Every year, I post something holiday gift related. This year, I have another fun and easy handmade gift idea for you: quilted potholders! I have made quite a few of these for friends, family, craft sales and myself. I have a very well-loved (i.e. a little food stained) potholder in my kitchen that I use everyday, so these potholders are pretty and functional!
These potholders are quilted, have a pocket and loop and are finished with binding. Since the way I do the binding is best explained visually, I’ve included a couple of videos for this tutorial. Part 1 shows how I do the quilting and has tips for marking lines, using a walker foot and more. Part 2 shows how to do the binding and has tips for binding the pocket, attaching the loop, getting the nice mitered edges and pinning.
- 1/4 yard cotton fabric
- 1/4 yard of Insul-Bright insulated batting
- 1 1/2 yard of binding– I say 1 yard in the video but you need more like 1 1/2 yard, I was forgetting to calculate the extra for the pocket and the loop.
- Walker-foot (optional)
Finished potholder dimensions are 8″x8″
- Cut out 2 8″x8″ and 2 6 1/2″x8″ pieces from your fabric.
- Cut out 1 8″x8″ and 1 6 1/2″x8″ pieces from your Insul-Bright. If you are using a different brand of insulated batting you may need two layers.
- With right sides facing out, sandwich the insulated batting between your fabric. (see Potholder Tutorial Video Part 1)
- Quilt the fabric (see Potholder Tutorial Video Part 1)
- Bind the pocket (see Potholder Tutorial Video Part 2)
- Attach the loop (see Potholder Tutorial Video Part 2)
- Pin on the pocket and bind the potholder (see Potholder Tutorial Video Part 2)
These are my first video attempts and I would love to say that these were “quick little videos”, but that wouldn’t be true at all. This is all new to me, so there has definitely been a learning curve. Like I always say, if you wait for everything to be perfect, nothing will ever get done. So I am putting these out there, knowing that I will improve as I do it. You have to do something to get good at it! I already have so many ideas for the how I want to do things differently next time (like show my face). 😉
I hope you all enjoy these and can learn from them. If you make a potholder from this tutorial I would love to see it. In the meantime, have a Happy Holiday everyone!