Sewing Tutorial: Make a Pair of Patchwork Potholders

Hang them up & display them, they’re so cute!

Add a pop of color to your kitchen with these bright patchwork potholders. Keep them within reach by hanging them on a hook using easy-to-install Dritz® eyelets. Now that’s the way to stay organized! Choose fun fabrics and make a set to keep and a set for a friend.

Sewing Tutorial: Make a Pair of Easy-Sew Patchwork Potholders

Dritz® supplies:

Omnigrid® supplies:

Other supplies:

  • 4 coordinating fabrics, cut to size (see Fabric Prep below)
  • 1 yard rickrack trim
  • Cotton quilt batting
  • Insulated lining/batting (such as Insul-Bright™)
  • Small cup
  • Pen
  • Washi tape

Fabric Prep (we used Cotton + Steel):

Fabric A (borders and backing):

  • 2pc: 1.5” x 6.5” strips for top & bottom borders
  • 2pc: 1.5”x 8.5” strips for side borders
  • 1pc: 9” x 9” for backing

Fabric B:

  • 4pc: 2.5” x 2.5” squares

Fabric C:

  • 4pc: 2.5” x 2.5” squares

Fabric D:

  • 1pc: 2.5” x 2.5” square for center

2pc: 9” x 9” cotton batting

1pc: 9” x 9” insulated lining/batting


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Pair of Patchwork Potholders

1) When cutting fabric for your patchwork squares, choose a fun print to fussy cut. Use washi tape to mark off 2.5” x 2.5” on your ruler so you can frame the image you want to showcase.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Pair of Patchwork Potholders (lay out your fabric)

2) Cut your fabric as described in Fabric Prep above and then arrange the 2.5” squares as desired.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Pair of Patchwork Potholders (lay out your fabric)

3) Place the squares right sides together and stitch with a ¼” seam allowance. Stitch three squares together in each row.

Press the seams to the right for the top row, the left for the middle row and the right for the bottom row. 


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Pair of Patchwork Potholders (seam of fabric)

4) Place the top row and the middle row right sides together. Nest the seams so that they meet and lay flat. Stitch with a ¼” seam allowance. Press the seam allowance towards the top row.

Stitch the bottom row to the middle row. Press seam allowance towards the bottom row.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Pair of Patchwork Potholders (sew strips to sides of patchwork)

5) Stitch the 1.5” x 6.5” border strips to the top and bottom of your patchwork. Press seam allowance towards the borders.

Stitch the 1.5” x 8.5” border strips to the sides of the patchwork. Press seam allowance towards the borders. 


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Pair of Patchwork Potholders

6) Lightly spray one side of both cotton batting pieces with basting spray. Place the patchwork panel on top of one of the cotton batting pieces. Quilt as desired. Trim to 8.5” x 8.5”.

Layer the insulated batting over the sprayed side of the remaining piece of cotton batting. Lightly spray insulated batting with basting spray. Place the backing fabric on top of the insulated batting. Quilt as desired. Trim to 8.5” x 8.5”.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Pair of Patchwork Potholders

7) To make the curved corners, place a small cup on each corner. Trace the curve and trim along the line you drew with scissors.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Pair of Patchwork Potholders (sewing on ric-rac)

8) Place rickrack trim along the edge of the backing piece as pictured. Stitch along the edge with a ⅛” seam allowance. Be sure that the raw ends of trim hang over the edge. Cut off ends once all rickrack is sewn.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Pair of Patchwork Potholders (sewing on ric-rac)

9) Place the patchwork and bottom pieces right sides together. Pin in place. Stitch around all sides with a ¼” seam allowance making sure to leave a 3.5” opening for turning. Backstitch at the beginning and end.

Clip the corners and turn fabric right side out. Push out the corners from the inside. 

Topstitch along all edges making sure to catch the side opening.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Pair of Patchwork Potholders (apply the Dritz grommet)

10) Apply the eyelet to the top right corner of the potholder. Trace the inner circle of the eyelet 1” in from the corner edge. Cut out the circle carefully through all of the layers. Follow the package instructions to apply eyelet.

(Want to know more about installing eyelets? Check out this tutorial on our website.)

Sewing Tutorial: Make a Pair of Patchwork Potholders (functional Dritz grommet to hang potholder)

The Dritz® eyelets really add a nice touch, don’t you think? They add function by providing a way to hang these in your kitchen. And we know you’ll want to show these off!

Big thanks to our friend Jennifer Mathis of Ellison Lane who designed and made these potholders for us. Jennifer is contributing regularly to our blog and we’re just loving her super cute projects – we hope you are, too! Check out all the projects she’s made for us here

 

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