Jacquelynne Steves

Quilted Potholder Tutorial

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.)

quilted potholder tutorial

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….)

Click here for a PDF of this tutorial.

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)


quilted potholder tutorial insulated batting warm company


Start by cutting the green square into quarters diagonally, then repeat with the orange squares:

quilted potholder tutorial

quilted potholder tutorial


Sew an orange triangle to each yellow square:

quilted potholder tutorial


Then sew another orange triangle to the other side. Cut off those little “dog ears”:

quilted potholder tutorial


Sew 2 of these units to opposite sides of your focal print square:

quilted potholder tutorial


Sew a green triangle to opposite sides of the remaining 2 yellow square units:

quilted potholder tutorial


Sew the large triangle units to opposite sides of the focal print unit to make a block (approximately 8 1/2″):

quilted potholder tutorial


Layer the backing (right side down), the batting, and the block together:

quilted potholder tutorial


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:

quilted potholder tutorial


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):

quilted potholder tutorial


Fold in half lengthwise again and top stitch along edge:

quilted potholder tutorial


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…)

quilted potholder tutorial


Now we are going to talk about the binding. Fold the strip in half lengthwise with right sides out and press. Fold in one of the short ends diagonally and press:
quilted potholder tutorial binding
Pin binding to one edge of potholder and sew as shown below:
quilted potholder tutorial
Fold the strip up:
quilted potholder tutorial binding
Then fold it down, like this, and pin. Stitch along edge, starting and stopping 1/4″ from corners:
quilted potholder tutorial binding
(Remember the photo of the loop from above? Here it is again. Just sew the binding right over the raw end of the loop, being careful not to catch the folded end of the loop in your binding.)
quilted potholder tutorial
Continue sewing binding all the around the potholder. When you come back to the first side, trim the binding so that it fits inside the folded starting end of the binding. Sew along edge to finish binding.
quilted potholder tutorial
Fold the binding to the back of the potholder and pin in place. Machine stitch “in the ditch” along the seam. (You can also hand stitch the binding on the back, but machine stitching will hold up better to repeated washings. It’s also faster- and we like that.)
quilted potholder tutorial
quilted potholder tutorial
Ta-da! Potholder completed. Now go make 100 more. Christmas is coming……
P.S. If you found this tutorial helpful, please share it with your friends! Handy-dandy and convenient buttons are below. THANK YOU- I appreciate your sharing this :)


  • Joan
    Posted September 13, 2013 at 11:14 am | Permalink

    Great tutorial! Thank you for sharing.

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted September 15, 2013 at 7:25 pm | Permalink

      You’re welcome, Joan. I hope you enjoy making them :)

  • Posted September 13, 2013 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

    cute! love the fabric!!

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted September 15, 2013 at 7:25 pm | Permalink

      Thanks, Sandy. They make great Christmas gifts!

  • Judy
    Posted September 14, 2013 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

    You must be reading my mind. I just bought some Insul-Bright and had this potholder in mind to make. I even have fabric from your fruitful hands fabric line to use.

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted September 15, 2013 at 7:26 pm | Permalink

      Well, I guess you better start making some, ha ha!!

  • Jacque (aka Snoodles)
    Posted September 14, 2013 at 9:49 pm | Permalink

    I loved this the first time, and glad to see it again and get inspired all over again! So pretty!

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted September 15, 2013 at 7:27 pm | Permalink

      Hi Jacque, I decided to re-post it on my new blog because it has been super-popular over at Craftsy- some days over 2000 downloads of the pattern!!!

  • Patricia
    Posted September 16, 2013 at 8:05 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for sharing the tutorial on the potholder. It gave me the inspiration to sewing again and

  • Patricia
    Posted September 16, 2013 at 8:06 pm | Permalink

    OOPS, that last post wasn’t finished!!! I plan to make potholders for Christmas gifts!

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted September 17, 2013 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

      Yay! I’m so glad Patricia! It’s a small project so you should be able to get it done quickly and feel really good about your accomplishment!

  • Theresa Word
    Posted September 23, 2013 at 10:21 am | Permalink

    I have made 3 of these potholders so far. I am enjoying everything except the binding! I just can’t seem to get it flipped over and even enough to stitch in the ditch!

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted September 23, 2013 at 10:56 am | Permalink

      Hi Theresa! The back of mine don’t look perfect either! You could hand stitch them, but that takes a long time and it’s not as secure as machine stitching. Maybe you could try cutting the binding strip just a little wider? Do you think that might help?

  • Posted September 23, 2013 at 4:44 pm | Permalink

    So charming, and just in time for fall. My readers at FaveQuilts would love this! : )


    • Jacquelynne
      Posted September 24, 2013 at 11:40 am | Permalink

      Thank you, Kathryn! I appreciate your compliment :)

  • ileana rivera araya
    Posted December 5, 2013 at 2:06 pm | Permalink

    me encanta con la claridad del proceso para hacer algo tan bonito. Muchas gracias

  • Posted December 6, 2013 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

    I’m Just learning to quilt and I can’t wait to try this.

  • Susan Galbreath
    Posted December 27, 2013 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    Where do I get your fabric?

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted December 27, 2013 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

      Hi Susan,
      I do not have a list of shops who carry my fabric, as that end is handled by the manufacturer. However, you can do a Google search and find many online shops who carry it. I also have some in my online shop. If you don’t see what you’re looking for let me know, I have some things here which are not listed in my shop

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