I wasn’t planning on re-posting this Quilted Potholder Tutorial right now, but it’s been so popular over on my Craftsy page, I thought I would share it again (it originally appeared on my old blog.) And if you like this project, please check out my free Block of Month, which is going on right now! You can still catch up! Click here for information.
Today we are going to make a potholder! I will show you how to make this particular block, but you can use this method to make a potholder out of any of your favorite blocks (Hint- this is a great way to use up orphan blocks or test blocks that you may have laying around. Because seriously, do you really need another pillow? Me neither….)
For this project, I used my fabric line Fruitful Hands (Henry Glass Fabrics).
All seam allowances are 1/4″. Here is what you will need:
- 4 1/4″ square of focal print (keep in mind that if it is directional, like mine, the square should be cut on the bias)
- 1 – 3 7/8″ square- green polka dot
- 2 – 3 7/8″ squares- orange
- 4 – 3 1/8″ squares- yellow
- 2″ wide by approximately 42″ long strip of striped fabric for binding
- 1 1/2″ x 4″ green polka dot (for loop)
- 9″ square backing fabric (I used the focal print)
- 9″ square insulated batting (from The Warm Company, see photo below)
Start by cutting the green square into quarters diagonally, then repeat with the orange squares:
Sew an orange triangle to each yellow square:
Then sew another orange triangle to the other side. Cut off those little “dog ears”:
Sew 2 of these units to opposite sides of your focal print square:
Sew a green triangle to opposite sides of the remaining 2 yellow square units:
Sew the large triangle units to opposite sides of the focal print unit to make a block (approximately 8 1/2″):
Layer the backing (right side down), the batting, and the block together:
Your backing and batting will be slightly larger than the block. Pin or spray baste layers together.
Quilt as desired. I just “stitched in the ditch”, in other words, right along the seam lines. Trim away excess batting and backing:
To make the loop, press the piece of fabric in half lengthwise, then open up and press the raw edges toward the center fold (right sides out):
Fold in half lengthwise again and top stitch along edge:
Fold in half and sew to top edge of front of potholder (I forgot to take a photo before I started sewing on the binding, so you can see the binding there. Just ignore that for now. Just sew that loop on. So sorry…)