Jacquelynne Steves

Quilted Potholder Tutorial

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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 :)


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    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!!

    • Robin Medley
      Posted August 26, 2019 at 8:51 pm | Permalink

      when does the Insul Bright go in to the potholder?

      • Kathy De
        Posted September 25, 2019 at 3:41 am | Permalink

        It’s the padding between the finished block and the back.

  • 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

  • Penny
    Posted August 5, 2014 at 11:36 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for sharing! I love stars and this will be a great gift idea.

    • Posted July 29, 2019 at 9:27 pm | Permalink

      I am so disappointed, I have tried several times to download the tutorial for the star potholder and I cannot get to it….just the comments. What am I missing?

  • Mary Casey
    Posted August 6, 2014 at 9:12 am | Permalink

    JUst a hint……use a zig-zag or fancy stitch on your machine to sew the back of the binding, easy and ‘Quick’……..(mistakes won’t show)

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted August 6, 2014 at 9:21 am | Permalink

      Thanks for the great tip, Mary!

  • Sue
    Posted August 13, 2014 at 10:17 am | Permalink

    I enjoy your website. You sound like a very happy person. Thank you for the patterns.

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted August 14, 2014 at 8:17 am | Permalink

      Well, you know Sue- some days are better than others! Ha ha. Thanks for taking the time to comment, I truly appreciate it!

  • Connie
    Posted August 13, 2014 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

    I love the quote from MaryBeth Chapman! Also wanted to let you know that I find old jeans work great for making potholders the right thickness without having to use Insulbright and they are still bendable. I use two layers of denim and very thin layer of batting in mine.The tutorial is very easy to follow.Nice Work!

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted August 14, 2014 at 8:18 am | Permalink

      Connie- recycling old jeans is a fabulous idea! Thanks for the tip!

  • Inge Simms
    Posted October 23, 2014 at 6:03 pm | Permalink

    Nice pattern, but if I might may a suggestion to make it even faster?? First add a 3/4″ or 1″ border to the front (and back if you like)
    Place 2 same-size fabric layers right sides together with the batting just cut a little shy on the top and sew all around (still catching the batting) leaving a turning opening.
    Turn all, close opening by hand, press and sew 1/4 inch all around if possible in the ditch.
    The End.
    I would omit the loop since no one has potholders hanging on hooks in the kitchen anymore. Most are in the 3rd drawer with the place mats, right?

  • Debbie
    Posted October 29, 2014 at 11:34 am | Permalink

    Thank you so much for sharing and the tutorial is awesome as well!!

  • Mabel
    Posted November 2, 2014 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the lovely Pot Holder directions, I will be making
    this for Christmas Gifts, thank you again for the lovely

  • Marjan
    Posted December 2, 2014 at 5:19 am | Permalink

    Thank you for this tutorial, I just have finished my first potholder!
    Greetings from Holland

  • Tammy Muscato
    Posted January 10, 2015 at 11:41 am | Permalink

    I just found this and I LOVE IT!! I have been looking for Weeks for the right Tutorial and the perfect pattern…I just found it! :) Thanks for posting this, these are going to be fun to make! Starting one now! You, my friend, are amazing! Enjoy your catch up sewing day! Couldn’t find how to follow and enjoy :( But still going to sew along haha :) Stay warm! Snowed in here in Michigan lol <3

  • Anonymous
    Posted January 18, 2015 at 8:58 am | Permalink

    Love it.looks so easy

  • Janis
    Posted March 5, 2015 at 10:03 pm | Permalink

    Great Tutorial!! Very clear and precise! Looking forward to making many of these, if not 100!
    Thanks so much!

  • Jan Jones
    Posted March 23, 2015 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

    I just made one of these potholders and it was very easy. Love the tutorial and it was so very helpful. Going to be making many more for Christmas gifts. Thanks for the pattern and the tutorial Jacquelynne.

  • Susan
    Posted March 27, 2015 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

    I was wondering if the material has to be cotton or can you use polyester, also? Beautiful Hot Pad.

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted March 27, 2015 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

      Hi Susan,
      I’m not sure if polyester would melt when in comes in contact with heat? I would recommend trying a small corner first to make sure, before you put the whole project together.

  • Linda
    Posted April 1, 2015 at 11:05 pm | Permalink

    Omg!! I can’t wait to try this!! Thank you for sharing

  • Posted May 13, 2015 at 5:37 am | Permalink

    This a great present for family members, I love the patterns and was easily followed for me as a novice, thank you for this.

  • Anonymous
    Posted June 15, 2015 at 10:24 pm | Permalink

    Very pretty. Just a hint to anyone making potholders. If you have old ironing board covers, the silver type, use a layer of it inside your potholder for protection. JoAnn Fabrics also sells it by the yard.

  • Posted November 21, 2015 at 5:56 pm | Permalink

    Just the reminder I needed for suitable size and how to do a separate hanging loop (not part of the binding fabric). Thank you :)

  • Judy
    Posted December 28, 2016 at 8:51 pm | Permalink

    Love the quilted potholder tutorial. I am new to quilting but want to get started with something fun…..

  • Adrienne
    Posted December 20, 2017 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

    Jacquelynne – You’re so generous. I appreciate it. Thank you.

  • Alice Smith
    Posted August 24, 2018 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

    Thank U. Pattern is very lovely.

  • Kay Welch
    Posted December 12, 2018 at 11:52 am | Permalink

    I am in the throes of making potholders for Christmas gifts, so your post is quite timely. The binding method is going to help me. Thank you
    Merry Christmas

  • Nancy Gibson
    Posted February 11, 2019 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

    Thank you so much for the tutorial. I am going to make sets I am thinking to include like 2 regular size potholders and then a larger one to actually set a hot pan on. Love your tutorials. Keep them coming.

    Posted May 16, 2019 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

    MERCI pour ce tuto. Je commence a vouloir faire du patchwork et je vais essayer. Cordialement

  • Jackie Brown
    Posted July 22, 2019 at 8:01 am | Permalink

    You make simple. I like that. Thanks for sharing your knowledge. Cant wait to make some

  • Jane O'Roark
    Posted August 12, 2019 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

    I seems to me this pattern also makes a cute mug rug or is a mug rug smaller?
    At any rate thank you for the cute pattern.

  • Darlene Ochodnicky
    Posted September 22, 2019 at 4:54 pm | Permalink

    I had just started making a Christmas pot holder and can’t wait to do this one. What a great way to make the star points. Thanks for sharing.

  • Sandra Sorensen
    Posted March 30, 2020 at 9:05 am | Permalink

    Where is the PDF version – I cannot watch a tutorial and work at my machine – I need a printable version so I can take it to my sewing area and do this – PLEASE SEND PDF versions of all the free patterns to the email below. I just joined and am still learning how to do this

    • Posted March 30, 2020 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

      PDF version is available – just click on the words that say “Click here for a PDF of this tutorial”. Pretty easy – just read!!

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