Christmas Sewing - Round Potholder and a Tutorial!

I've been doing a bit of holiday sewing! I have lots of "orphan" paper piecing blocks and thought it would be fun to make something from them.  I've created a pattern and tutorial - my little holiday gift to you!!

Round Potholder Tutorial

by Charise Randell

 A fun take on the traditional potholder, this potholder is circular and has cute decorative trim on the pocket.  It can also be used as trivet or mug rug or to hang in your kitchen to add a bit of cheer  : )  It is finished with bias binding trim.

The paper piecing blocks can be found in my  Etsy Shop.
Or use an orphaned paper pieced block or quilt block of your own!
The Circle Template Pattern Link Is Here.

1 foundation pieced block or quilt block 8” or smaller
1 ~  9 ½” square Insul-Fleece or Insul-Brite insulated batting
1 ~ 9 ½” square batting
1 ~ 9 ½” x 7 ½” piece batting
1 ~ 9 ½” square Print fabric for the back of the potholder
2~ 9 ½” x 7 ½” pieces print fabric for Pocket
 30” - ½” wide double fold Bias Binding ~or~ ½ yard fabric to make your own (this includes the top of pocket binding and the hanging loop)
6” – ½” wide double fold Bias Binding ~or~ 6” length  3/8” to ½” wide ribbon for hanging the loop
9” – ½” wide double fold Bias Binding for top of pocket
Matching Thread
9” length of Decorative Trim, at least 3/8” wide - Ric Rac, Lace, etc…..
Basting Spray
1” bias tape maker if making your own binding (optional)
Walking Foot (optional)

 Making your binding – **If you are not using purchased binding**
1. Cut three lengths 20” x 1 7/8” bias strips.  Grain line should be 45 degree from selvage edge.

2.  Stitch the two of the strips together. The third strip will be used for the top of pocket binding and the hanging loop.
3. Make the bias binding:
  -a. Use your bias tape maker and follow the manufacturer directions
  -b. With the wrong side facing you, fold your bias strip in half along the long edge. Press.
Open the strip and fold the edges to the center crease and press.
4. Repeat step 3a or 3b for the third bias strip.

 Assemble your Block

1. Assemble your foundation paper pieced block or quilt block.
Add Borders so the block measures 9 ½”.

 Prepare the Potholder

1. Make a quilt sandwich with the block:
Place one square of the print fabric wrong side up.  Place one square of the batting on top.
Place the square of insulated fleece on the top.  Place the pp block right side up.
Baste all layers with basting spray.

 2. Quilt as desired.  I like to do an echo quilting design around my paper pieced blocks.

 3.  Using the circle template, center the template on the top of the quilt sandwich.  Trace around the template.
Stitch ¼” inside the line with a basting stitch.  Cut around the template line.

Prepare the Pocket

1.  Make a quilt sandwich:
Place one square of the print fabric wrong side up.  Place one square of the batting on top.
Place one print square right side up.
Baste with basting spray.

 2. Quilt the pocket as desired. I used a diamond stitch for mine.

 3. Place the pocket template on the quilted pocket piece and trace around the template.
Stitch ¼” inside the line with a basting stitch.  Cut around the template line.

 4. Mark a line ¾” down from the top edge. Place the the trim on the top straight edge, so that the bottom edge of the trim meets the line. Baste in place.
*Note, if you’d like more of the trim to show, mark the line lower than ¾”*

 5. Stitch the Bias binding to the top edge, placing the right side of binding to right side of pocket lining matching the raw edges at the top.
Stitch with a 3/8” stitch. 

Fold bias to the right side of the pocket.
Hand slip stitch or machine edge stitch the bias binding edge.

Finish the potholder

1. Place the pocket right side up on the back side of the potholder.  Match raw edges. Baste around the perimeter.
2.  Make and attach the hanging loop:
a. Fold a 6” length of the bias tape wrong sides together, Edgestitch.
b. Fold a length of 6” ribbon together wrong side to wrong side.

~Place the loop, to the top center of the Back potholder matching raw edges at the top.
Baste in Place.

