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November Quick Make – Pot holders

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I still had a little of the fabric left over from the apron I made back in September, and looking around the kitchen I realised that I didn’t have any pot holders, just a pair of oven gloves. What better way to use up the last of my apple-themed fabric!

You will need:

18 cm x 18 cm piece of cotton fabric. Canvas would work well as it is thick. I used by apple fabric.
About 80 cm of bias binding. I used ready-made, left over from my apron project, but you could made your own too. There is a good tutorial from Colette Patterns on how to made your own.
18 cm x 18 cm wadding
18 cm x 18 cm towelling fabric or an old towel


1. Cut out your pieces of cotton fabric, towelling and wadding.

Pot holder 1

2. Mark the quilting lines on the cotton fabric with a fabric pen, pencil or tailor’s chalk. The apple print has a definite up and down to the print so I placed my lines diagonally across my fabric. I placed the lines the width of my ruler apart just to make things easy.

Pot holder 2

3. Next, pin the three layers together with the cotton fabric on top, followed by the wadding and then the towelling.

4. Stitch the three layers together using the diagonal lines you marked earlier as your guide.

Pot holder 3

5. Next, attach the bias binding. Open out the bias binding and attach it to the wrong (towelling) side of your pot holder. Stitch in place. I found that it was possible to make neat corners by just curving them.

Pot holder 4

6. Leave an overhang of about 6 centimetres on the fourth side of the pot holder to create a loop for the pot holder.

7. Trim the edges of the pot holder. This will make it easier to fold over the bias binding to the right side (cotton fabric). I trimmed away at the towelling, wadding and cotton fabric, but left the bias binding intact. Trim the corners well too.

7. Fold over the bias binding and pin in place. Stitch the bias binding in place from the right side.

8. For the loop, sew the two sides of the bias binding together and then loop it to the wrong side of the pot holder. Hand stitch the loop in place.

Pot holder 6

And there we have it, a pot holder for the kitchen! I think I might manage to squeeze another two from my apple fabric.

Pot holder - finished

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