Liesl Made Pot Holder Tutorial.

I know there are probably a million and one pot holder tutorials on the web but I wanted to share my version with you all. If you have any questions, or concerns, feel free to contact me.

To make a pair of linen and cotton pot holders you’ll need:
4 – 10″ x 10″ pieces of linen
6 – 10″ x 10″ pieces cotton batting
(or 4 pieces of the cotton and 2 pieces of thermal batting)
2 – 4 1/2″ x 8″ cotton print
2 – 5″ pieces 3/8″ cotton twill tape (or extra binding)
80+” of 2″ bias binding

Start by making a template for the pot holders. Cut an 8″ square from some paper. Round all four corners.

To start piecing together the pot holder, layer linen, cotton batting, thermal batting or another layer of cotton batting, cotton batting and linen.

Pin the template to the center of your stack.

Trace the pattern onto the linen.

Now you want to mark the center. Measure 4″ in and mark *outside* the pattern on both the top and bottom. This will help guide you with the first quilting line. I also put a pin or two down the center to help guide me but you could mark it with a water or air soluble pen or pencil.

It should look like this. Next pin the layers all together so none shift while you’re working.

Take the stack over to your sewing machine. You’ll want to lower your tension and increase your stitch length. I set my machine at a tension of 2 and stitch length of 3. You can test on the edges, outside the traced template markings to see what works best. Stitch down the center.

It helps to have a seam guide attachment for the next step but if you don’t, you can just measure 1″ and mark with a water or air soluble pen or pencil or just use pins.

Using your preferred guide method, stitch 1″ to the left of the center quilting stitch. Repeat two more times. Repeat for the opposite side of the center seam.

It should look something like this when you’re all done.

Next comes the hardest part of all–cutting out the actual pot holder. It’s rough on your hand and you’ll need sturdy scissors. You can cut each layer individually if that helps.

Now take the 4 1/2″ by 8″ cotton prints you’ve chosen and fold under and iron a 1/2″ on the long sides. Pin onto the pot holder about an 1 1/2″ from the bottom edge. Stitch along edges of the cotton.

Next stitch the twill tape about 1/8″ to the top center of the back of the pot holder as seen. You can use some of the binding by cutting two 5″ strips and folding them in half lengthwise, stitching a 1/4″ and turning inside out.

Now we are to the binding stage. Make sure your binding is *bias binding* because you have to maneuver the rounded corners. A simple google search for bias binding directions will provide plenty of info if you’re a newbie to binding. Or you can check out how I made mine for the Folded Start Trivet Tutorial.

Place the binding, right side down, to the bottom edge of the pot holder. Fold back about a 1/2″ and pin.

I don’t bother pinning my binding to the pot holder but you can, especially around the rounded corners. Stitch about 3/8″ from the edge.

Bend the binding to the curve of the rounded corners. It good to use two hands here, but I needed one for the camera. ;)

When you get to the top edge, be sure the twill tape is laying flat against the back side.

Finish up the binding by lapping the binding over the folded bit in the beginning.

Now onward to hand stitching the binding. You can machine stitch the binding if you prefer but I think this looks a lot nicer. Fold back the binding and pin. Whip/hidden stitch starting at the bottom.

When you get to the top, be sure to have your needle go through the twill tape and the linen so it’s nice and secure.

And you’re done with your potholders!

(For personal use only, please.)


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    mallorymurray February 11, 2010

    Thanks for the tutorial! I’ve made potholders before but none that look this nice – this is a great addition! :)

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    Mindee A. February 11, 2010

    Those are beautiful! Thanks for the directions!

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    Dayna February 11, 2010

    Yay! I’ve been waiting for this! Bless your sweet heart, Liesl!

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    Teresa February 11, 2010

    Awesome tutorial! Those will be perfect for gifts!

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    Erin February 11, 2010

    I’ve never seen a seam guide like yours before! I have a magnetic one that sticks to the throat plate, but it’s utterly useless for quilting (which is the majority of my sewing) so I never use it. I will have to see if I can find one like yours for my machine! That would be soo handy!

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    gia February 12, 2010

    excellent instructions ~ looks simple but potholders are not so simple and require many steps, knowing the “layers” of fabric needed, and deft hand sewing and machine stitching with a seam guide – which I think is brilliant and why don’t I have one for my machine (note to self: buy seam guide)… and of course the pretty linen, print, and matching binding. great stuff, best gia :)

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    Teresa p March 1, 2010

    Thanks for this, Liesl. I love a good potholder.

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    Gillian October 19, 2010

    Hi Liesl! Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful work! These are adorable: classic and modern in all the right ways. Can’t wait to try them!

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    keisha April 20, 2011

    love your work easy to follow

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    sewinglady October 18, 2011

    I love the tutorial!

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    RaeAnn December 19, 2012

    This is a fantastic tutorial…thank you!

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    Gwenna August 13, 2014

    What is that metal bar thingy called that you have on your machine? I love it!!! What kind of machine are you using?

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