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Pocket Potholder Tutorial


Easy Pocket Potholder Tutorial- Jacquelynne Steves

I tell ya- I cannot believe how popular my previous potholder tutorial has been! People must really need potholders!! Of course, potholders are fun, quick to make, and they are a really nice little gift. You can make someone a super-cute and useful gift in no time at all, plus they’re great for using your scraps. Sooooooo….. here is a different pocket potholder tutorial for you. This one is nice and big and it has a pocket, so you can fit your hand inside and easily grip hot-stuff.

easy potholder tutorial- Jacquelynne Steves



(If you missed the previous potholder tutorial, just click here.)



…and now, on to today’s tutorial…..

(Click here for a printable PDF of this tutorial.)

You have 2 options for this project. You can make a block first, like the one shown at the bottom of the photo, or, if you’re in a hurry or just want a simpler project, you can just use a square of any pretty fabric for the front of the potholder (as shown in the potholder at the top of the photo.)

To make the Pot Holder, you will need:

Fabric A- This can be a quilt block approximately 7” unfinished size (see materials and instructions below.) Or, for a really quick project, skip making the block and just substitute a piece of fabric which is 7 1/4” square

Fabric B- 7 1/4” square for lining fabric (this will never show, so use whatever scrap you have on hand)

Fabric C- 7 1/4” x 10 1/2”- this will be your other main fabric

Fabric D- 7 1/4” x 10 1/2” – this will be the back of the potholder

Fabric E- for binding and loop:

  • 2 3/4” x 44” for binding (if using fat quarters, just piece a couple of strips together to get enough length)
  • 1 1/2” x 4 1/2” piece for loop.

Thread for quilting and topstitching the binding and loop

Batting- 2 pieces. (7 1/4” x 10 1/2” AND a 7 1/4” square).  For making pot holders, I recommend using Insul-Bright.insulbright for potholder- Jacquelynne Steves

To make the block (as listed above), you will need:

Yellow- 2 squares, 3 1/2”

Green- 2 squares, 3 1/2”

Red- 2 squares, 3 1/8”

Blue- 1 square, 3 1/2”

White- 1 square, 3 1/2”

Print for center- 1 square, 2 3/4”

To make the block (if you are making the simple version, just skip this part):

Cut the Red squares in half diagonally, to make a total of 4 triangles:


Place the White and Blue squares RIGHT sides together. Draw a line diagonally down the center, then draw a line 1/4” from center line on each side. Pin together. Sew on the “side lines,” then cut on center line.


how to make HST- Jacquelynne Steves

You will have 2 White/Blue HSTs.  Press the seams toward the Blue.


Cut the squares down the center to make 4 triangles like this:


Sew a White/Blue triangle to each Red triangle. Press seam toward Red:


Place a Yellow square and a Green square RIGHT sides together. Repeat with remaining Yellow and Green squares. Following the same method we used with the White and Blue squares we used above, make 4 HSTs like this (press seams toward Yellow). Trim the Yellow/Green HSTs to 2 3/4”.


Arrange the squares into rows like this and sew together:Potholder_JacquelynneSteves_E

Sew the rows together so you have a block like this:


Your block will be about 7 1/4” unfinished size.

Now it’s time to make the potholder:

Make a square “sandwich” – Place Fabric B (lining) RIGHT SIDE DOWN on table. Top with square piece of batting, then place Fabric A (quilt block OR square piece of fabric) on top, RIGHT SIDE UP. Pin or spray baste the layers together.


Make a rectangular “sandwich”- Place Fabric D RIGHT SIDE DOWN on table. Top with rectangle piece of batting, then place Fabric C on top, RIGHT SIDE UP. Pin or spray baste the layers together.


Now we will quilt each “sandwich.” You need to do this to be sure that the layers stay together throughout machine washing (potholders tend to get dirty!!) You can free motion quilt them, or you can just sew some lines on them about 1 to 1 1/2” apart (a walking foot on your machine is good for this. You can either draw the lines on with a washout marker or chalk, or just “eyeball” it.) For my quilt block, I just sewed about 1/8” on either side of the seams. For the simple potholder, I did free-motion loops. For both of the potholders, I sewed diagonal lines on the rectangle sandwich using my walking foot.



The quilting process will make the pieces “shrink” a bit. Trim away any excess batting or backing fabric, and trim the pieces so that they are the same width (the length doesn’t really matter.)


Make the loop- press the fabric in half lengthwise, RIGHT SIDES OUT. The press the edges in toward the center line. Top stitch right along edge (as close as you can get to the edge.)



Make the binding- Fold and press the binding strip in half lengthwise RIGHT SIDES OUT.

