Wednesday 7 August 2013

Kitchen Pot Holder Tutorial

Hi everyone! After sharing my finished oven mitt and matching pot holder I made using Bake Sale fabric and some trusty Pam Kitty Love the other day I received a message from one of my blog readers saying she wanted to re-create a pot holder for herself, so I'm here today to give you a tutorial so you can all make one! :) It uses the Ohio Star block pattern for the top and measures 8" square, a perfect size to hold a range of saucepan's or just look pretty in your kitchen! (which is what mine will be used for as I didn't have any Insul-bright for the inside!).
1. Cut the following;
(1) 3 1/4" square - centre piece
(4) 3 1/4" square - background
(2) 4" square - background
(2) 4" square - coordinating fabric for star

(1) 40" x 2" - binding
(1) 8" x 2" - loop
(1) 8.5" square - backing fabric
(1) 8.5" Insul-bright square

2. Cut each of your 4" squares in half, corner to corner. Repeat on the other diagonal so you have 16 quarter square triangle units.
3. Begin sewing your unit's together (along the shorter side of the triangle). Alternate the fabric print (e.g. sew 8 pink cherries on the left, then sew the 8 units with the pink cherries to the right).
4. Now sew your triangle units together, notice now the fabric print's are opposite each other ;)
5. Once you have your 4 quarter square triangle units sewn together, lay your block out as shown below (well, not quite - please note the incorrect unit placement on the bottom! This should be turned to the side, as the top one is).
6. Sew your units to make 3 rows. Then sew your rows together to create your Ohio Star block.
7. Lay your backing fabric face down, then Insul-bright wadding with the pot holder top, face up - and pin in place using quilter's curved safety pins.
 8. Quilt your pot holder top as desired. I machine quilted mine with a walking foot. Square up your block and trim excess. 
 9. For the hanging loop, just make this as you would for regular binding, then fold it again in  half lengthways and sew down the edge. Pin to the corner of the backing fabric.
10. Pin your binding in place and sew. (If you're unsure about binding there's plenty of help on the web, or try Jeni B's tutorial here).
11. Fold over and pin the binding in place to the back of the pot holder (your hanging loop should now be visible). I like to hand sew all of my binding's as it doesn't take very long and, personally I like the look of it much better to machine sewing. 
I hope you liked the tutorial! If you have any questions, please drop me a message. I'd love to see your finished pot holders, feel free to post them on my Sew and Quilt facebook page or add them to the Flickr group (all fabrics available at Sew and Quilt) Jessie, xo


  1. So cute! I love it!. Thanks so much for sharing a tutorial!

  2. Really very nice potholders!!! So sweet and summery :) J.

  3. These are just beautiful <3 Thank you so much for the tute!
    Smiles, DianeM

  4. So so gorgeous, going to make some of these. Thanks for the fab tute! xo

  5. I love it. Thank you for the tuto!

  6. Such pretty pot holders. Thanks for the tutorial.

  7. Love them!! I want to make some too!!

  8. These are so lovely - thanks for the tutorial, going to bookmark it and add it to me "really-would-love-to-make" List!

  9. So sweet and pretty!! Thanks for sharing!! xo Heather

  10. Very pretty - almost too pretty to use!!

  11. i love your ad on the inside cover of "quilting and patchwork" mag ! it is delicious . you should get lots of orders from that..
    love susan x

  12. These are so cute! Thanks for the tutorial

  13. Great tutorial!! They are adorable.


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