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How to Make a Fabric Scrap Potholder

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How to Sew Fabric Scrap Potholders

Use some of your fabric scraps to make potholders. This simple design doesn’t require binding tape, so it’s easy enough for beginners. Whip up a set for yourself. Then, whip up several more to give as gifts.

Fabric Scrap Potholder Instructions

These instructions make a generous nine-inch potholder. If you’re making these for yourself, you can skip the batting, and just use an old potholder for the insides of your new potholder, if you want to. It’s a nice way to upcycle something that you might otherwise throw away.

For Each Potholder You Will Need:

Optional (but nice to have):

Warning: Insul-Bright batting contains aluminum, so these potholders aren’t microwave safe. I recommend using 100% cotton fabric and thread for this project, since your potholders will be coming into contact with hot dishes on a regular basis.

What You Do:

Pin or Clip Two Fabric Strips Together

Pick out the fabric scraps that you want to use. They can be as fat or skinny as you want them to be. You just need to make sure they’re going to be long enough for you to cut out a 9.5-inch square for the front of your potholder. If you’re making a set of potholders, and you want them to match, choose scraps that are long enough to accommodate two 9.5-inch squares.

Arrange the scraps, until you’re happy with the pattern. Then, pin, or clip, the first two pieces together, with good sides facing.

Sew Two Fabric Scraps Together

Sew the two pieces together, using a 1/4-inch seam.

Sew Rows of Fabric Scraps Together

Continue sewing strips together, until you have a piece of fabric that’s big enough for you to cut out the front of your potholder. Iron the fabric, so the seams lay flat.

Cut Pieces for Potholder

Then, use a ruler, or square quilting template, to measure and cut out your 9.5-inch square.

Proper Order for Potholder Layers

To assemble your potholder, stack the front and back fabric, with good sides facing. Then, lay a piece of batting on top. Add the piece of Insul-Bright next. Then, finish with the remaining piece of batting.

Pin or Clip All the Layers of the Potholder Together

Pin or clip the pieces together, so they won’t shift around on you.

Add Loop for Pot Holder

If you want to add a loop for hanging your potholder, pin a ribbon loop in the top left corner. It need to be facing in, like you see here.

Sew a 1/4-inch Seam Around Three Sides of Potholder

Then, sew a 1/4-inch seam around three sides of your potholder. Make sure that includes the side with your ribbon loop.

Quilt Your Fabric Scrap Potholder

Trim any excess fabric from the sides and corners. Then, turn your potholder right-side out.

Fold the open side in, so it looks nice and neat; then, stitch a quarter-inch seam all the way around your potholder. This will close that side, and add a nice decorative edge.

Fabric Scrap Potholders

Finish by quilting your potholder. I just stitched a series of free-form lines that run in the opposite direction of my fabric strips. There’s no right or wrong way to do this, so feel free to get creative with the design.

Brownie Mix Recipe

Pair a set of these potholders with one of my homemade baking mixes for a can’t-miss gift. I have more than a dozen mix recipes to choose from.

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