How to Make Potholders: 25+ Hot Pad Patterns
Spruce up your kitchen in no time with these free potholder patterns! They're the ultimate easy sewing projects for beginners.
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If you cook or bake, you need these crafty hot pads and pot holders in the kitchen. Once you learn how to make potholders, you'll find they are both easy and useful. Not to mention how they make great hostess gifts in a pinch.
In this How to Make Potholders: 25+ Hot Pad Patterns collection, you'll see how simple it is to make creative and crafty hot pads and pot holders.
If you never knew how to make a potholder before, these tutorials are truly helpful. Projects like the Scrapbuster Potholder will protect your hands from pots and pans too hot to touch.
If you're looking for how to make hot pads, check out the Scrappy Hot Pad project (below). Making potholders is not only fun but will allow you to safely enjoy cooking and baking your favorite dishes and treats.
No matter what style of potholder you're looking for, you're sure to find a tutorial that you love within this collection!
PLUS! Don't miss our video on how to make adorable vintage pot holders! This video tutorial shows you how to make quilted potholders that you will absolutely love.
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Everyday Potholder Tutorials
If you're new to sewing, one of the easiest and most useful projects you can make are DIY potholders. These free potholder patterns are meant to be used over and over again, and are the perfect way to use up any fabric scraps you have around the house. If you've been searching for a pretty and practical sewing project that you can make in just a few hours, then these simple kitchen projects are just what you've been looking for!
- Oval DIY Pot Holders
Pan lids are so large that it can often take a few potholders to hold them. If you create a handful of these ingenious sewn pot holders, however, hot lid worries will be a thing of the past.
- Scrapbuster Potholder
You can use any leftover fabric you have to make fun, homemade DIY pot holders. Use this handy craft any time you are working in the kitchen to keep your countertops and hands safe.
- Round Hot Pads Tutorial
These kitchen hot pads are just what you need to grab a cookie sheet out of the oven or a hot plate from the microwave. The rounded edges of these DIY potholders make them perfect for picking up plates, pots, and pans of all shapes and sizes.
- Made for Grandma Pot Holders
If you grandma is constantly keeping your tummy happy, it's time to say thank you... and what better way to say thanks than with a gift she can use time and time again? She will absolutely love it!
- Modern Quilted Potholder
Add some seriously vintage flair to your kitchen decor when you learn how to quilt these lovely free potholder patterns. Created by using stacked coins and quilt binding techniques, these adorable kitchen sewing ideas can easily be created in a color scheme that will match your kitchen.
- Microwave Bowl Potholder
This pattern shows you how to make a potholder that actually goes into the microwave with the bowl. You can complete this project in an hour, so whip up one of these handy, microwaveable potholders and never burn yourself on a microwaveable dish again!
- How to Sew a Simple Potholder
You can easily sew one of these potholders in an hour with your leftover fabric scraps. Make some pretty, modern potholders to replace your worn-out ones.
- Scented Hot Pad
This homemade hot pad is not only a great place to rest your tea kettle, but it will also make the room smell fresh. Fill it with your favorite potpourri, and pick two different fabrics to make it double-sided.
- Stripping Is Hot Pad Tutorial
This handmade home decor will breathe fresh air into your tabletop with its medley of prints aligned in strips side-by-side. An additional hoop at the corner of this square allows you to hang this sensational sewing project for display.
- Polka Dot Pot Holders
A pattern as classic as polka dots is always trending, so why not add it to your home? Learn how to make a pot holder that always looks fresh and fun.
- Dishtowel Potholder Tutorial
You can customize these potholders to any season or any kitchen depending on your choice of fabric and applique. The apple applique on this example is a perfect fruit for most kitchen decor.
- Scrappy Hot Pad
Check out this sewing tutorial and you'll have a stylin' kitchen without having to visit the fabric store! This is one of the best ways to use up fabric scraps.
- "Let's Eat" Potholder
All you need to make this free sewing pattern is some scrappy fabric and an hour of your time. Add some wow to your kitchen with this charming project.
- Jean Pocket Pot Holder
Love that pair of jeans that no longer fits? This is a great alternative to throwing them away. Learn how to recycle jeans when you make these blue jean pot holders for your kitchen.
- Rustic Upcycled Sweater Pot Holders
Give your kitchen that modern rustic look with stitched pot holders that are as useful as they are decorative. Just grab an old sweater that's too cozy to get rid of but too old to wear anymore and recycle the material.
- Quilted DIY Pot Holder
The perfect DIY kitchen accessory, this easy potholder project is perfect for beginners and advanced sewists alike. This quick sewing pattern is a great DIY gift idea, as it has a fun pattern that can brighten anybody's home.
- Double Trouble Potholder Tutorial
You'll be twice as protected against the overheated oven with this tutorial. Rather than digging frantically for two oven mitts, you'll have a handy two-in-one potholder to slide on both hands when you reach for your dish.
