Christmas Potholders tutorial

I have a great tutorial for you today! I’ve been making these adorable potholders/hot pads and I want to share how I did it! Two years ago I was able to snag a great deal on Christmas fabric after the holiday. I used it to make my Tree Skirt and Stockings using the paper-piecing quilting technique. I’ve using the same fabric for this project and a similar sewing technique as well.
Aren’t they fun??

Pretty easy to make too! Let’s get started!

First, gather your scrap material. I used Christmas fabric, but you can really use any fabric that goes together.

You will want to gather some fabric. I used scraps for the tutorial today.You can also use larger pieces of fabric. You will need to be able to cut 1 1/2 inch wide strips. They don’t have to be very long, although you ill need some the length of the potholder {around 8 inches} so…
You will need
3/4 yard of fabric, assorted colors, cut into 1 1/2″ strips. I used four colors.
Cut one 8×8″ square, fabric of your choice for the back.
36″ of of 2″ wide fabric strip for binding {more on that later}
Batting, cut in 8″ squares
Here are my cut fabric piles.

1. to get started choose two different fabrics and place at a 90 degree angle. Sew at an angle, trim the ends and iron open.
2. Now you should see were I sewed.
3. With these two open flat, add a third fabric at an angle and sew, trim, iron {you will get REALLY used to this process}
4. Here are the three pieces.
5. Add a fourth color/fabric and sew again, you can see that I’m NOT lining up the edges… this angled sewing will give it the scrappy look we are going for.
6. Now we have completed one “round” its becoming a square {ish} but the pieces are not straight {perfect!!}
Lets see what it looks like as we keep going: Continue sewing around in a circular pattern, varying the angles and shape of each piece as you sew. Also, iron and trim after each piece.
The back will not look so great and might be a little bulky, but thats okay, we want this potholder to protect from the heat, so the extra fabric is okay. 13. shows the back. Keep adding rows.  14. I’ve now completed my sewing. The size is currently bigger than I need, but we need to square it up, so make sure to have some extra. 15. Square up the potholder. 16. mine is 8×8″. You can make whatever size you need to fit your purpose.

Next we need to create the binding. 1. cut 2″ strips. You can use all one color or more if desired. 2. Sew the strips together so you have the length of the perimeter of the potholder 8×4=32 + some extra I would have at least 36 inches of binding. Sew together at a right angle to minimize the fabric thickness of the binding. {a straight seam creates a big bunch of fabric in one place, this technique spreads out the seam.} 3. Clip the seams and iron in half length wide wrong sides together. 4. my ironed binding ready to sew on the potholder.
See this binding tutorial for more tips.

Okay, now for the exciting part! lets put it all together. You can buy insulated batting specifically for potholders… I didn’t have any, so I just used four layers of my regular blanket batting {it seemed to keep the heat off my hand in my test sessions!} Lay your 8×8″ square right side down, add the batting, then top with the quilted square right side up. {1}. 2. Pin, Pin, Pin!!! Use lots of pins to hold it all together and everything in place. 3. Sew/quilt the potholder. I sew along all the seams, but you can do whatever you want. 4. It should look similar to this when finished. All sewn together. Trim the edges.

Lets add the binding now. Start along one side and pin to the first corner, leave a bit of a tail {don’t sew from the start of the binding fabric}When you get to the corner sew to almost the end of the side, stop, pull your fabric out from the machine {dont take it all the way out and cut the thread as I did the the photo} Make a 90 angel with the binding, fold it down and continue sewing. This will give you enough fabric to make a nice corner on both sides. When you get all the way back around you should have two tails.

1. With right sides together pinch the tails together so the edges are flat on the potholder. You want to find where to sew them together to finish the binding. 2. I often fold my project in half to help pin and sew a straight line. Sew where you pinched and pinned. 3. You should now have a completed edge. Sew to the potholder. 4. Trim all the threads from the quilting and binding. 5. this is my back. 6. fold the binding back over and hand-stitch to the back of the potholder.

You did it!!! Now, make several more and give them to all your friends for Christmas! Don’t want to make them… buy some from me {ha!}..

here are a couple other Christmas things I’ve sewn using this type of quilting:
Christmas Stockings
Christmas Tree Skirt

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Emily is a stay at home mom to two crazy boys {which she adores} , one equally crazy daughter and one amazing husband. She loves to sew, but also dabbles in crafting and recipes. Her faith, friends and family keep her going and motivated. Come along for the ride!


  1. Great tutorial. These turned out so cute! I have a lot of Christmas fabric scraps. I think it’s time to pull them out! Thanks for sharing this week at One Creative Weekend! Have a great weekend!

  2. What fun gifts those would make!

  3. How adorable! Thanks for sharing the idea :)

  4. Great tutorial! This will make a great gift, thank you for sharing!

  5. Sue McPeak says:

    Such a great idea for using scraps…really anytime of the year…but especially for Christmas as Quick Gifts! I’m a quilter, too, and have used this technique to make place mats to match the pot holders. Great job on the Tutorial! I hope you can stop by CollectInTexas Gal and see my Poinsettia Quilt posted on today’s Friday Link Party.

  6. Gorgeous! Come link up!

  7. stephanie wilson says:

    So whimsical! I adore these little potholders! You have some true talent!

  8. Great gift idea! Thanks for sharing your tutorial.

  9. allisamazing says:

    Great tutorial! Thanks for sharing :)

  10. I love to make potholders and this is such a wonderful tutorial and a great way to use up all my scraps – even the tiniest of pieces! What a great project and I’ll be pinning this to my sewing board. Thanks!

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