Here is a super quick and easy way to learn how to make a potholder with scrap fabric, you have lying around. These potholders are the sweetest, handmade addition to any kitchen, and would make the perfect housewarming gift!
Lately, I have loved creating and making things for our home instead of running out to the store to buy them. One of the few things I’ve recently made for our kitchen is potholders, or hot pads whichever you prefer to call them. I love the way they turned out! As well as, designing them and picking out cute fabrics was alot of fun too!
However, the great thing about this little project, is that you can make these super easy potholders from just about anything!
Which is why I’m so thrilled to share with you, my tips on how to make a potholder with scrap fabric you have lying around your house. You could even use vintage printed bed sheets, old dresses or clothes you love the print/fabric of. Just about any thick cotton fabric will do! So let’s get started!
What You Will Need
There are only a few basic supplies you will need to make these potholders. The book Simple Farmhouse Life by Lisa Bass is where I learned how to make these potholders. She has some very basic instructions on how to walk you through the process. So if you would like to check her book out, you can get it here.
- Any scrap fabric larger than 10 inches by 10 inches
- Old dish rags, flannel, denim, or any thick material
- Quilt batting (optional)
- Sewing thread
- Sewing pins
- Fabric scissors
How to Make a Potholder with Scrap Fabric
First, start off by cutting your fabrics into 10in by 10in squares. I personally did a layering process of cotton fabric, old dish towel, Insult-Bright, and then another piece of cotton.
You can layer however thick you want and with whatever you want. I definitely reccomend testing the thickness on a hot pan if you aren’t using Insult-Bright.
Next, you will need to cut a strip of fabric that is 1 1/2in by 4in, this will be for the potholder’s loop.
Fold it in half length wise, and sew a super slim seam, and then attach a safety pin and turn it inside out, pressing it with an iron. I also top-stiched it to give it a finshed look.
At this point, you are getting close to being done. Pin all layers of your potholder together, making sure the bottom and top peices of your potholder have right sides together. Then sew a 1/2in seam all the way around, leaving a 4in gap to turn it inside out.
It does get a bit wonky when sewing all those thicknesses together, so make sure to pin it really well!
Last, turn your potholder inside out and sew up the gap, finishing it off with a 1/2in topstitch all the way around it.
I also added a few topstitch seams in the middle to give it a more completed look. You could get creative with it if you would like.
Surprisingly, that is exactly how simple to is to learn how to make a potholder with scrap fabric. You can really have a lot of fun with this, especially picking out fabrics. These also make great gifts for family and friends, or even make a perfect housewarming gift.