Gift Inspiration Day Ten: Folded Pot Holder


Are you looking for a hostess gift?  Maybe a little something extra to stuff in a stocking?  Something for your kids’ teachers?  How about a small gift to keep on hand for unexpected guests?  Della has the perfect gift…a folded pot holder with recipe cards and spatula.  So cute!

Pocket Potholder Tutorial

Finished size:  8″ square.  All seams are ¼”.


(2) ¼ yard cuts of fabric

¼ yard of Insul-Bright

Scrap of batting approximately 9″ x 15″


Cut (1) 9″ square from each fabric.


Cut (1) 6″ x 9″ rectangle from each fabric.


From Insul-Bright cut:  (1) 9″ square and (1) 6″ x 9″ rectangle

From batting cut:  (1) 9″ square and (1) 6″ x 9″ rectangle



(1) fabric square right side down

(1) Insul-Bright square

(1) batting square

(1) fabric square right side up

Repeat with the 6″ x 9″ rectangles.


Mark a removable line (I use chalk) in the center to use as a guide for quilting.


Continue quilting until the entire square is quilted.  Repeat with the 6″ x 9″ rectangle.


Trim square to 8″ x 8.”  Trim rectangle to 5″ x 8.”


From one of the remaining fabrics, cut 2½” wide strips for binding.   You will need about 52″ of binding.


Place strips with right sides together overlapping at a 45° angle.


Stitch from edge to edge.


Trim excess fabric and press seam open.


Press binding in half along the long side with wrong sides together .


Cut off 8″ of binding to bind the top of the pocket.  Place
binding on the back side of the pocket with raw edges even along one 8″
side.  Stitch in place.


Fold binding over the raw edge and press.


Top stitch 1/8″ from edge of binding.


Cut off 6″ of the binding to make the loop.
Unfold and press each long side to the center, then press in half again.


Top stitch along each side or use a wide decorative stitch down the center.  Set loop aside.


Unfold remaining binding strip and cut a 45° angle from one end of strip.


Press under ¼” along this cut edge.


Re-press binding back in half with wrong sides together.  Set aside.


Baste the pocket to the potholder square along three sides leaving the bound pocket edge open.

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Turn potholder to the back and place binding in the center on one edge with raw
edges even.  Start sewing on the binding just past the folded angle edge.


 Pin loop about ⅜” in from the long edge and with top raw edges even.

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 Stop stitching ¼” from edge and backstitch.


Remove potholder from under the presser foot and clip threads.  Pull binding straight up to make a 45° fold.


Fold binding back down over the 45° fold and align along the outside edge of the potholder.  Pin in place.  Start stitching from the top edge of the potholder and continue until all four corners are completed.

Be careful not to catch the loop when you are stitching the binding.


When you reach the folded angle, lay remaining binding on top and trim just past the angled fold.


Make sure  the bottom layer of binding is still lined up along the raw edge.


Tuck the top binding into the folded edge and finish stitching past the starting


Fold binding over to the front of the potholder and miter the corners.  Press.
Stitch close to  the edge of the binding with a decorative stitch or straight stitch.


When you get to the loop, lift the loop up and then tuck the unsewn end under the binding.


Pin in place and continue stitching the edge of the potholder.


  Your potholder is finished.  Add some recipe cards and a spatula and you have a gift ready for giving.

75 responses to “Gift Inspiration Day Ten: Folded Pot Holder

  1. Really cute, might have to make a few of these!

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  2. Cute project! Your post makes me want a fun decorative cover for my ironing board!

  3. Very cute!

  4. Very cute! I am going to have to make some of these for Christmas! I’ve always been intimidated by quilting but you made it seem easier than I originally imagined. Love your post.

  5. What a great Idea Im going to make some too! Thanks for the great Idea

  6. What a great idea. These will make great Christmas gifts. Thanks!!!

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  8. Very nice gift idea and detailed tutorial! This would also work as a mug mat pattern. Thanks for sharing

  9. These would be cute using holiday fabrics for different holidays throughout the year! Great wedding shower gift.

  10. I am working on two of these using scraps I sewed together from a yellow and black apron. Thank you for making these lovely clear instructions.

