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Hello there! I’m Claire from claireabellemakes and I blog about crafts, baking and my home city of Cambridge, UK. I sell handmade accessories including fabric covered jewellery, hairslides and personalised scrabble tile rings. I love to sew, crochet, knit and bake.

I’m thrilled to be sharing a sewing tutorial with you today. I’m going to show you how to make a simple quilted potholder for the kitchen.

This is a great project for fat quarters and makes a wonderful housewarming gift for a fellow baker or cook. It takes around 60-90 minutes to make and is good for practising straight line sewing!

You will need:

  • A sewing machine
  • Contrasting cotton fabric
  • Wadding or batting
  • An iron

Step 1

Cut two squares of fabric in contrasting patterns. I used polka dots and stars from a Cath Kidston fat quarters bundle. The squares can be in any size you like, but I used 9” x 9” squares for a large pot holder.

Depending on how padded you would like your potholder, cut a 9” x 9” square of wadding or batting. I used two squares of wadding to make a fairly thick potholder.

Step 2

Cut a small strip of fabric around 8” x 2.5“ to make the tag for hanging.


Fold in half with right sides facing and stitch along the edge. Turn inside out. This can be tricky, so it helps to attach a safety pin to one end and feed through. Press the tag to remove creases.

Step 3

Fold the tag and pin on the right side of the fabric in the corner as shown below. Then assemble the contrasting fabrics with the padding.

You should pin the fabrics together with right sides facing and attach the padding on the outside. I put both squares of wadding on one side (next to the spotty fabric). Pin through all the layers.

Step 4

Stitch around the sides, leaving ½” seam allowance and a 2.5” gap for turning out. Trim the corners and turn out. I used a crochet hook to push out the corners and then pressed.

Step 5

Topstitch the edge of your potholder and some evenly spaced horizontal and vertical lines to give a quilted effect.

Step 6

I cut corners here and used fabric glue to secure the gap, which I think worked well. Feel free to stitch if you prefer that method!

Hang your pot holder in the kitchen and admire!


Thanks to Claire for this great tutorial.

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