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strip pieced potholder

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strip pieced potholder with appliqued clover centre block

With the Spring Holidays fast approaching I thought I would share an alternate version of the Strip Pieced Potholder.

For this potholder I am using a simple applique centre block and then adding the strips the same way around the centre square, foundation piecing style.

I am using Heat n Bond fusible webbing on the wrong side of the fabric, then traced the clover shape and cut it out.  When you peel the paper off the fabric shape becomes fusible.  After fusing it to the centre block I used a small zigzag stitch around the edges.

Appliqued clover centre quilt block, strips will be added to complete the potholder

You can actually use any shape or mini pieced  block you would like measuring 4 – 4 1/2″ unfinished or slightly smaller. I also used a no binding finishing method, but you can also use bias tape.

The Strip Pieced Potholder finished with pieced bias binding is a small scrap and strip friendly project for any season!  All year round I have quilting projects on the go. I find that quilting is a therapeutic activity.  I like small projects on days when I just have a small amount of time.  Recently, I had a little potholder project going. I like to use them for gifts and also I needed some in my kitchen.

This potholder project is one that uses up scraps if you have them.  I don’t know about you but I have lots of scraps and I was happy to use some of them up! I also used pieced bias binding.

To start this project I went through my containers of strips and got some of them out and started sewing them together.  You can cut strips 1.5 inches wide x 7 inches long, as I did in the Christmas version of this potholder.  Then I trimmed them to the width I wanted so all the edges were even.

strips sewn together
Christmas fabric strips sewn together for strip pieced potholder
trimmed strips for strip pieced potholder
6.5 inches wide x 12.5 inches long

After I trimmed the strip set, I cut a 9.5 inch square of Insul Bright batting and backing fabric and laid them on top of each other.  Then I laid the strip set on top of it corner to corner (diagonally) and pinned it down.  Now it was time to stitch it down.  I stitched mostly in the ditch of each seam, but you could choose to stitch it less as long as it is stitched through all layers in 2 – 3 places.  This full tutorial is available as an e Course! You can take the class by clicking on the button below!

Next step, I started adding strips in the other direction, like foundation piecing. The first one I lined up right sides together and sewed a 1/4″ seam and then pressed it out flat with right sides up, and topstitched it down. I continued this way on both sides until all the batting was covered.

Quilting vertical strips tutorial

I continued this way on both sides until all the batting was covered and it looked like this. I then trimmed the excess overhanging strips off even with my original batting square.  Now we have a nicely trimmed square.

quilted strip pieced potholder trimmed
strip potholder tutorial untrimmed

For the backing, I cut a backing fabric 9.5″ x 9.5″ and also a piece of Insul-Bright the same size. I placed them on top of each other and quilted them together.  I was practising my free motion quilting skills, but you could do something as simple as stitching an X from corner to corner.  It just needs some stitching to keep the two pieces together.

quilted backing with Insul Bright
pinning the binding on the quilted potholder
Strip Pieced Bias Binding is pinned to the back of potholder

To put everything together, you take both the strip-pieced top and the back you just put together and place them together, pinning them. I like to stitch them together along the edge 1/4″ or less all the way around, but it may not be necessary.  I just like to have it as one piece.

Last step, to finish it; is to add the binding.  I used pieced bias binding, but you could use bias tape or finish with a pocket backing. Any of these methods make a nice finish.

Either way you want to pin your binding to the back, starting at one corner.  At this first corner I fold back the binding 3/8″.  On the next two corners, take the binding right to the edge, pin it at 1/4″ and then turn it and place it even with the next edge and continuing pinning. At the corner where you started you want to pin it and leave a 3″ tail.

After it is all pinned, you want to stitch it down using a 1/4″ seam allowance. When you come to the first corner, stop 1/4″ before the edge of the fabric, lift up your presser foot and turn the fabric to go the next direction, then put the presser foot down and backstitch to the edge of the fabric. Then flatten out the bulge of fabric at the corner over the side you just stitched so it lines up with the side you are going to stitch down and continue stitching till the next corner.  Repeat the same thing for the next two corners. Coming up to the corner where you began stitch the seam right to the corner and to the end of 3″tail on your binding. Now you are ready to turn the binding to the front side and pin it down.  Almost there!

Turn the binding to the right side, press and pin it.  On the long tail, you will press the seam towards the centre and the folded edge will cover it.  Start stitching on the long tail and all around the potholder.  On the corners you will have to fold them so they are mitred and stitch them in place.  Coming around to the beginning, take the long tail and fold it towards the potholder and tuck it into the binding and stitch down.  I usually backstitch and make sure it is stitched well. All finished!  Don’t forget to get your FREE e course by clicking the button below!

Strip pieced bias binding on finished potholder
Strip Pieced Potholder, Christmas colours. Great for using scraps and strips! Heat resistant too!
Strip pieced potholder
Strip pieced potholder back

You should have a potholder that will keep heat from damaging anything due to the Insul-Bright and it  should be durable.

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17 Comments on Quilting A Strip-Quilted Potholder – A Tutorial

  1. I love this, I do this too but I use the Insul-Bright on both sides that way either side is insulated and two layers between me and the hot pots/pans is bettter than one! Can you tell I’ve been burned one too many times!

  2. what size binding did you use? 2 1/2 – how Long? At the corner where you started your binding how far away from the edge did you start.

    • I cut all my binding 3″ wide and then fold in half and press lengthwise. For length you would need a length equal to the perimeter of the potholder plus about 5″. This may be too long, but you can shorten once you get it stitched on.At the corner where I started, I began the binding 1/4″ in. I hope this is helpful. Let me know in the comments if you have more questions.

  3. After the whole top and back were put together, I would add additional sides bound in the center. That way you could slide your hand into these sides and the pot holder won’t fall off when you bend it to pick up a hot pot or dish from the open. Of course you would continue binding as directed. Thanks for allowing me to add my input.

  4. Love these strip pot holders, yours looks like a beautiful log cabin so to speak. What I noticed about yours is the beautiful loop in the potholder; however, I didn’t seem to catch the instructions for that aspect of the pot holder. It looks looped around, but I can’t tell if you measured the loop to fit in place before hand or sewed it in as you were binding. Would like to know how you did that. I always find myself struggling when tryin to inserting a loop in between the binding and the potholder. Thank you for your support. : )

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