Tutorial: Quick Quilted Pot Holder

Simple quilted pot holder tutorial
A quick and easy pot holder pattern – with no binding – hurrah!

Here’s a sweet and simple sewing pattern for a pot holder that works particularly well with upholstery weight fabrics, but would be fine with quilting weight fabrics too. The utility fabric that makes this project work is insulated batting – I used Insul-Bright from the Warm Company, which is widely available in UK-based online fabric shops. I am sorry to all the quilters out there who work in inches – this one is written in metric – I recommend a metric ruler, it’s very useful!

Tutorial for an easy quilted pot holder
The pocket on the back provides extra protection for your hands.

Project Notes
Use insulating interfacing plus another layer of wadding to make this pot holder heat resistant – but remember it is heat resistant NOT heat proof so always take care with your precious hands and counter tops!

The seam allowance is 1cm, unless otherwise noted.

Cutting out:
Cut 1 piece of Fabric A (the blue fabric in my pictures) measuring 27cm x 23cm for the front of the pot holder, and 1 piece measuring 22cm x 23cm for the pocket lining.
Cut 1 piece of Fabric B (the yellow fabric) measuring 27cm x 23cm for the back of the pot holder, 1 piece for measuring 19cm x 23cm for the pocket front and 1 piece measuring 18cm x 6cm for the hanging loop.
Cut 1 piece of fusible fleece and 1 piece of insulating interfacing, both measuring 27cm x 23cm
Cut 1 piece of medium iron-on interfacing measuring 19cm x 23cm.

Pic 1

Step 2
Iron the medium weight interfacing onto the smaller pocket piece.
Iron the fusible piece onto the back of the pot holder (large piece of Fabric B).

Step 3
(You don’t have to quilt the pot holder at all if you want a *really* quick project)
Use a fabric marking pen (my favourite is a Chaco-pen) to mark quilting lines on the front section of the pot holder (large piece of Fabric A) – I marked a 5cm diagonal grid. Pin the insulating interfacing to the piece of fabric A, with the shinier side against the fabric and quilt the 2 fabrics together along the marked lines. Start at the centre of the fabrics and work outwards.

quilted pot holder - the quilting
Easy straight line quilting – yay!

Step 4
Fold the 18cm by 6cm piece of Fabric B in half lengthways, unfold, then fold edges into the middle. Fold in half down the middle again and then stitch down both edges to form the hanging loop.

Making the hanging loop for the quilted pot holder
Making the hanging loop is really easy!

Step 5
Take the 2 pocket pieces and put them right sides together, aligned at the top edge, pin and then stitch together with a 1.5cm seam.

Pic 4

The lining fabric will be longer at the bottom edge. Fold the larger piece of fabric up, and then down along the marked line.

Quilted pot holder tutorial - instructions for binding and lining the pocket
A simple way of edging and lining the pocket, all at the same time.

You are actually edging and lining the pocket at the same time. Press thoroughly then top stitch a couple of mm away from the seam.

Pic 6

Step 6
Use a cup, glass or something with a curved edge to use as a guide to trim curved corner pieces on the pot holder front, the back section and the bottom of the pocket section.


Instructions for making the curved corners on a quilted pot holder
Making the curved corners


All the pieces for the quilted pot holder, ready to stitch together.
We’re nearly ready to stitch it all together.

Step 7
Align the bottom edge of the pocket section with the back section of the pot holder and zigzag round the edge to hold in place. Fold the hanging loop in half and pin in one of the top corners of the pot holder, with the loop facing inwards.

Instructions for stitching the hanging loop on the pot holder.
Positioning the hanging loop
Stitching the pieces of the pot holder together.
Stitching the final seam… nearly done!

Pin the back and front sections together, right sides together and then stitch all round, leaving a turning gap of about 10cm on one of the long sides (avoid the top edge of the pocket in your gap placement – you can see the gap I left in mine on the lower left hand side).

Step 9
Trim some of the bulk of the interfacing and batting away from the seam allowance and cut small notches in the corners of the pot holder.

Reducing bulk at the corners before you turn the pot holder right side out.
Reducing bulk at the corners before you turn the pot holder right side out.

Then turn right side out and press thoroughly, pressing the edges of the turning gap under so that they line up with the stitched part of the seam. You can glue this closed with a glue stick, or pin it, and then stitch all round on the right side of the pot holder, about 2mm from the edge, to finish off and to secure the turning gap quickly and easily.

Top stitching round the edge of the pot holder to give a really finished look.
Top stitching round the edge of the pot holder to give a really finished look.

You are all finished and your pot holder is ready to use!


Quilted pot holder tutorial by Very Berry Handmade

The fabrics used in this tutorial are from Cottage in the Hills.

Click here for lots more FREE sewing tutorials from Very Berry.



4 thoughts on “Tutorial: Quick Quilted Pot Holder

  1. I made a few pot holders with binding and it’s always a struggle. I would like to try your method and upholstery weight fabrics as well. Thank you, Ali, for the nice tutorial.

  2. What a neat (in both senses of the word…) potholder design. We really need a new set – and have some Insulbrite (which I love) on hand – so this looks like the perfect project for a miserable, cold, soggy, Southern hemisphere day! Thanks so much…

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