Here is a link to PDF instructions.
This tutorial should also help the beginning sewer get an understanding of measuring, cutting, pinning, and basic sewing concepts.
Step 1: Gather Ye Materials While Ye May.
I. 1 8-inch square each of fabric for the front and back
II. 1 8 1/2-inch square thermal batting (silvery-colored, usually)
OR three layers batting, flannel, towel scraps, each cut into 8 1/2-inch squares
III. 1 42-inch strip for binding, 2 inches wide - here's an assembly tip.
IV. Thread, pins
V. Seam ripper (never sew without one!)
Index / Terms:
FF, CF = Fashion Fabric, Contrast Fabric
RS, WS = Right Side, Wrong Side of fabric
SA= Seam Allowance
Step 2: Layer and Pin.
Pin or hand-baste all layers, being careful to keep both sides wtihout gathers. I use about nine safety pins.
Step 3: Now Quilt! (Or Tie), Add Binding
The more layers (the thicker your potholder) the longer machine stitch length you will want to use.
Press one raw edge of binding trip 1/2" to WS, lengthwise. Begin pinning, matching raw edges and RS together. Important - pin the binding strip to the FF side if you will be handfinishing the binding (as I do in this tutorial); pin the binding strip to the CF if you will be finishing by machine topstitching.
When pinning the binding strip to thepotholder, fold up the binding at a 45-degree angle as shown, starting halfway on an edge.
Step 4: Miter, Baby!
Take pot holder off sewing machine, and fold it for mitered corners as shown. First, fold strip up, then back down along the adjacent side raw edge. This will leave a triangular fold where you will resume stitching.