Easy Bias Tape Potholder

Easy Keep Your Cool Potholder

I have a fun new Easy Bias Tape Potholder tutorial for you today – this sweet new Easy “Keep Your Cool” Potholder.

One of my favorite parts about making things is being able to make them exactly the way I want them!

Keep Your Cool Embroidered Potholder

Which usually means vintage fabrics and some silliness.

I have been wanting to make a fold-over potholder for a while now – I like the style and there are so many fun options for bias tape and fabrics.

fold over potholduer

What really gives this pop is the vintage sheet bias tape that edges the potholder – and I had so much fun making it!

Simplicity sent me one of their fabulous Bias Tape Makers and I had a great time trying it out. Here’s a little video I posted on Instagram showing how easy it is to use!

I had fun making up a few different fabrics into bias tape. This is a one inch tip on the machine, which folds and presses the fabric into one inch Single Fold bias tape. Then all you have to do is press it in half to have double fold bias tape.

I found that the tape maker worked better with this fabric in the video than my vintage sheet fabric. The vintage sheet fabric is usually hard to press into creases for some reason. I don’t know if it’s the age of the fabric or what. It pressed it into the tape, but I went over it with the iron give it a little stronger creases.

So let’s get to the tutorial!

You’ll need:

  • 1/4 yard fabric
  • 50″ of bias tape
  • batting
  • insul-fleece
  • embroidery or other fabric appliques (optional)

Begin by cutting four circles out of fabric, the size you’d like your potholder. I used a big bowl to trace – mine is just about 8 1/2 inches in diameter. Take 2 of the circles and fold them in half. Cut 1/2″ off the folded edge of the half circles. That should leave your with 2 circles and 4 half circles. Whew. Math is icky.

potholder pieces

Use these pieces to cut 2 circles of batting, 4 half circles of batting and out of insul-fleece: one circle and 2 half circles.

Cut and prep your bias tape. I cut 2″ wide fabric strips on the bias to make my tape.
Cutting the fabric on the bias (45º angle to the selvedge) will allow your tape to be sewn easily to the curves of the potholder.

cutting bias tape

If you are not using the Bias Tape Maker, you’ll want to fold each of the long edges of the fabric strip into the center and press. Then fold the fabric strip in half again long ways. Press. Now you have custom bias tape!

For the back piece of the potholder, make a fabric sandwich with the right sides of the fabric out, and a layer of batting, insul-fleece, and batting inside.

batting layers

Pin your layers together and quilt as desired. I did straight(ish) rows since I thought those would look nice with the wood grain fabric. Trim around your circle to cut off any batting that sticks out.

quilting potholder layers

Repeat the quilting process with your two half circle pieces.

quilting top of potholder

Add your embroidery or applique to your half circles with Wonder Under. I embroidered some fabric with the phrase “keep your cool” but you could add any appliques to yours! Or leave it plain to show off the fabulous fabric you’re using.

pressing embroidery on potholder

Applique around the fabric edges with a small zig-zag stitch to hold them in place.

applique pieces on potholder

Now we’re going to add the bias tape. Open out your bias tape and line up the long edge with the straight edge on the back of one of your half circles. Sew along the first fold crease, sewing the bias tape to the back of the half circle. Trim the bias tape so it is the same length as the piece.

bias tape edging

Bring the folded side of the bias tape around to the front of the half circle and sew down, sewing right inside the folded edge of the tape.
Repeat for the other half circle.

bias edging for top of potholder

Now we’re going to put the whole thing together. Lay the half circle pieces on top of the full circle and leave an opening in the middle. The right and left curves of the circle should match up with the half circles. Baste all the way around the pieces, sewing through all the layers, just inside the raw edge.

Starting about 3″ into your bias tape, start sewing the tape to the back of your circle like you did with the half circles. Stop sewing about 4″ from where you started. You should now have two sections of bias tape that are loose at the bottom. Line up where the bias tape would meet in the bottom center and open up the tape. Sew across the bias tape, right sides together. Trim the bias tape ends and press the seam open. Finish sewing the tape to the bottom curve of the potholder.

bias tape around potholder
Bring your bias tape around to the front and sew in place on the front side, just inside the folded edge. (If your bias tape doesn’t cover the stitching, you can trim off a little of the potholder fabric, all the way around the circle.

sewing on bias tape

Now you have a super cute little potholder – all custom decorated with bias tape!

wood grain fabric potholder

Wouldn’t this be a great gift too? You could make up a ton of bias tape and just do up a stack of potholders! They’d be perfect hostess or teacher gifts!

Keep Your Cool Potholder

This Giveaway is Now Closed.
So now let’s get to the part you’ve been waiting for – (though I’m sure you’ve been enthralled by my potholder tutorial) . . . the Giveaway!

Simplicity has sent me a Bias Tape Maker for one of you!!

Simplicity Bias Tape Maker Set

The Bias Tape Maker comes with a 1″ tip, and they sent along a few extra tips for the winner too – a 1/4″,  3/4″, 7/8″, & 1 1/8″ tips! Think of all the fun things your could edge with those!
This set has a $140 Value!!

Just enter on the Rafflecopter giveaway here – easy peasy!
Giveaway is open to US & Canada residents who are 18 and over. Giveaway will close on December 20 and I will ship it out asap, but odds are you won’t have this in time for Christmas. You can put a picture of it under the tree for yourself. :)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good Luck!!


  • Reply December 20, 2013

    Anita Lao

    I would love one of these! I’ve got several baby blankets to do…

  • Reply December 20, 2013

    Debbie Myers

    Lots of crafty things! Looks super cool!

  • Reply December 20, 2013


    Oh man! I love this project! So cute!

  • Reply December 20, 2013


    OMG!!! This is one of the things I put on my Christmas list. What a great giveaway.

  • Reply December 20, 2013


    I am not entirely certain, something with pillows or a note board.

  • Reply December 20, 2013


    Amazing what has been invented to help us be creative! This would be great to work with when sewing.

  • Reply December 20, 2013

    Cynthia B

    I would start with a pot holder! Then the sky is the limit!!!!

  • Reply December 20, 2013

    Sandra Gallant

    I would have to try your potholder project!

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