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Free square kitchen pot holders pattern

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If you’re in search of a quick and painless sewing project, then look no further! This sewing pattern for kitchen pot holders is perfect for those just starting out. You can finish these darling square potholders in record time. So corral your fabric and sewing materials and let’s get going!

Square kitchen pot holders

Best potholders sewing pattern

Looking for the best pot holders to sew for your kitchen? If so, I’ve got the perfect project for you – square kitchen pot holders! This pattern is simple and easy, so it’s a great way to start your sewing journey if you’re a beginner. It’s a simple square potholder that’s perfect for any level. Plus, it makes a great gift for the holidays. The best part is that you can customize these DIY pot holders however you want. Add some fun fabrics or embellishments and make these fun potholders your own.

My tutorial is easy to follow and takes just minutes to make. You can use any type of fabric you like, so it’s perfect for using up scraps from your other projects and it’s perfect for matching your kitchen decor. And best of all, these square kitchen potholders are machine-washable and dryer-safe – making them durable enough to last through years of use.

With these quilted potholders, you can make a square potholders that are both stylish and functional in no time. If you were on the lookout for simple quilted potholder patterns, this is it! Once you try this simple pattern, you’ll be hooked!

Sewing potholders is a great way to use up fabric scraps. If you’re anything like me, then you have a stockpile of fabric scraps just waiting to be used. And what better way to use them than by sewing your own potholders? This easy potholder pattern is the perfect way to use up those fabric scraps and add a pop of color to your kitchen.

FAQ about kitchen pot holders

Before getting into the details of making these square potholders, I’ll try to answer some common questions that you might have.

What is the standard size for potholders?

Potholders typically measure around 7 inches square. However, this free potholder pattern can be easily adjusted to make potholders of any size. Simply cut your fabric pieces to the desired size and proceed with the tutorial as directed.

DIY potholders

What size should my square potholders be?

This free potholder pattern is for a 7 1/2″x7 1/2″ potholder with a pocket for right and left hand. But feel free to adjust the size to fit your needs. Just remember that if you do adjust the size, you’ll need to adjust the amount of batting and binding tape accordingly as well as the pockets.

Can you use cotton fabric for potholders?

For this potholder pattern, you can use any type of cotton fabric that you like. You can even use up those fabric scraps that you have been hoarding! If you want your potholders to be durable, I recommend using quilting cotton. These fabrics are sturdy and can withstand high temperatures.

What is the difference between quilting cotton and regular cotton?

Quilting cotton is a type of cotton fabric that is specifically designed for quilting. It is usually made of 100% cotton and has a tight weave that makes it durable and sturdy. Regular cotton is also made of 100% cotton, but it does not have the same tight weave. As a result, it is not as durable and may not withstand high temperatures as well.

How much fabric is needed for a potholder?

For each potholder, you will need four pieces of fabric measuring about 7 1/2″x7 1/2″. While I have about a gazillion of fabric scraps in my stash I wanted to challenge myself and see if I can avoid wasting fabric with this project. So I cut my fabric just as the pattern specified. And in order to avoid shifting during quilting the potholder pieces, I glued all pieces together with double-sided tape. I’m happy to report that it worked just perfectly and I even managed to avoid using pins!

How many layers should a potholder be?

The number of layers in a potholder depends on the type of fabric you’re using. For quilting cotton, I recommend using two layers of fabric for the body and two layers for the pocket, plus a layer or batting or insul-bright between fabrics. This will give you a nice, thick potholder that can withstand high temperatures. If you’re using a thinner fabric, you may want to use more layers of batting to get the same result.

What is the best batting for potholders?

There are a variety of types of batting that you can use for your potholders. For this free pot holder pattern, I recommend using cotton batting. This type of batting is thick enough to provide good insulation but thin enough so that your potholders are still flexible and easy to use.

Quilted potholders with sewing pattern and tutorial

How many layers of cotton batting do I need for square potholders?

For this free potholder pattern, I recommend using two layers of cotton batting, one for the body and one for the pocket. If you’re using a thinner fabric or want to  add more insulation, you can use more layers of batting.

Can I make potholders without batting?

Yes, you can make potholders without batting. However, they will not be as effective at insulating your hands from heat. If you choose to make potholders without batting, I recommend using a thicker fabric such as canvas so that they will still provide some protection.

Is one layer of insul-bright enough for a potholder?

Yes, using one layer of insul-bright is sufficient for a potholder. However, if you want to add more insulation, you can use two layers of insul-bright or add a layer of batting.

Do you need to use batting with Insul-Bright?

If you opted for using insul-bright instead of batting, you do not need to use batting. However, if you want to add more insulation, you can use two layers of insul-bright or add a layer of batting in between those layers.

What is the difference between batting and Insul-Bright?

