the Polyester in the Insul-Fleece from melting.

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  • Reply January 10, 2015

    Borei Designs

    Thank you so much for this tutorial! I made one using a “Swedish Vine” print for my husband’s great aunt for Christmas. She loved it!

  • Reply January 18, 2015


    I love this potholder, am in the process of making it right now, I’ll be making both versions and will send to two newlywed couples. I even have the retro fabric that you used on the second smaller potholder. I love that fabric.

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