Cut a strip of binding 7” long (or whatever the width of your quilted square is.). Pin the raw edge of the binding so that it is aligned with one raw edge of the quilted square. Sew.

Potholder_JacquelynneSteves_PPress the binding away from the square. Fold it to back of square and pin in place. Topstitch right “in the ditch” of your seam.

Potholder_JacquelynneSteves_QPlace the quilted square and rectangle together, so that the square and main fabric C are both facing up. Machine baste about 1/8” from raw edge (do not baste the edge that already has binding.)


Potholder_JacquelynneSteves_SBaste on the loop 1/8” from raw edge, about 3/8” from corner.

Potholder_JacquelynneSteves_TPin and sew the binding strip all around the edges of the potholder.

Potholder_JacquelynneSteves_UPress the binding away from the potholder. Fold around to the back and pin in place. Topstitch “in the ditch.”

Potholder_JacquelynneSteves_VIf you would like, hand stitch the edge of the binding to the back of the potholder (the topstitching will hold it all together through machine washings, but the hand stitching on the back makes it look nice and finished.)



Your potholder is done! Isn’t it the prettiest potholder you’ve ever seen???

Lovely Day Tulip Art- Jacquelynne Steves


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    Posted May 12, 2015 at 6:59 pm | Permalink

    These potholders are so cute. Thanks for sharing.

  • Susan
    Posted May 12, 2015 at 7:00 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the great tute!

  • Posted May 12, 2015 at 7:02 pm | Permalink

    This is perfect for orphan or practice blocks! and a great scrap buster. Thank you!

    • Anonymous
      Posted May 13, 2015 at 6:52 am | Permalink

      That’s what I was thinking!

  • Alma
    Posted May 12, 2015 at 7:57 pm | Permalink

    Brilliant tutorial. Thank you.

  • karen woodhull
    Posted May 12, 2015 at 8:17 pm | Permalink

    Thank you so much! I am really enjoying your blog!!

  • Alicia Key
    Posted May 12, 2015 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

    Odd that you mention a “food truck festival”! We’d never heard of it until a local fellow planned one, and he even bought a food truck himself! The Grand Opening locally is scheduled for May 23! Can’t wait to see what it’s all about because surely one can’t eat at every food truck@

  • Kathy
    Posted May 12, 2015 at 9:38 pm | Permalink

    I think this a real cute project and it looks so easy. Thanks.

  • Pamela
    Posted May 12, 2015 at 11:22 pm | Permalink

    I love it! Thank You!

  • Ann
    Posted May 13, 2015 at 7:42 am | Permalink

    This is great, I love anything that helps me use up my scraps and is still useful. Thanks so much!!

  • Judy
    Posted May 13, 2015 at 1:03 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the potholder pattern and tutorial. I have made three of your previous potholder and gave two away but kept the one for myself that was made out of your fabric. I think we tend to hang onto our potholders longer than we should and so having an easy pattern to make new ones in fabric we love becomes the inspiration to replace them.

  • Priscilla
    Posted October 6, 2015 at 12:36 am | Permalink

    Christmas IS right around the corner and I am making potholders and place mats for all my friends! Will you please make a placemat tutorial, too? As ALWAYS be blessed!!

  • JoAnne
    Posted April 2, 2016 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

    Your projects are delightful and I love them all Thank you for sharing so many.


  • Posted January 29, 2018 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

    Hello, I”m making the pocket potholder. I”m about to join the square and the extra piece but don’t see instructions for it to be joined. Where do I sew the two pieces together? I have the piece of binding on. Thank you. Pauline

  • Dianne Freer
    Posted October 7, 2018 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for sharing! They are so cute and your instructions so Great. Have a great Holiday.

    Posted May 10, 2019 at 5:57 am | Permalink

    Super i dont speak English but with photo je me débrouille. thank you

  • Victoria Patterson
    Posted August 30, 2019 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

    Absolutely love your potholders. I made some of the first one for my neighbors with holiday fabrics and they loved them. I used fabric with holiday dogs on them for the feature square for my dog loving neighbors as well. I am looking forward to making some of these.

  • Shirley Ehly
    Posted November 20, 2019 at 3:29 pm | Permalink

    Hi Jacquelynn,
    I am fairly new to your site. Have you ever made bowl protectors and can you use them in the microwave? A lady on Facebook made them for microwave use and it caught on fire while heating. Are they really meant for microwaves? Worries me so I do not make them. Thank you for listening to my message!

  • Posted February 12, 2020 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

    Hello. Thank you sew much for sharing.
    Quite new. But believe I can do them.

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