Strip Pieced Bias Binding to finish your strip pieced potholder!

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 and you can get  free printable instructions on how to make pieced bias binding here.

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.

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

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.Strip Pieced Bias Binding is pinned to the back of potholder



Last step, to finish it; is to add the binding.  I used pieced bias binding.  You can get a tutorial and a printable instruction sheet here for the binding.  You could use bias tape as well. 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 PDF instruction sheet with tutorial for strip pieced bias binding here!

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.

These make incredible gifts!  Enjoy!   Affiliate disclosure

15 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.

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