Disclaimer: I did not create this pattern.
Step 1: Gather Your Materials
- Scraps of cotton or linen fabric
- Lightweight cotton quilt batting
- Thermal batting (Insul-bright)
- Bias tape maker and wonder clips
- Coordinating thread.
- Rotary cutter & rotary mat
- Sewing ruler
Step 2: Cutting/Prepping Fabric
- Cut two 9" squares from fabric
- Cut two 9"x6 1/2" rectangles from fabric
- Cut one 9" square from thermal batting
- Cut one 9" square and one 9"x6 1/2" rectangle from quilt batting
- Cut and make 1/2" double-fold bias binding about 45" long (2" wide when unfolded)
Step 3: Putting Pieces Together
- Place squares of fabric wrong sides together.
- Sandwich the squares of thermal batting and quilt batting between the layers.
- Quilt through all layers by sewing horizontal lines, spaced about 1 1/2" apart, across the width of the potholder.
Step 4: Putting Pieces Together
- Place smaller rectangles of fabric wrong sides together.
- Sandwich the rectangle of quilt batting between the layers.
- Quilt through all the layers by sewing horizontal lines, spaced 1 1/2" apart
This is the pocket piece
Step 5: Make Sides Even
- Trim uneven edges of quilted pieces using a rotary cutter.
Step 6: Adding Binding
- Add bias binding to one long edge of the pocket piece
- Place one raw edge of the bias binding right sides together with the pocket edge.
- Stitch with a 1/2" seam allowance, in the first fold of the binding.
- Press binding up
Step 7: Sewing the Binding
- Fold the binding over and line up the folded edge on the back of the pocket so that it covers the stitching line from the front and extends about 1/8" beyond it. Clip it or pin it in place.
- On the front side of the pocket, stitch in the ditch (where the seams meet), catching the back side of the binding in the stitching.
- It would be best to hand-stitch the back side of the binding, to get the straight line on the binding.
Step 8: Putting Pocket and Potholder Piece Together
- Place the pocket on the square potholder piece and pin it in place.
- Begin sewing the binding to the top left corner of the pot holder, right sides together as you did on the pocket.
- At each corner, stop and fold the fabric 90 degrees and tuck it under the presser foot.
- Slowly make a couple stitches catching the folded corner
- Leave the needle down and pivot the potholder
- Move the binding so that you don't catch any extra layers as you round the corner.
- Continue sewing the binding until you reach the first corner.
- Stop and backstich right at the edge of the first line of binding.
Step 9: Forming the Ends
- Trim the corners
- Press and fold the binding to the back, lining up the edge about 1/8" past the line of binding stitching, as you did with the pocket.
- Trim the beginning of the binding to meet the edge of the potholder
- Trim the end, leaving a 6" tail.
- Tuck the beginning edge into the tail binding.
- Fold the end of the the binding tail around and tuck it in the corner to form a loop
Step 10: Sewing the Binding
In this part you can either hand-stitch the back of the binding or use the machine to sew.
If you machine stitch:
- Topstitch along the folded edges of the tail and tuck it back in
- Machine stitch on the front of the potholder, in the ditch, all the way around.
- Try to stop and make nice tucks in the corner as you go, or hand-stitch the back of the binding using a ladder stitch
You can also tack the corners with little hand stitches too
When you get to the loop, hand-stitch all of the loose ends including the inside of the loop
Step 11: Finished Product
Enjoy the finished product!!