Patchwork Potholders Tutorial
Sherri from A Quilting life shared these cute potholders recently, and I thought they were just too nice to not be shared with everyone. If you click here, it will take you directly to her .pdf instructions that you may print and use for your personal use.
Let’s take a look at how these are constructed. Sherri did not use the quilt-as-you-go method; instead she made the potholders with scrappy fabrics leftover from earlier jelly roll projects – 2.5″ size squares. I find myself now cutting scraps that are near this size into 2.5″ x 2.5″ blocks right away, and storing them in an airtight container. I have a growing pile of these squares along with a drawer full of strips of various sizes. Sometime those will make a wonderful project – maybe lots of these potholders, or placemats or even a baby quilt. The possibilities are endless – it’s just more time is what I need.
Sherri’s pattern includes two sizes for the potholders – the one pictured in 20-blocks (8.5″ x 10.5″) or also a 16-block (8.5″ x 8.5″ square) smaller size. She layers batting and InsulBrite to resist heat, and then picked another larger sized scrap/fabric for the backing. She made a hang tab and matching binding, and she chose to round the edges which would require the binding to be cut on the bias to be more curve-friendly when attaching. You do not need to round the corners if you prefer the square version – it is totally up to you!
Sherri also machine quilted these and hand sewed her binding down. The hand sewing of the binding is my favorite part of the project! It is the last step before the quilt can be used or admired, and when it is a quilt I love snuggling under then as I sew the binding. Bindings can also be sewed down by machine, and I have a tutorial that I will share later for a different spin on the look of the machine sewn binding.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial from Sherri. I think I need to make a few of these in green hues for the kitchen. I have a lot of kitchen supplies in red-friendly colors since my previous kitchen was red and white – it’s been seven years since we moved and I think it’s about time I updated my linens. How about you? Are you interested in making some potholder, either for yourself or for gifts?