Wednesday, October 10, 2018

patchwork potholder (a quick tutorial)

I really, really enjoy sewing up projects for our home so when I realized we needed new potholders I was more than happy to drop everything and get stitching.

I think it turned out quite lovely  :)

I started off with some of my screen printed scraps and a few pieces of Essex linen (my favorite combo), and randomly pieced them together until my patchwork measured about 7.5'' x 8.5''. This measurement wasn't really important as potholders could definitely be smaller or larger depending on one's preference.

I then quilted my patchwork piece to a layer of Insul-Bright to ensure I could use the finished potholder to handle hot things.

 I then trimmed and squared my quilted piece to measure 7'' x 8'' and I did basting stitches all the way around the panel's perimeter to ensure quilting stays in place. I also basted a slightly larger piece of fabric to cotton batting and quilted it as well.

I then placed quilted front and back wrong sides together, pinned, basted, and trimmed off extra backing + batting.

A little note on quilting: as you've noticed I quilted the top and bottom part of the potholder separately. The reason for that was I was using my backup machine with no walking foot and two layers was all I was confident to stitch over without worrying about puckers. You could, of course, layer all four panels on top of each other (backing right side down, cotton batting, Insul-Bright, and patchwork panel right side up on the very top) and quilt through it all at once.

All I needed to do then is add the binding the same way I would add it to a quilt. I first machine stitched the binding to the front and then used running stitch to attach it to the back. And then I added a leather strip + rivet to make a hanging loop. Easy peasy!

What do you think? Pretty fun and quick to make, isn't it?

I'm sure I'll be making more of these pretty soon.

Happy sewing friends. Svetlana


  1. LOVE this! You are so good with all the little details. This will be really fun to use - love the leather + rivet!

  2. LOOOOVE this potholder too!! Thank you for great Tutorial on how to make one!! (Or Many! giggle...) Ohio Hugs!! :)

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  4. What a pretty potholder! Love the leather & rivet, and I love the striped binding.

  5. Thanks for sharing your process. I’ve always put the four layers together and then quilted - sometimes a little difficult, even with the walking foot. Never occurred to me to do it the way you detailed. Great idea. I also like the different quilting on each side. It looks great.

    1. I too like the different quilting on front and back. Very pretty all the way around.

  6. I've noticed that you use the black and white striping on many of your projects and I can see why! Love it! What is the fabric name and where do you get it?

  7. Thanks for sharing, this will be on my 'to do' list!

  8. This reminds me of badly I need to make some potholders. I have one very old and sad potholder in my kitchen right now. Humm... These could make some nice Xmas gifts too. I had better get crackin'!

  9. Such a sweet potholder, thanks for the details on whipping one up. As you say, looks Easy Peasy..

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