- Fat Quarter Pot Holder
Learning how to make potholders like this one involves batting, patchwork, and of course, fat quarters. Once you've conquered your first, make another for a friend or neighbor!
- Two-Handed Casserole DIY Pot Holder
This smart sewing project will ensure that your hands stay extra safe while pulling a casserole out of the oven or transporting it to the table. With two mitts on either side, this kitchen helper will not slide around like using two separate pot holders might.
Looking for more great kitchen crafts? Then be sure to check out our free eBook that's filled with free apron patterns! How to Make an Apron: 6 Free Apron Patterns
Fun and Whimsical DIY Potholders
While practical potholders make great beginner sewing projects, why not add a splash of whimsy and charm to your kitchen too? These free potholder patterns are a great way to show off your personality and clear out your fabric stash in the process. Plus, if you've just an upcoming housewarming party or bridal shower, these DIY kitchen projects are the perfect last minute gifts. Sew a little personality into your next project with these free sewing patterns.
- Fiesta Pot Holder Pattern
This potholder would make a great gift for a baker or home cook. It features a patchwork front pocket and is a fun project to showcase your retro 30s prints.
- Strawberry DIY Pot Holder
These super sweet and fresh strawberries are going to look absolutely adorable in your kitchen. All you need to create these easy hot pads is half a yard of red fabric, green felt, and quilt batting.
- Grandma's Secret Recipe Pot Holders
This tutorial will teach you how to make pot holders that will preserve the ingredients and instructions for all those precious cooking secrets forever. Functional and sweet, these handy kitchen accessories will be in the family for generations.
- Vintage Dresden Potholder Pattern
This is a potholder pattern that you’ll want to leave out as a decoration all year long because it’s just so adorable! It’s also functional and will keep you from burning your hands while your cooking or baking.
- Campy Pot Holder Pattern
This pattern shows you how to sew a potholder that looks just like a vintage camper! You'll feel like you are on the road in 1965 when you check out this surprisingly vintage sewing pattern.
- You Are So Hot Pot Holder
Making practical projects doesn't mean they can't be quirky. If your best friend has a new home or if you love statement pieces, you're going to love making free pot holder patterns that are this flirty.
- Adorable Apple Hot Pad
An apple a day keeps the doctor away, and while this adorable hot pad won't improve your health, it will come in handy for chefs and bakers. This tutorial shows you how to make a potholder that is a great addition to your DIY kitchen decor.
Festive Potholder Patterns
Are you looking for festive potholder tutorials for the holidays? Any of following DIY potholders would make for fun holiday sewing projects. Perhaps try sewing this adorable Cherry Pie Potholder Tutorial for Thanksgiving or the Fourth of July, or maybe make these lovely Heart Shaped Pot Holders for Valentine's Day!
- Cherry Pie Potholder Tutorial
This whimsical kitchen sewing project is perfect as a DIY gift for the vintage lover in your life, and it reminds us of baking with Grandma in her kitchen. Made with budget-friendly felt, this DIY potholder can be customized for any season, so that you can have a pumpkin pie potholder for Thanksgiving or yummy blueberry pie potholder for summer cookouts.
- Thanksgiving Turkey Pot Holder Pattern
The cute little gobber is sure to be a hit at your big family dinner as you pull your delicious Thanksgiving roast from the oven. The easy pot holder pattern features a free print-out design, so creating it is quick and simple.
- Scrappy Christmas Pot Holders
This holiday-themed DIY potholder pattern will look absolutely adorable under your cozy casseroles and hot Christmas ham! Let your kitchen celebrate St. Nick's favorite time of year when you display these scrappy pot holders.
- Heart Hot Pad
If you're looking for a homemade Valentine's Day gift, this hot pad is a great match. Decorate your heart with ric-rac trim and topstitching for a look you'll love. It's a perfect gift for someone who loves to cook!
- Penguin Pot Holder Pattern
This absolutely adorable how to make a pot holder tutorial will have you sewing up a peppy penguin that makes a great sewing pal in no time. There are a ton of free pot holder pattern ideas out there, but this absolutely has to be the cutest of the cute!
- Christmas Hot Pads
Making pot holders is easy! Just use our easy-to-follow kitchen craft tutorial to make your own Christmas hot pads to use during Christmas dinner.
- Heart-Shaped Pot Holders
Learn how to make potholders that will help you cook some love into every single dish you make with this tutorial. Whether you are looking for a Valentine's Day gift for a special someone or simply sewing up a DIY hostess gift, these pot holders will certainly do the trick.
- Hearty Pot Holders
These pot holders are all you need to add some love to your home. Undoubtedly, this pot holder will be distinguished among your others because of its shape and color, so you'll never be at a loss for where your heart is.
If you're looking for even more kitchen decor items for your table, check out these mug rug tutorials and placemat patterns! 40+ Free Mug Rug Patterns
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