Make Easy Quilted Potholders

Make Easy Quilted Potholders

Here’s a simple step by step method for making quilted potholders. You’ll see how easy they are to make for yourself or as a gift for someone. Also, for those of you new to quilting, this is an understandable introduction to learning the craft.

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You will need the following:

  • Fabric #1 – two 14″ strips and one 7″ strip, 3 1/2″ wide
  • Fabric #2 – one 14″ strip and two 7″ strips, 3 1/2″ wide
  • Batting – two 9 1/2″ x 9 1/2″ (you may want to use Insul Brite for extra heat resistance as one of the layers)
  • Backing – two 9 1/2″ x 9 1/2″ pieces of fabric

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Using a 1/4″ seam, stitch above the strips together and cut the sewn units into 3 1/2″ sections as pictured below:
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Stitch these segments together, 1/4″ seam, being careful to match the seams. This will complete the top of the potholder.

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Next layer the potholder. The patchwork top and the backing are right sides together, and layers of batting are placed on either side of the “sandwich” as pictured below:

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Pin the layers together leaving a 5″ – 6″ opening on one side:

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Once it’s sewn, carefully clip off the corners before turning inside out making it easier to square the corners. Now turn inside out through the opening, carefully pushing each corner outwards:

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Press the potholder turning in the raw edges of the opening. Insert a piece of ribbon or make a 5″ loop out of your fabric to hang the potholder. Unnecessary if you don’t plan to hang it! See below:

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Now top stitch all around the potholder 1/8″ from the edge closing the opening.

At this point I like to quilt diagonally across the solid purple squares in each direction in an X design to keep the layers from shifting as seen in the finished photo at the top of the page.

There you go, a really nice potholder for you or your gift recipient. Now wasn’t that easy!

Lorraine is a New England homemaker with a passion for quilting. See her handmade table decor and baby quilts at New England Patches                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                



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