Dress Up Your Holiday Table With These Easy Holiday Potholders!
Who doesn’t need and use potholders? Potholders are an essential in every kitchen. This holiday season, make some simple holiday potholders. These potholders are heat resistant and look very nice. They will add a decorative touch to any table, as well as protect your table. All of your hot dishes will be easy to handle using potholders.
What Do You Need to Make Potholders?
Some scraps or fat quarters will work well for making potholders. They don’t take much fabric, so it is easy to use up leftovers from another project. Since these are holiday potholders, 3 – 4 fat quarters in holiday colours would be a nice choice.
3 – 4 fat quarters or the equivalent in scraps
2 pieces of InsulBright batting per potholder
1 piece of backing fabric the same size as the pieced front per potholder
This tutorial will walk you through the basics of making holiday potholders. Generally speaking, you can change how the potholder looks by your choice of fabrics and by the design of the potholder. I often use a quilt block that I have made up as a trial for a quilt project that I am planning, but that is just one idea! Now let’s get on to making holiday potholders!
Step 1 Figure out what pattern or design you will use
For this tutorial, several versions will be shown so there will be some variety in the appearance of the finished product and skills used to complete the potholders.
Step 2 Choose your fabrics and cut your pieces out.
Step 3 Sew the pieced fronts together
Potholder 1 is a Strip Quilted Potholder.
I pieced a mini star quilt block in the centre and added strips on all the sides. You can find the tutorial for the mini star block HERE. I pieced the mini blocked and then centered it on the 9” square of batting.
Then I used 1 1/2” strips and added them on opposite sides and then repeated the strips for the other two sides. Once you have all the strips sewn on, trim the wings the same size as the batting. Then you will add the quilted backing and finish it with binding of your choice. This could be bias tape or strip pieced bias binding which is my choice. You can find a tutorial here for strip pieced bias binding.
Potholder 2 is a Peppermint Pinwheel Block.
Eight flying geese blocks are arranged and sewn together to make a pinwheel in the centre. And then quilted to the Insul-Bright batting. Flying geese blocks are used in different ways in quilting to achieve different looks. Fabric placement will determine what they look like. The points are often used as star points, like in the sawtooth star block.
For this potholder the points are background or light fabric and the larger triangle portion is red or green.
To make the flying geese blocks for this potholder we will make 4 red and 4 green blocks.
Make Flying Geese Blocks
Cut 16 background squares measuring 2 3/8″ x 2 3/8″. Cut 8 rectangles (4 red, 4 green) measuring 2 3/8″ x 4 1/4″. Then draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the wrong side of all your small background squares. Get my full Flying Geese Tutorial Here.
Next pin one small square to each rectangle right sides together and matching the corners. the diagonal line needs to go from the top centre of the rectangle to the outside corner. Stitch on your drawn line. When I am making multiple blocks I pin them all and then sew them all.
Take your quilting ruler and I like to use one with the 1/4″ line marked and place the 1/4″ on your stitching line and trim the upper corner off leaving a 1/4″ seam allowance.
Repeat this for all your rectangles. Set the seam with your iron and then flip the corner up and press with the seam allowance towards the corner piece. Now place the remaining small squares on the other corner and repeat for all the rectangles. Once they are all pressed you should have 4 red and 4 green flying geese blocks. Get my tutorial to make No Waste Flying Geese.
Now we sew the geese together in pairs with the green on top and the red on the bottom. Press the seams toward the green blocks. Lay out the blocks forming a pinwheel and sew together. If you want to make this block with a green pinwheel then just reverse the order of the geese before sewing. Better yet lay out the geese in a pattern to your liking!
After all are sewn together and pressed, centre on a 9″ square of Insul-Bright and stitch in the ditch to keep together. Then add a 1″ framing strip around all the edges.
Potholder 3 is a Sawtooth Star Block.
I used Christmas colours and fabrics for this block. For the centre square I cut a 4″ x 4″ square and 2 background squares measuring 4″ x 4″. Cut the two background squares in half diagonally so you have 4 triangles.
Sew one triangle to the top and bottom of the centre block and press the seam towards the triangle. Repeat for the other two sides. Square up the block to measure 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″. Get a PDF version of this Star block here.
Make 4 flying geese blocks, using background fabric for the larger section and your coloured fabric for the points. Cut 4 rectangles measuring 5 1/2″ x 3″ and 8 squares 3″ x 3″. Remember the squares are the star points so use the fabric chosen for the star. Make the geese blocks following the tutorial above. Trim and press.
Cut four background squares 3″ x 3″. Layout the block as shown in the diagram and sew together. Press the seams open to cut down on the bulkiness of the block. It should measure approximately 10 1/4″ square. Get a printable PDF tutorial and instructions for this Star Block here. Once you have the pieced front together you quilt it to the batting.
Step 4 Prepare the Backing
Cut a backing fabric to the same size are the pieced front and also a piece of Insul-Bright. You can quilt the two together or stitch an X from corner to corner. you only need to have them attached and act as one piece.
Step 5 Finish with Binding
In this step you put the two pieces together. Stitch closely to the edge to keep the holiday potholders together. Add your binding to finish the potholder, as shown above for potholder #1. You can use bias tape or some other fabric binding. I like to use strip pieced bias binding and you can find the strip pieced bias binding tutorial HERE.
Holiday potholders make awesome gifts for the holidays. You can use other fabric palettes and the potholders would be for another season or occasion!