3. Attach Binding trim to the Perimeter to the potholder:
a. Fold one short side of the bias binding under on wrong side for 3/8”.
b. Place the folded edge of the bias binding on the pocket side at the center bottom, right side binding to right side pocket.
4. Stitch the binding to the pocket side of the potholder with a 3/8” stitch.  When you reach the starting point, overlap the binding over the folded edge by  ½”.
5. Fold the bias binding to the right side of the pothholder and hand slip stitch or machine edge stitch the binding to the outside potholder just covering the stitching.

Yay....your potholder is complete!!!!
I'd love to see your version.  Pls post pictures to my Charise Creates Flickr Group here.


  1. These are adorable! Love your fabric choices...and a wonderful tutorial! Thank you!

  2. I love your paper piecing on those pot holders--they turned out so beautiful! Thanks for the tutorial!

  3. too cute! The apron is the cutest thing I've ever seen, I might have to make some: they would make an incredible quilt!!

  4. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful pattern and you have the most wonderful ideas. I really appreciate you taking the time to do a tutorial for all the people who are a little hesitant to tackle a new project.

    I have one question, when you quilt thru the insulated fleece, will that let your hands get burned. Will it be better to quilt before you with one layer of batting then add all the layers unless you don't plan to use it. Only use it for displaying on the wall. My daughter has my aunt's displayed on her wall because they are a family heirloom. I love the apron pattern. Thank you.

    1. I went to the Pellon website and here are the details for the insulated fleece:

      975 Insul-Fleece

      Insulated, needle-punched polyester fleece on to metalized mylar. Great for: Pot holders, table pads, lunch totes and more.

      -- 45" wide
      -- 93.75% Polyester
      -- 6.25% Metalized Mylar

      If you plan to use the 975 Insul-Fleece in a project that will come in contact with any object over 400 degrees we recommend that you place a layer or two of cotton batting between the Insul-Fleece and the fabric that will come in contact with the hot object. This will help prevent the Polyester in the Insul-Fleece from melting.

      As Insul-Fleece is made of 6.25% Metalized Mylar, it should never be used in the microwave. If you're making a project that will need to be microwaved, you should use only 100% cotton materials.

      ***Based on this, if you are worried about overheating the hot pad, I'd add another layer of fleece between the top layer and the insulated fleece : )

    2. suggestion: I made some small 'handle grabbers' with terry cloth (it stretches) for round metal pan/pot lid knobs that are hot to the touch. Regular pot holders are too bulky for a good grip on the lid knob. The small pot holders don't stay on lid knob. Use terry dish rag, cutting it into a circle, about ten (10) inches or less in circumference. Make narrow hem along raw edge. To encase elastic, sew a piece of stretchable material, or bias tape in a circle(both sides of tape, obviously) about three (3) inches from center of project. Thread a light weight, narrow piece of elastic inside encasement that is 'open' on the ends. pull up elastic to gather just enough so it will stretch and fit snuggly around lid knob without falling off. Sew elastic ends together. Sew encasement shut. (Washable)

  5. These are just adorable! Thank you sew much for the awesome tutorial and for sharing it with us. They will make a perfect gift for my daughter (and me!).

    Cathy ♥

  6. these are lovely and thanks for the tutorial

  7. Thanks for the tutorial. I've been admiring your apple design for awhile and I think that would make a great pot holder too.

  8. These pot holders are definitely far too nice to use on hot things straight out of the oven! My husband, the cook of the family, would have them scorched in no time! They would look lovely hanging on the wall though! So sweet!

  9. Absolutely gorgeous! Thanks so much for the tutorial, and your other tutorials too - I've only recently found your site. I'm new to paper piecing and your clear instructions and gorgeous patterns have really given me the confidence to give it a go. Thanks so much!

  10. You are one amazingly talented lady. I adore these!!!

  11. These are just too sweet! Thanks for making this tutorial available for us!

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  14. I tried to link to the circular template for the round potholders and it gave me error 404. Could you e-mail me a copy of the template.

    Thanks, Melanie Jackson melaniejackson93@yahoo.com


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