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How to Make Potholders

Personally I feel you can almost never have too many potholders and dish towels. I am going to show you how to make potholders in a super simple tutorial complete with step by step pictures and a video.

How to Make Potholders video and written step by step tutorial

Supplies Needed:

You don’t need much fabric to make these. I was using up some scraps I had leftover from other projects but if you have to buy new then you will only need 1/4 yard of the fabric, 1/4 yard of the batting, and 1/4 yard of the insulated batting.

What is Insul-bright?

Ok, so a quick explanation on something important we are using for this project- Insul-bright. Insul-bright is a name brand of an insulated batting. This is a batting that is heat resistant. It’s a thicker, stiffer type of batting with metal fibers in it.

How to Make Potholders Video Tutorial

How to Make Potholders Step by Step Written Tutorial

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
  • Insul-bright: one 8 inch square
  • Batting: two 8 inch squares
supplies for the DIY potholders

Step 2: Take the rectangle, fold it in half lengthwise, and press it.

folding the fabric loop

Open it back up and fold both sides to the middle and press.

folding the fabric for the loop
folding the piece of fabric to make the loop
doy potholder loop in progress

Sew along the open edge of the long side, sewing 1/4 inch or less from the edge.

Fold it in half width-wise and press. Sew along the bottom edge, sewing less than 1/4 inch from the edge to make a loop.

the loop of the diy potholder
the finished loop

Step 3: First lay down the Insul-bright square.

Next lay down one of the squares of cotton batting.

stack step 1

Now take one of the 8 inch squares of outer fabric and lay it down right side up.

Then lay the rectangle piece in a corner, with the folded end toward the inside.

second part of the fabric stack for the diy potholder

Lay the other outer fabric square on top of this, with the right side down.

the their part of the stack

Next add the other batting square on top. Pin everything into place.

the top layer of the fabric stack

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 tips off of the four corners, being careful not to cut through the stitches.

lines showing where to sew around the stack for the DIY potholders

Step 5: Use the hole to turn the potholder right side out. Iron it nice and flat. Pin and sew around the edge, sewing a little less than 1/2 inch to 1/4 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 on top but just make sure you to sew that one line all the way around the edge so that you close up that hole that you left in the edge to turn things right side out.

How to Make Potholders Tutorial with step by step instructions with pictures and video
how to make potholders finished product

And that’s it!

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