Are your potholders totally destroyed? I know most of mine are, so when I was out fabric shopping and came across this adorable kitchen utensil fabric I knew I had to have and make a cute DIY pot holder out of it! This is such a fun and fast project that would make a great gift or keep it for yourself to replace some of those embarrassingly stained ones (we all have them)!
- 1/4 yard of quilt batting
- 1/4 yard of printed fabric for the top
- 1/4 yard of terrycloth for the inside
- 1 yard of bias tape binding, you can make your own or buy it premade
The first step is to cut out your fabric. I just used a pot holder I already had, traced around it on a sheet of paper and then using a ruler added 1/2″ for seam allowance around the outside. Then cut 2 of each of your fabrics. I then pinned the three layers together two times, one for the top and one for the back and quilted them. I’m not going to lie I am not a “quilter” so I’m sure there is a tool to help you quilt with your standard machine but I don’t know about it so what I did was taking a ruler and a pencil I lightly drew the quilting lines 1″ apart and then sewed on top of the pencil line. It totally worked for me!
The next step is to make your bias tape, if you are making it. Cut a 2″ strip of fabric that is diagonal across the width of the fabric, thats what we call the “bias” so it has stretch to it even though its a woven fabric. Then fold it in half and then fold the two ends into the center so you have a nice finished edge to put the bottom of the pot holder into.
Sew the bias tape onto the bottom of your two pieces, this will give a finished edge to the pot holder.
If you want to hang your pot holder you’ll want to sew a loop of fabric into the side seam. For mine i cut a 4″ x 2.5″ piece of fabric, folded it over lengthwise with right sides together and sewed it up at 1/4″ seam allowance. After sewing flip it right side out and then iron it flat.
You’ll want to fold it over so it makes a loop and then pin it between the layers of the pot holder so it will be sewn nicely into the side seam.
Pin both quilted layers together and sew all the way around the pot holder. After sewing you will want to trim around the finger indention (between the thumb spot and the rest of the hand spot, cut into it almost to the stitching. This will ease up some of the tension in that point when you turn it right side out.