Picture of Sew your own potholders!

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!

Step 1: What you'll need:

Picture of What you'll need:
  • 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
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.