How to Sew a Potholder

Quick & Easy Potholders

I know this might sound strange, but my husband is very particular about the size of the potholders he uses! He does most of the cooking in our house, so if he wants potholders of a particular size, I make them!

In this tutorial, you will learn how to make these potholders using a bias tape binding.

Supplies

Gather your supplies

Fat quarters or square scraps (1 if you want the front and back the same or 2 if you want the front and back to be different fabrics)

Batting (I had scraps left over from a quilt – you will need a big enough square scrap to match the size of your main fabric)

Insulbrite (again, I had a scrap left over from making lunch boxes. Your scrap needs to be as big as your main fabric)

Frixion/Fabric Marking Tool

Straight edge

1 package of Extra Wide Double Fold Bias Tape

Usual sewing supplies (like coordinating thread, scissors, etc.)

Prep Time!

As I mentioned, my husband loves my custom made pot holders because they are the “perfect” size (for him). He discovered that he loved smaller pot holders when one of my “oops” projects made its way into the kitchen. So, although my dimensions may be smaller than potholders that are sold in stores, you can totally customize this!

First, cut two squares of quilting cotton. My squares are 6″x6″. You can make them bigger to suit your preference.

Next, cut the squares of batting and Insulbrite the same size as the quilting cotton squares. You will need 1 square of batting and 2 squares of Insulbrite.

Now, stack up your squares in the following order: back fabric (Right Side facing down), Insulbrite, batting, Insulbrite, front fabric (Right Side facing up). Pin the layers together to prevent shifting.

Quilting (it’s not hard!)

The thought of “quilting” something was so intimidating for someone like me that mainly sews clothing. Quilting is just stitching a line or design onto layers of fabric to hold them together!

Start by deciding the design you want on your potholder. I prefer the simple horizontal straight lines as they hold the layers together all the way across. You can also choose a diagonal or square pattern. With your fabric marking tool and your straight edge, draw the lines/design on the top fabric.

With a coordinating thread, stitch over the lines/design you drew. Remember to backstitch when you start and stop. I lengthened my stitch length a tad since the layers of batting and Insulbrite were thick.

Bias Binding

I do not recommend cutting the bias binding ahead of time. I use it right out of the package and trim the length after I’ve sewn it on. This way, in case there’s shifting or I’ve measured incorrectly, I won’t have to rip it off and start over!

Unfold the bias binding and fold the short end over about 1/4″. Line up the raw edge of the binding with the edge of your fabric. I usually begin at the bottom center of the potholder. You can pin the binding in place or you can lay it on top and adjust as you go (this is my preferred method). Stitch along the first fold of the binding. Bias binding is cut on the bias so it will maneuver around curves easily. When you get back to where you started, overlap the binding about 1/2″ and backstitch. Now you can trim the length of bias binding.

Next, fold the binding over encasing the raw edges of the fabric and layers. Topstitch close to the edge using a coordinating thread. When you topstitch, be sure that you’re catching the back of the bias binding. I sometimes use Wash Away Wonder Tape or fabric glue to hold the binding in place when I’m doing this final step.

And there you have it – a quick and easy, custom sized potholder!! These pair nicely with aprons or handmade sweet treats as a fun gift!

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