Special Message Pot Holder

    Posted by  ·  September 7, 2011

    Hello Skip To My Lou Readers!! I am so excited to be a part of the Holiday Bake, Craft & Sew Along!

    My name is Bev and I blog at Flamingo Toes. I love to sew, make things for my home, and I definitely have a weakness for jewelry. 🙂

    I also love sewing cute things for kitchen!

    For the Sew Along, I wanted to come up with a gift that was fun and easy to make - but that people don't always remember to buy for themselves.

    I thought that some cute Pot Holders would be just the thing! It's more fun to cook and bake with cute pot holders don't you think?

    I have two versions for you today - here's the first:

    I have been loving all the "lined paper" projects around and I thought that the idea was perfect for a fun, ok . . . silly, pot holder.

    Here's what you'll need to make your own:

    For Front Piece of Potholder -

    White Fabric - 2 pieces 8" x 8 1/2"

    Pellon Insul-fleece - 1 piece 8" x 8 1/2"

    Pellon lightweight batting - 1 piece 8" x 8 1/2"

    For Back Piece of Potholder -

    Back Fabric - 2 pieces 10" x 8 1/2"

    Pellon Insul-fleece - 1 piece 10" x 8 1/2"

    Pellon Lightweight Batting - 1 Piece 8" x 8 1/2"

    For Binding -

    1 piece cut on bias - 3" x 42"

    1 piece cut on bias - 3" x 9"

    How To Make A Pot Holder

    Cut out your fabrics. Lay your pieces so that the small front pieces are together and the back pieces are together.

    For the Front of the Pot Holder, make a sandwich with the two white pieces of fabric on the outsides, right sides out, and the Insul-fleece and batting inside.

    Sew 1/4" around all the sides to hold everything together.

    Measure down from the top 1 1/2" and draw a line across the rectangle with a disappearing marking pen. Mark the next line 3/4" below that.

    Continue marking lines down the rectangle until you reach the bottom.

    With blue thread, sew across the marked lines. Go over the top line 4 times and the other lines 2 times.

    Measure 1 1/2" from the left side and mark a vertical line down the rectangle. Sew over this line with red thread 4 times.

    With your marking pen, write out your clever phrase on the fabric. Embroider the letters with a simple stem stitch.

    Fold the 9" piece of binding in half, wrong sides together and press.

    On the back side of the front piece, lay the raw edges along the top edge of the rectangle. Sew down with a 3/8" seam allowance.

    Fold the binding over to the front of the rectangle and sew it down just inside the folded edge.

    For the back of the Pot Holder, make a sandwich with the fabric and fleeces just like you did with the front.

    Sew 1/4" around all the sides, then sew vertical lines down the rectangle 1" apart.

    Lay the front of the pot holder over the back with the bottom sides matching up. Trim off any excess and sew the sides and bottom together with a 1/4" seam allowance.

    Trim the corners so they are just a little bit rounded.

    Bind the potholder around all four sides, just like you did for the top of the front piece.

    Cute huh? And so quick! I love having the little pocket to slide my hand in.

    I'm a bit of a klutz so the more protected my hands are when I stick them in the oven, the better!

    The back is super cute too!

    If you prefer something that is a little more "traditional" you can use the same steps as above. You can adjust the size easily too!

    This version is a little smaller - 7 1/2" x 9" finished - and has rows of little embroidered running stitches on the front in the same colors as the cute retro fabric in the back.

    I did the little running stitches around the edge of the binding in front too.

    I pretty much love them both. 😉

    I hope you like them too!

    If you need more gift ideas, I'd love for you to come on over and visit! I have lots of simple jewelry and accessory tutorials - like these Sweet Skinny Headbands!

    Thanks for including me in this great series!


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    1. Tuesday, September 20th, 2011
      I love the way you made the notepaper!
    2. Neeta
      Thursday, September 15th, 2011
      How lovely! KJ at Let's go Fly a Kite made something similar for Father's Day in June. Check it out at

      http://letsgoflyakiteuptothehighestheight.blogspot.com/2011/06/what-would-charles-ingalls-do.html
    3. Neeta
      Wednesday, September 14th, 2011
      Lovely! KJ at Let's Go Fly a Kite made something similar for Father's Day, and added eyelets. Be sure to check it out at:

      http://letsgoflyakiteuptothehighestheight.blogspot.com/2011/06/what-would-charles-ingalls-do.html
    4. Neeta
      Wednesday, September 14th, 2011
      Lovely! KJ at Let's Go Fly a Kite made something similar in June for Father's Day. She added eyelets for a true lined paper look.

