How To Make Potholders: DIY Potholder Tutorial

How To Make Potholders

Ever wondered how to make potholders? These DIY potholders are easy to make and you can customize them with your favorite fabric designs or colors.

DIY potholders make a great gift, especially for tweens or teens to make when they are learning to sew! My mom actually showed me the ones I made back in middle school when I visited her last summer—she has kept and cherished them for over 25 years!

How to make DIY Potholders

You will need:

  • 1/4 yard of your main cotton fabric (I got mine from Amazon)
  • 1/4 yard of your heat safe fabric like Insul-Bright or cotton batting (I got mine from Amazon)
  • 1/4 yard of your complimentary cotton fabric (I got mine from Amazon)
  • Washable fabric pen (I got mine from Amazon)
  • Rotary cutting mat set (I got mine from Amazon)
  • Scissors (I prefer pinking shears (I got mine from Amazon)
  • All-purpose thread
  • Wonder sewing clips (I got mine from Amazon)
  • Sewing machine (I got mine from Amazon)


Step 1:  Measure, mark and cut one 9â€x9†piece of your main, one piece of the 9â€x9†piece of your complimentary fabric, one 2â€x4†piece of either of the cotton fabrics and one 9×9 piece of heat safe or cotton batting.

Step 2: Fold your 2â€x4†in half and press. Next fold each side to touch the middle fold and press together and then fold in half and press. This will be your loop to hang your pot holder.

Step 3: Place one piece of your cotton fabric right sideup, place loop piece in one corner, with the raw edge facing the corner.

Step 4: Lay the second piece of cotton fabric on top of the first piece, but right side up.

Step 5: Lay the heat safe or cotton batting on top of the cotton fabric pieces.

Step 6: Pin your pieces together, leaving a 4†opening.

Step 7: Sew a 1/2†seam allowance around all four sides. Secure either side of the opening by going back and forth a few times. This will prevent it coming apart when you turn it.

Step 8: Clip each corner, but be careful to not snip into the stitching.

Step 9: Carefully turn the pot holder right side out.

Step 10:  Press all four sides. If you like, you can sew a 1/4†seam allowance around all four sides. This will also close the opening you created.

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Once you have the potholders finished, you can put them to use or wrap them up as a gift.

Enjoy this type of project? Check out our other DIY crafts like how to make a mesh wreath or this cute DIY Spring Flower Arrangement .

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