How to make…a Patchwork Pot Holder

Whilst I’ve made this cute little pot holder/mat in Christmassy-themed colours ahead of the festivities, you can use whatever colours and prints you have lying around. For the patches, I actually used up small scraps of fabric (which I always find very satisfying too!)

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These make lovely additions to your kitchen or great hand-made gifts.

You will need:

  • Scraps of fabric to make nine patches 3inches x 3inches square.
  • Fabric for the backing, pockets and loop
  • Wadding (thick or enough to do a few layers)
  • Binding
  • Coordinating thread
  • Pins, needle and scissors
  • Ruler and pencil/Tailor’s Chalk
  • Sewing machine

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Step 1: Cut the fabric and wadding.

  • From fabric scraps of different colours and prints, cut nine squares of 3″ x 3″ – arrange in the pattern you like.

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Tip: It’s useful to take a photo of the patchwork arrangement so you can refer to it when stitching the patchwork together.

  • Cut out two pieces of the fabric for the backing and the pockets: 22cm x 22cm
  • Cut a piece of fabric for the loop: 18cm x 6cm
  • Cut a piece of wadding the same size as the backing fabric (so 22cm x 22cm(. My wadding is quite thin so I decided to use two layers.

Tip: To make a bigger pot holder, increase the size of your patches and backing fabric and wadding to match.

Step 2: Sew the patchwork pieces together.

  • Pin adjacent patches right-sides together and, using a 0.5cm seam allowance, sew the pieces together. Work in rows of your arrangement; once you have two pieces sewn, attach the third in that row, in exactly the same way.

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  • Press open the seams. You should now have three rows of three patches.

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  • Similar to above, with right sides together, matching up the seams, pin and sew the rows together.

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  • Press open the seams.

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3. Prepare the pockets.

  • Cut one piece of the 22cm x 22cm backing fabric diagonally in half.

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  • Turn over the long side (the diagonal side) 1cm and press, turn over again to tuck in the raw edges, press and pin.

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  • Sew to hem these edges. Repeat for both pockets.

4. Layer up.

You should now have the following pieces ready for layering:

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  • Place the backing fabric, right-side down, onto the table.

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  • Place the wadding on top of this.

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  • Finally, place the patchwork, wrong-side down, on top of the wadding. Pin all the layers together using safety pins.

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5. Quilt your patchwork.

Using whatever colour thread you prefer, be it contrasting or coordinating, sew a straight stitch on either side of the seam lines, removing the pins as you go and straightening our the fabric on top and below so ensure you don’t get any gathers.

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Tip: I would suggest working in one direction before spinning the patchwork 90 degrees and working the other way.

6. Attach the pockets.

Working on the back of the patchwork, pin the two pockets in place and sew close to the edges to attach, leaving the diagonal sides (the ones you hemmed) un-sewn.

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7. Make the pot holder loop.

  • On the ironing board, fold the piece of fabric for the loop in half length-ways, wrong-sides together. Press

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  • Unfold, and refold each edge in towards the centre fold. Press.

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  • Re-fold the fabric along the original centre fold, pin and sew along the open edge to close.

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8. Binding.

  • Pin the binding to the front of the patchwork along the edge as shown below…

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  • Sew along the fold of the binding to secure it to the edge of the patchwork, on the front.

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  • Fold over the loose edge of the binding towards the back of the pot holder and start to pin.

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  • Fold over the loop you made in the previous step and pin in place to the back of the holder, sew to secure.

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  • Continue to pin the binding to the back of the holder, tucking in the raw edges of the loop.

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  • Hand sew the binding to the back of the pot holder.

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And you’re finished!

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Hang in your kitchen ready to pick up that hot pan or stand the hot pan in the middle of the dinner table!

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