Quick pot holders/hot pads how to

February 19, 2010 at 6:23 pm 5 comments

There are fancier, prettier pot holder patterns out there. But probably not any easier ones. These are made with material that makes them safe enough to use to pull something out of the oven, and heat-insulated enough to protect your countertops from hot pots and pans. You can crank several of these out in an hour, and they make great gifts. Plus, they are the perfect project to use up your fabric remnants.

Easy, practical

Items you will need: Sewing machine, fabric, insul-bright, quilt batting.

First, decide how large you want your potholders to be. It depends on what you want to use them for. I’ve made some that are about 5 inches square, with the intent to use them to protect countertops from hot plates. I have also made them 9 inches square to use to pull things out of the oven.

Cut your fabric, insul-bright (special fabric that is heat resistant), and quilt batting to the same size, between 5-10 inches square.

For each pot holder, you will need 2 squares of fabric, 1 square of insul-bright and 1 square of  batting. (I used warm and natural all cotton batting)

Put one of the fabric squares, right side down, in front of you. Layer one batting square on top, followed by one insul-bright square. Sew around all edges. When finished, lay second fabric square right side up, and place new layered square on top, fabric side down. Sew around all edges, leaving about 1.5 inches to turn the project right side out. Turn right side out, sew closed. Add additional quilting to the outside – either a second square around the perimeter, an X, lines – whatever your heart desires.

And you’re done!


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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. nanci  |  February 20, 2010 at 6:39 am

    I should make this! I have lots of scraps to make these.

    Thanks for visiting my blog. I note you haven’t put an email address on your site. Sometimes it’s handy.

  • 2. gluefingers  |  February 20, 2010 at 10:28 am

    These would be really great with scraps of vintage fabric.
    I went to an estate sale a few weeks ago and got a ton of it. The previous home owner was a seamstress. How lucky =)

  • 3. Rachel  |  February 28, 2010 at 8:29 am

    If you are choosing to or have to be very frugal instead of using the insu-bright fabric I recomend you use fleace fabric cut several layers and then slip stich or bond web the layers together then put on you outer covers and make bias binding to go round the edges works a treat. thanks for kick starting my brain going to go and make some this afternoon,
    all the best

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My name is Mallory Murray and I have a love of all things oldfashioned. I'm a modern day feminist who also adores Martha Stewart. Read on for my sewing, crochet, cooking, gardening, quilting and crafting projects. I am the chief officer of marketing and design at Northwest Missouri State University, so expect the occasional random post about marketing/universities/design. I dream of a hobby farm with baby doll sheep, a sheep dog, a small flock of chickens, and other animals to be announced. I'm also a Pitt State grad, football lover, HGTV addict and obsessed with the color aqua.

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