  11. I really like this postholder. I might make quite few of these. thanks for sharing, god bless

  12. Lynda McCulloch

    very cute I’m going to make some for friends for Christmas

  13. When I pinned this, didn’t realize the pot holder is made from scratch. I’ll be looking for a pot holder w/a pocket and add spatula and recipe cards. Thanks for the idea tho, love it! 🙂

  14. this is a really cute and easy pattern to make. i am just finishing up #4 and have about 12 more ready to start on. Christmas gifts will be easy this year for me. Thanks for sharing

  15. Thank you for the adorable idea! These are precious and I LOVE the detailed instructions and pics!! Thanks so much for sharing!

  16. Love it! Thank you for such a cute idea! I am going to make several!

  17. Thanks for a great idea. i have 15 of these made up with kitchen material fabrics. a good start on my Christmas giving, i also am adding a skillet handle hot pad to go along with the pocket hot pad.

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  21. Potholder is awesome, lovely I will make some gift for my Bible group.

  22. Can you email this to my email?

  23. JUST featured this tutorial on my facebook page – A Slice of Texas!

  24. What kind of batting is best? Can it be polyester fleece?

  25. We used Hobb’s 80/20 Heirloom batting, along with the Insul-Bright. I’m not sure enough about polyester fleece to “approve” it.

  26. Could you tell me how far apart your quilting is on this? I was going to guess 5/8th of an inch, but couldn’t find the measurements in that part of the pattern. Great detail and directions though on the rest, I love this idea 🙂

  27. Great tutorial for how to bind, I have not seen better.

  28. Would love to print your potholder pattern but I don’t want to print all the “responses”. How do I do it?

  29. If giving for a wedding shower–print a favorite recipe of yours for the new bride.

  30. shared your post 😉 however the theme of your WP blog doesn’t show up properly on the browser SEWER NecroPedoSadoMaso version 6.7 i hope it is fixed !

  31. I had a really hard time sewing through all of those thicknesses plus the insul- brute. I got one finished but won’t be trying more. It’s a really cute idea, what did I do wrong unless it was the batting I used in the middle? I used a cotton I had used in a quilt. Could that be what made it so hard to see through?

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  33. absolutely LOVE your tutorial! I’m making up pairs of these with matching hanging towels to be paired with a grocery gift card and a jar of my apple butter for each of our adult children! Thank you so much for the awesome ideas!

  34. Doing this for gifts.

  35. Very clever. Thanks for the great tutorial. I’ll have to make some for my gift box!

  36. I love this going to make some

  37. Need to make some of these for family Christmas gifts

  38. Thank you! Love it.

  39. Love these!!! Sure I’ll be making a few as gifts!!!

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  41. Super cute!!

  42. What kind of batting did you use? I’m newbie and there are so many types of batting that I’m confused.

  43. SueAnn Ballard

    Very cute!!!! I’m making these for sure!!!

  44. Really like these and will make some of these. Thank you for the post.

  45. would love to have a printable version!

  46. Is there a printable version?

  47. Awesome gifting idea. Thanks for sharing.

  48. Printable version ?

  49. Thank You for sharing

  50. Can’t seem to find the down load button

  51. I tried making this and just couldn’t miter the corners. So it looked pretty bad. Maybe I can find a video about that. I’m so disappointed in myself.

  52. Just found this and love it! Going to make some for door prizes for our family Christmas! Thsnk you!!!

  53. I love this pattern, I am recovering from hip replacement surgery and am finally able to get to my studio. I think these will make some quick sifts for my friends and my girls. May even enlarge it an do one for my adult boys who love to barbeque. Thanks for great instructions.

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  55. If the bottom binding is sewn across the folded potholder, it could also be used as a pot holder for protecting the handle if the pan is used in the oven

  56. This is well done. I am going to make a few.

  57. Was there an answer to the question about a printable version of instructions?

  58. I made 5 of these, and they came out so beautifully, for ladies who were guests at my table at our Christmas luncheon at my church. Thanks!

  59. Denise Fletcher-Sullivan

    This is a great “Pot Holder”. I have made many! Great instructions.

  60. Susan Rutherford Wilkinson

    This is such a great pattern! Thanks so much. I made 6 for my church Christmas luncheon for guests gifts. They came out beautifully.

  61. Would love a printable version.

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  63. Do you need to use a special heat resistant fabric? I’m a beginner so hopefully not a silly question

    • There is special batting for heat items. Insulbrite is one name, but there are others. I just made my first but Lord putting on the last binding, especially by the loop was very difficult. Many layers.

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  65. How far apart are you stitching the lines? Doesn’t say in tutorial.

  66. We stitched lines about a half-inch apart.

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