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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
And you’re done with your potholders!
(For personal use only, please.)