A potholder is necessary in every kitchen! This handy potholder makes use of any scraps of linen you have from previous crafts.’
This easy-to-make version is so simple and is incredibly useful in the kitchen.’ They are also perfect for cute, functional gifts for your friends and family.
- A thick piece of linen, such as 4C22 or IL090.
- Mixed scraps of linen
- Cotton batting (Insul-Bright is recommended for more protection- thanks Vivian for the tip!)
- Sewing machine
- 2-3 inches of ribbon (optional)
Start by cutting your thicker piece of linen for the back of your potholder. ‘ Measure this to be 6″x9.
Next, cut pieces of linen into 6″ long strips. ‘ The widths and shapes of these can vary to create a more interesting design.
Cut enough strips to cover your 9″ long backing.
Remember, you can choose whatever colors and patterns you like!
Pin together your strips and then sew them together. ‘ Start by sewing two pieces together and then add another strip as you until you connect them all.
I made this easier for myself by just using the sewing machine to top-stitch each piece together.’ I think the visible seam adds a charming design to the potholders.
Measure this piece at 6″x9″ as well and cut off the reminder lengths.
Cut the cotton batting a little larger than the 6″x9″ piece of linen. ‘ It doesn’t have to be perfect! We are going to trim the access off later.
Cut two pieces of cotton batting of the same size to work with.
Sew one piece of the cotton batting to the backing piece of linen using a sewing machine. ‘ Then sew the second piece to the front side of your potholder.
Now, sew these two pieces together. ‘ To do this, place the linen sides facing together with the cotton batting on the outside. ‘ Sew each side and leave a little space of about 2 inches.
Flip the potholder inside out through this gap so the linen is on the outside. ‘ Poke the corners out with a pencil so they lay flat and aren’t bulky. ‘ You can stitch the gap shut by hand or with your sewing machine.
If you like, you can insert and sew a piece of ribbon to your potholder so you can hang it in your kitchen. ‘ Sewing the ribbon in is super easy; just stick it in after you flip the potholder right-side out and sew it on.
There you have it! ‘ Bust out your creative side and try different different designs!
*I hope you enjoyed learning how to make potholders with a unique design made of your leftover scraps of linen! ‘ Visit us on Facebook to interact with more craft lovers!