The Perfect Potholder {Father’s Day Tutorial}

the perfect potholder

I know the claim “The Perfect Potholder” is pretty bold!!  I am a bit of a potholder snob.  I can’t stand silicone ones, I don’t like them if they are too stiff or puffy, I also don’t like them if they are too thin.  I love the cute quilty ones, but I am always afraid to use them.  So I resort to my trusty terrycloth potholders…..behold:

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Aren’t they beautiful!  haha!!  They’ve been used and washed at least a million times and I can never give them up…..until TODAY when I came up with a homemade version that is just as functional yet much more stylish.  The trick is that I cut up a hand towel (or bath towel), layered with batting and quilted it.  Are you ready for the tutorial?  Here we go:


1 bath or hand towel (not kitchen) the thicker the better!

Fat Quarter Bibs and Ribs fabric – still loving it!!

Scraps of cotton batting

fabric for the binding

Therm O Web Spray n Bond

Begin by cutting the towel 8.5″ square

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also cut the batting and fabric the same size, 8.5″ square.

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Use the basting spray to baste all the lawyer together with the batting in the middle.

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Quilt as desired.  I made 4 of these and did vertical lines, diagonal lines and then criss cross.  Using a cup, draw a rounded corner on each of the corners and trim along the line.

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Cut the binding on the bias 2.5″ x WOF, or enough to sew around the potholder.  Sew the binding to the back of the  potholder then pull the binding around and machine sew the top of the binding pad tutorial_8

Seriously, tears of joy were shed over this project.  I cannot contain my excitement!!  It actually feels just like my old trusty potholders – YIPPEE!!!hot pad tutorial_9

Now that I knew they were a success, I got a little creative.  Try rounding all the corners but the top left corner like this:

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Then sew the binding like this:hot pad tutorial_11


Take the little tail and give it a twirl to make a loop to hang or to just be decorative or to just finish the binding nicely.

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They are the perfect addition to my collection of Father’s Day Gifts!!
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  1. Amanda, you seriously should think about opening an Etsy shop to sell some of your creations! I also covet my trusty ol’ terry cloth potholders! I’m searching for cute ones to go in the vintage trailer we’re currently renovating but can’t find ’em & don’t have the skills to make ’em……

    • Thanks! I think the potholders would be so cute in a vintage fabric!! I have thought about an Etsy shop – only I have a hard time stockpiling anything I make. My mom sometimes asks if I have something she can give as a gift and I have to tell her I don’t have anything because I gave it all away 🙂


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