I like to give fancy, shiny presents from the store. I do. But sometimes I just want to make something for someone. Yes, I could easily go to the store and pick up some potholders for very little money… but there’s this little part of me that wants to create and make things with my own two hands. So I made a few for Christmas gifts.
And these potholders are actually very easy to make.
Here’s what you need:
- cotton fabric for front and back of potholder
- Insulbrite insulating batting
- coordinating thread, sewing machine, needle
Step 1: Wash, dry, and cut your fabric. Make the following cuts:
- Cotton fabric: two 8 inch squares and a 4 inch X 2 inch rectangle
- Insulbrite: one 8 inch square
Step 2: Take the rectangle, fold it in half lengthwise, and press it. Open it back up and fold both sides to the middle and press. Then fold it along the middle line and press closed again. Fold it in half width-wise and press.
Step 3: Now take one of the 8 inch squares and lay it down right side up. Then lay the rectangle piece in a corner, with the folded end toward the inside. Lay the other cotton square on top of this, with the right side down. Then top it with the Insulbrite square. Pin everything into place.
Step 4: Sew along the edge of the stack, sewing 1/2 inch from the edge. Leave a 2-3 inch opening on one side. Trim the corners.
Step 5: Use the hole to turn the potholder right side out. Iron it nice and flat. Pin and sew around the edge, sewing 1/2 inch around the edge. I like to do a double topstitch around the edge. You could even do something like quilting lines, squares, or some other fun design onto the top.
Now you’ve got some fun little gifts, perfect for a housewarming or hostess gift.