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This instructable will teach you how to sew up quick and easy potholders from cotton fabric and old towels, and best of all - no time consuming binding!

I've tested these up to 450 degrees F, and can verify that they work! No burned hands, yay!
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Step 1: What you'll need:

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  • 2 8x8 inch squares of 100% cotton fabric - the thicker, the better!
  • 1 8x8 inch square of an old terry cloth towel - must be 100% cotton
  • ribbon or fabric for a loop to hang the potholder (optional)
  • pins
  • something to mark fabric
  • sewing machine
  • iron
  • cutting and measuring stuffs

Step 2: Loop tip:

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I'm using a tea towel that I bought for the potholders. To form the loop, I decided to trim off the hem. It will fray very little and saves time - I won't have to sew any fabric for it!

Using thick ribbon is another great idea.

Step 3: Assembling.

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Place one of your cotton squares right side up on your work surface. Take a length of your loop fabric or ribbon (about 8 inches long) and attach it to one of your corners with a pin as seen in the picture.

Now, place your other cotton square on top of that one so that the right sides are together.

On top of those, place your towel square.

Pin all of these layers together and mark a 3-4 inch opening on one side. You will turn everything right side out through this opening.

(At this point, you can also turn it over so the fabric side is facing you and trim off any excess towel. Makes it easier to line up when sewing. - as seen in picture 4.)

Step 4: Sewing.

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You will have a 1/2 inch seam allowance.

The potholder is sewn terrycloth side up. Start at the lower marking of the opening and backstitch.

Continue all the way around, lifting the presser foot and turning at the corners so it's one continuous line. Stop when you get to the top marking of the opening and backstitch again.
Is it better to use wool instead of cotton? (Burn wise) Could you use an old wool sweater for the filling?
jessyratfink (author)  Very Interesting3 years ago
Definitely much better! An old wool sweater would be great.

But this was certainly a case of "I-need-something-and-I-have-these-horrible-towels" :)

I'm going to use towels too; just wondered about the sweaters. Thanks :)
ChrysN4 years ago
Nice, I could use some new potholders.
scoochmaroo4 years ago
Adorable. I use Insul-Bright in mine for extra heat-proofing.