The main difference between batting and insul-bright is that batting is made of natural fibers such as cotton or wool, while insul-bright is made of synthetic fibers. Batting will provide more insulation than insul-bright, but it is also more expensive. If you’re looking for a budget-friendly option, Insul-Bright is a good choice.

Do you need to use interfacing for potholders?

No, you don’t need to use interfacing for potholders. However, if you want your potholders to have a nice, crisp feel, I recommend using fusible interfacing. Interfacing will also add an extra layer of protection against heat.

What kind of interfacing do you use for potholders?

If you opt for adding interfacing I’d recommend using lightweight fusible interfacing. This type of interfacing will give your potholders a nice, crisp feel. It is also easy to use and doesn’t require any sewing.

Do I need to quilt my square potholders?

No, you do not need to quilt your square potholders. However, quilting will help to keep the layers of fabric and batting in place, and it will also add a decorative touch. If you choose not to quilt your potholders, I recommend using a layer of fusible interfacing between the top and bottom fabrics to help keep everything in place. However, this will stiffen your potholders a bit more than quilting would.

Can I make different shapes of potholders?

Yes! You can absolutely make different shapes of potholders. This free potholder pattern is for square potholders but you can find more ideas here:

What is the best thread for quilting potholders?

The best thread for quilting potholders is a cotton thread. This type of thread is strong and will withstand high temperatures. It is also less likely to break than other types of thread.

Quilted potholder pattern

What is the best binding tape for potholders?

Binding tape is used to finish the edges of your potholders and give them a professional look. This tape is made from strips of fabric that have been cut on the bias, or diagonal, of the fabric.

There are a variety of types of binding tape that you can use for your potholders. For this project, I recommend using either quilt binding tape or double-sided bias tape. These types of binding tapes are strong and will hold up well to repeated use.

How wide is binding for a potholder?

The width of the binding for a potholder will depend on the type of binding tape that you use. If you’re using quilt binding tape, it is typically 2 inches wide. Bias binding tape is usually 1 inch wide.

How long does it take to make a square potholder?

It takes about 30 minutes to make each square potholder. This includes cutting the fabric, sewing the pieces together, and adding the binding.

What is the best way to store my kitchen pot holders?

Potholders can be stored in a variety of ways. The most important thing is to keep them away from direct heat and flame. I recommend storing them in a cool, dry place such as a cupboard or drawer. You can also hang them on a hook or peg if you prefer in the vicinity but no closer than arm’s length to the stove.

How do I wash my DIY pot holder?

Potholders can be machine washed on a gentle cycle in cool water. I recommend washing them in a mesh bag to prevent them from snagging on other items in the wash. Potholders can also be washed by hand if you prefer. To hand wash, simply soak the potholders in warm, soapy water and then rinse well.

Can I use my square potholders in the oven?

Yes, you can use your cute potholder to remove hot dishes from the oven. However, I do not recommend using them directly on a flame or heat source as they are not fireproof. You can also use these together with other kitchen items such as oven mitts.

Square pot holders

What materials do I need to make a potholder?

For each item in this potholder tutorial you’ll need these materials:

  • potholder pattern
  • four pieces of fabric approximately 7 1/2″ by 7 1/2″ (2 for the body and 2 for the pocket
  • two pieces of batting, approximately 7 1/2″ by 7 1/2″ (1 for the body and 1 for the pocket)
  • about 40″ of 2″ binding strip or double-sided bias tape plus a little more  for the hanging loop (or use ribbon instead)
  • double sided tape
  • hem gauge
  • fabric marker
  • scissors
  • pressing iron
  • sewing machine

How do you make a potholder step by step?

  • Print the pattern, cut out the pieces, and transfer them onto fabrics as indicated in the pattern. Cut the fabrics.
  • Get the fabric pieces and the batting for the body and stick them together using double-sided tape so there will be no shifting during the quilting process. Start by placing one of the fabrics wrong side up, add the double-sided tape then top the fabric with batting. Add double-sided tape to the batting and top with the other fabric, right side up.
  • Repeat the process for the pocket.
  • Quilt both panels with your preferred quilting method. I opted for simply running parallel lines, about 3/4″ apart.

  • Add binding to the top of the pocket piece with a seam allowance of 1/4″.

  • Place the pocket over the main body piece. If needed, keep them together with a large pin.

  • Add a piece of binding or some ribbon to the top of the main body, for the loop. Press, and run a short line of stitches to keep it in place.

  • Give the potholder a good press and you’re good to go!

Following these steps will ensure that you end up with a beautiful and functional square kitchen pot holders! With a little time and minimal effort, you’ll have a practical and stylish potholder that will make cooking and baking more fun! Happy sewing and let me know if you have any questions, in the comments below!


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