Hanging Potholder Towel

About: This was my boyfriends account but I'm the crafty one, so im taking it over :-). my name is Keri and I currently attend college to study Fashion Design. I love sewing and crafting and have been doing it sinc...
In this Instructable I will be showing you how to make a hanging tea towel, with a potholder top. You will need:

  • Half a yard of fabric. Choose something like cotton or linen, so the fabric will not melt when you use your potholder on all those hot pots
  • Half a yard of batting
  • Tea Towel
  • A Button
  • Sew on Velcro
  • Thread
  • Sewing Machine
  • A pattern for the top of your towel

Step 1: Cut It Out

Use the pattern to cut out two pieces of your cotton fabric as well as two pieces of the batting

Step 2: Sewing the Potholder

Place the two fabric pieces right sides together then place them in between the two pieces of batting and sew all pieces together, leaving a 5/8" seam allowance. Cut curves and flip right side out.

Step 3: Preparing the Towel

Take the tea towel and either:

1) Use the sewing machine to make a gather stitch on the top of the towel. Gather the tea towel until it fits inside of the potholder.


2) Fold the edges toward the back until it fits inside of the potholder.

Place towel edges inside the two selvage edges of the potholder about 1/2in inside, or along the stitchline of the gathered edge. Fold the selvage edges of the potholder to the inside a half an inch as well. Pin and edge stitch along the fold.

Step 4: Checkpoint

At this point your project should look something like this

Step 5: Finishing Touches

Fold the top of the potholder over to the top to measure where to put the Velcro. Mark where Velcro will be placed and sew Velcro on through the top layer of fabric.

Once Velcro is added, sew a button on top, just for looks :-)

Step 6: Done!!

Now you'll always have a pretty, multipurpose hanging towel for you, mom, or whoever :-)



    • Trash to Treasure

      Trash to Treasure
    • Paper Contest

      Paper Contest
    • Organization Contest

      Organization Contest



    5 years ago on Introduction

    I have been looking for a pattern like this for such a long time! The only thing I have been able to find one using a hand-made octagon potholder attached to a towel. I did not mind sewing the potholders, but it was more like quilting, and I am not a quilter. I barely know how to sew. Your pattern is absolutely WONDERFUL!! Thank you for sharing it with us!