How to Make Potholders

This tutorial on how to make potholders, is a very easy beginner sewing project. Potholders are something that I find just need to be replaced now and then. I do try to wash them, but even then, they never seem to be the same afterwards. So when I was shopping for fabric to cover my lampshades, I found this adorable nature print and purchased it too. I thought it would look great in the kitchen.

How to Make Potholders

Natural Print Bird Potholder ~ How to Make Potholders ~


I think this was also a drapery fabric remnant. It has a cute little frog and a couple of birds on it.

Insul-Bright ~ How to Make Potholders ~


1/4 – 1/3 yard of pretty cotton fabric
1/4 yard of cotton batting
1/4 yard of Insul-Bright
Matching or contrasting thread

Paper Template ~ How to Make Potholders ~

To make a simple template I used that old trick of taking a piece of 8 1/2 by 11 inch paper and folding over the bottom edge to the side. Cut off the remaining piece and you have a perfect 8 1/2 inch square.

Fabric frog & bird ~ How to Make Potholders ~

I cut out a piece with the frog and one with the bird. Then I cut out two more pieces from the background fabric.

Fabric Order - How to Make Potholders -

Here’s how you set it up for sewing.

1 Background or plain fabric right side up
2 Pretty side (frog or bird) right side down,
3 Cotton batting
4 Insul-bright, shiny side up.

Sew 1/2 seam allowance all around leaving two inches open for turning.

Turn the potholder right side out, by turning the first fabric (background print) right side out.

Fold the opening edge under and place a piece of binding tape (optional) just inside, and top-stitch a 3/8 seam on all four sides.

Then sew vertical lines about 1 1/2 inches apart along the entire potholder. I used the edge of my stitch plate as a guide to start me off, but you can really just eyeball this step.

Frog Potholder ~ How to Make Potholders ~

I used a cream colored thread, but I could have used a light brown which would have faded more into the background.

Another great gift idea? Something to match your friend’s, sister’s, mother’s …. new kitchen? Or, something to make with the many extra fabric swatches you have lying around. Time to put them to good use. 🙂


This tutorial on how to make potholders is a great beginner sewing project. With a few materials you can easily complete this diy in about one hour.

About Patti Estep

Patti is the creator of Hearth and Vine, a home and garden blog filled with projects to inspire your creative side. She loves crafting, gardening, decorating and entertaining at her home in Pennsylvania. When she is not working on a project at home or searching for treasures at nurseries and thrift stores with her girlfriends, you’ll probably find her with family and friends, at a restaurant, or home party enjoying new and different food adventures.

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  1. Earlene Ginter says:

    Yes,you can make potholders from anything,I have used mattress pads,old towels,jeans,for the inside,,also for the outside you can usjeans thhecenter of bathtowels,make big potholders to sit on the table for hot dishes,also haveusepreprinted fabric and top stiche around the motif.find things at thrift shops,for little bit of $, i quilte, and you cancan use use left over square thanks for all your hints,you inspire me to do things

  2. Hi Patti – I just wondered where you are located…I thought I read you were in the Pittsburgh PA area. I am in Weirton WV. I started a garden blog and would love you to take a look, although I’ve been under the weather a lot lately and haven’t been able to post as much as I’d like!

    I appreciate this post, as I am also a sewer/quilter!

    Ann Bailey

    • Hi Ann,

      It’s always great to meet another garden lover. And yes, I live just south of Pittsburgh in McMurray (Peters Township). Not far from Weirton at all. It did check out your blog and it looks like you are off to a great start.

      Feel free to email me with questions. I’m going on vacation but will get back in touch with you when I get back.

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