How to Sew a Simple Potholder

By: Sara Curtis from
How to Sew a Simple Potholder
How to Sew a Simple Potholder

"Learn how to sew a simple potholder with a basic square shape and a pocket. I'll walk you through the process with clear step-by-step photos and professional finishing techniques. I've included lots of tips for choosing heat-safe fabrics and materials, so you can use these potholders with confidence! You can easily sew one in an hour with scraps. Make some pretty, modern ones to replace your worn out potholders. Or make them as gifts for for newlyweds or new neighbors."

Project TypeMake a Project

Time to CompleteUnder an hour

Sewn byBoth Hand and Machine


Materials List

  • Scraps of cotton or linen fabric
  • Lightweight cotton quilt batting
  • Thermal batting (like Insul-bright)
  • Bias tape maker (optional, but easier!)
  • Coordinating thread

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Although this might seem like a simple potholder with a basic square shape it is the pocket that really caught my eye. Potholders are of course perfect in the kitchen but I have made them with pockets to hold and cushion many sewing items. Perfect for scissors, seam rippers and measuring tape. The outside works like a pincushion too. Great useful sewing project.


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