We spend a lot of time baking here at A Spoonful of Sugar. As a result our oven mitts and pot holders get well used and regularly need to be replaced. I have been working on a new quilt this week and wanted a quick project to work on. Pot Holders fit the bill perfectly!
Pot holders are a quick and fun sewing project, perfect for a beginner. They make a great little gift for baking lovers. If you would like to make a pot holder, here are some instructions on how to make an easy circular pot holder, with pockets for your hand. It includes a layer of Insul Brite batting for extra insulation and protection.
Finished size – 7 1/2 inches in diameter.
- 5 fat quarters of quilting cotton
- quilt batting
- insul bright batting
- crocheted trim (optional)
- decorative patch (optional)
Using a compass (or a side plate) and draw a circle that is 8 inches in diameter onto cardboard. This will become your template.
Using the circle template, cut
- circle in Fabric 1, Fabric 2, Fabric 3 and Fabric 4
- 2 circles of quilt batting. Cut one circle in half.
- 1 circle in insul bright batting
Cut two rectangles measuring 2 1/4 inches x 8 inches from Fabric 5 (for the binding)
Press the two of the circles in half with the wrong sides facing. Place a semi circle of batting inside each of these circles.
To create a binding strip, press the fabric rectangles in half lengthwise. Unfold and fold the edges in the centre, and press. Fold in half so that you have a binding strip that measures 8 inches x 9/16 inch.
Pin the binding strip to the inside edge of the semi circles and stitch in place. (Optional – add a piece of lace to the edge of the semi circle and stitch in place with the binding).
Position the two semi circles, on top of the pot holder lining and pin in place. Stitch around the outside of the pot holder using a basting stitch and a scant seam allowance. Press.
Layer the backing circle on top of the batting and insul bright circles. Pin together and then quilt layers together.
Pin the pot holder front and back together with the right sides facing. Stitch around the outside of the pot holder leaving a 4 inch gap on one side for turning. Clip curves. Turn pot holder out the right way through the opening. Hand stitch the opening closed using a ladder stitch. Press. (Optional: Hand stitch a label to the front of the pot holder).
Note: We store our oven mitts and pot holders in a kitchen drawer so don’t need a hanging loop. If you would like to attach a hanging loop, cut a piece of twill tape that is 4 inches in length. Fold in half and insert into the seam when you are stitching the front and back together.
Our Heart Pot Holder Pattern is one of our most popular sewing tutorials. The techniques used in this tutorial are very similar to those used in the Heart Pot Holder. There are more step by step photos on the Heart Pot Pattern, so check out that post if you need more photos to help with construction. The template for the Heart Pot Holder has recently been updated, thanks to a lovely reader Kathryn Humes. You can find the updated template here.