      Check it out at:

      http://letsgoflyakiteuptothehighestheight.blogspot.com/2011/06/what-would-charles-ingalls-do.html
    5. Neeta
      Wednesday, September 14th, 2011
      Lovely! KJ at Let's Go Fly a Kite made something similar in June for Father's Day, and added eyelets to make it look like binder paper!

      http://letsgoflyakiteuptothehighestheight.blogspot.com/2011/06/what-would-charles-ingalls-do.html
    6. Neeta
      Wednesday, September 14th, 2011
      http://letsgoflyakiteuptothehighestheight.blogspot.com/2011/06/what-would-charles-ingalls-do.html

      KJ at Let's Go Fly a Kite did something very similar in June for Father's Day, and added eyelets to make it look like binder paper!
    7. Sunday, September 11th, 2011
      This is so darn cute! Love the look of these and the message is fun!
    8. Saturday, September 10th, 2011
      I loved this project so much, I shared it in my Saturday Seven lineup this week! http://www.positivelysplendid.com/2011/09/saturday-seven-no-22.html
    9. Friday, September 9th, 2011
      Bev I love this! Seriously so fun and that quote has me laughing so hard!!! Very cute idea!
    10. Friday, September 9th, 2011
      Bev I love these! Seriously so fun and the quote has me laughing so hard!!! Very cute idea!
    11. Thursday, September 8th, 2011
      I love it! Made me giggle and I showed it to my husband, you're so clever. I want to make one for myself just so I can smile whenever I open my potholder drawer.
    12. Thursday, September 8th, 2011
      Ohhh I am so making this for my 25 year old sister in law. She's going to love it!!!!
    13. Thursday, September 8th, 2011
      Bev - I think this is adorable! I love it!!! Will probably feature it this weekend, so cute :)
    14. Wednesday, September 7th, 2011
      Fun idea Bev!! The ruled paper idea has so many possibilities!
    15. Wednesday, September 7th, 2011
      This is the neatest potholder ever. Such a neat design idea. Thank you for sharing this with the rest of us.
    16. Wednesday, September 7th, 2011
      Love this Bev!! the color combos are great!!
    17. Wednesday, September 7th, 2011
      The lined paper look is so clever - it's the first time I've seen it!
    18. Wednesday, September 7th, 2011
      This made me laugh, super cute! I love it!!
    19. Wednesday, September 7th, 2011
      these potholders made me squeeeeeeeee!
    20. Wednesday, September 7th, 2011
      These are adorable!!!!
    21. Wednesday, September 7th, 2011
      I love it! I can't wait to make some. :)
    22. Wednesday, September 7th, 2011
      LOVE this!!! Thanks for the tutorial! :)
    23. SuzyMcQ
      Wednesday, September 7th, 2011
      Thank you so much! I've seen tons of potholder tuts, but this is adorable and really fits the bill.

      Could you please tell me the name/designer of the vintage-looking fabric on your second potholder, please? It is so perfect for this project and matches my kitchen perfectly!

      Thanks.....
    24. Wednesday, September 7th, 2011
      These potholders are absolutely adorable! I love them!!
    25. Lisa Carter
      Wednesday, September 7th, 2011
      I now know what I' making for teacher presents! Too cute!!
    26. Lisa Carter
      Wednesday, September 7th, 2011
      I now know what I'm making for teacher Christmas presents!!
      Too cute!
    27. Wednesday, September 7th, 2011
      I love this! And your second version reminded me that I still have scraps leftover from my mixer and food processor covers...
    28. Wednesday, September 7th, 2011
      Oh wow... this is definitely the best pot holder I've ever seen... I love the design and colors! Thanks for the great tutorial!
    29. Wednesday, September 7th, 2011
      Oh my word, TOO adorable, Bev! I absolutely love both versions! And I love how your sewing and stitches really did all the work in the formation of the overall look of the pot holders. *sigh* I really DO need to learn to sew!!! :)
    30. Suzanne
      Wednesday, September 7th, 2011
      It is just SO clever to use the blue thread to make the notebook paper. I have a vision of what to do with this...