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How to Make a DIY Potholder: A Step-by-Step Guide

Ever found yourself in a pinch while cooking and wished you had a potholder within reach? Look no further! Learn how to make your very own DIY potholder with just a few supplies and basic sewing skills. Let’s get started!

Supplies and Tools for your DIY potholder:

Before we dive into the instructions, let’s gather all the supplies and tools you’ll need for this enjoyable project:

supply list To make (1) DIY potholder::

  • Main fabric: You’ll need two squares measuring 10″ x 10″.
  • Loop fabric: Prepare one rectangle measuring 2″ x 4″.
  • Batting: Cut a square measuring 10″ x 10″.
  • Insul-bright: Prepare another square measuring 10″ x 10″.

Tools you need to make a DIY Potholder:

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How to make a DIY Potholder:

  1. Cut all of your fabric and batting.
  2. Take your 2″ x 4″ loop fabric and fold in 1/4″ on the long side towards the middle, and press. Repeat on the other side. Fold towards the center and press. Sew a line on the folded edge.

3. Stack your batting, then the insul-bright, (1) fabric square, and place your fabric loop in one corner with raw edges lined up with the raw edges in the corner. Place your other fabric square on top, and clip the loop in place.

4. Pin all layers together. Sew using a 1/2″ seam allowance, and backstitch at the beginning and end. Leave a 2-3″ opening to turn out later. Backstitch across the loop to make sure it’s secure.

5. Trim the edges and clip the corners, being careful not to cut through a stitch line.

6. Going between your two fabric layers, turn your DIY potholder right side out. Wiggle out the corners.

7. Fold in the raw edges of the opening, you can press with your iron if needed.

8. Topstitch using about a 1/4″ seam allowance all the way around. Make sure to stitch the opening shut.

Frequently Asked Questions for DIY Potholder:

What fabric do you use for potholders?

For potholders, you should use a heat-resistant fabric that can effectively protect your hands from hot surfaces. The most commonly used fabric for potholders is 100% cotton. Cotton is a natural fiber that has good heat resistance and is also soft and comfortable to hold. It can withstand high temperatures without melting or catching fire, making it a safe choice for handling hot pots and pans.

When making potholders, it’s essential to use several layers of cotton fabric or combine it with insulating materials like thermal batting or heat-resistant padding. This layering helps to enhance the heat resistance and effectiveness of the potholders.

Additionally, avoid using synthetic materials like polyester or nylon for potholders as they can melt under high temperatures and may cause burns. Stick to 100% cotton or specifically designed heat-resistant fabrics for the best results in protecting your hands while cooking.

What kind of batting to use for potholders?

When choosing batting for potholders, it’s crucial to opt for materials that have excellent heat resistance to protect your hands from hot surfaces. The batting should be specifically designed for use in potholders and other heat-resistant projects. Here are some common types of batting suitable for potholders:

  1. Insul-Bright: Insul-Bright is a popular choice for potholders because it’s specifically designed to provide thermal insulation. It consists of hollow, polyester fibers that resist heat and help to keep the heat from transferring to your hands. Insul-Bright typically has a metallic side and a fabric side; the metallic side should face the hot surface for maximum heat resistance.
  2. Heat-resistant cotton batting: Some companies produce cotton batting that is treated to be heat-resistant. This type of batting is similar to regular cotton batting but has added features to make it suitable for projects like potholders.
  3. Therma-Flec: Therma-Flec is a heat-resistant, heat-reflective material that can be used as batting in potholders. It reflects heat back to its source, providing excellent protection for your hands.

When using batting for potholders, it’s essential to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines and instructions. Also, make sure to use multiple layers of heat-resistant batting to increase the effectiveness of the potholders. Combining heat-resistant batting with 100% cotton fabric will create safe and reliable potholders for your kitchen. Always test your potholders to ensure they can handle the heat before using them with hot cookware.

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

Using just one layer of Insul-Bright for a potholder is not recommended. While Insul-Bright is designed to provide heat resistance, using a single layer may not offer sufficient protection against high temperatures. It is generally recommended to use multiple layers of heat-resistant batting or combine Insul-Bright with other materials to create an effective potholder as done in this tutorial


You’ve done it! Your DIY potholder is complete and ready to use. Now you can confidently handle hot pots and pans without worrying about burning your hands. Enjoy the satisfaction of a handmade kitchen essential that not only serves its purpose but also adds a personal touch to your cooking space.

Remember, feel free to create multiple DIY potholders using different fabrics to match your kitchen decor or make thoughtful gifts for friends and family.

So, gather your supplies, prepare your sewing station, and let your creativity shine through as you embark on this fun and practical DIY potholder project.

Happy sewing!

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