How To Make Pot Holders With Sewing Machine


Pot holders are a vital part of any home kitchen as they can keep your hands safe while handling hot dishes. Traditionally made from fabric, pot holders are relatively easy to make when combined with a sewing machine. Sewing machines can provide a sturdy and well-made finish to the project, as well as allowing you to create more intricate and individual designs. This article will provide a step by step guide to sewing pot holders using a standard sewing machine, as well as some useful tips for trouble-free sewing.

Gathering Materials

The first step to making your own pot holders is gathering the materials you need. This project is relatively easy and can be achieved with minimal equipment. All you will need is: fabric, scissors, needle and thread, pins, a sewing machine, and batting to create the quilted effect. Try to get a sturdy, durable fabric that can stand the test of time and heat. Once you have all the required materials, you are ready to begin.

Cutting and Assembling the Fabric

Cut two rectangular pieces of fabric, one for the front and one for the back of the pot holder. The front of the pot holder should be one that you are happy to show, so pick a fabric with a pattern or colour you like. The back fabric should be a plain, solid colour. Once you have cut the two pieces of fabric to size, pin them together on the wrong side, then sew the two pieces together. Make sure you back stitch at each end of the sewing line to provide extra strength to the pot holder.

Adding the Batting

Batting is a thick, padded layer that gives the pot holder additional protection and heat resistance. Cut two small pieces of batting, still in two rectangles, slightly smaller than the two already cut pieces of fabric. Place a piece of batting on the wrong side of the pot holder, then pin it in place. Sew both pieces of batting to the fabric, making sure to back stitch at the end of each stitch line.

Folding and Sewing the Edges

Fold the pot holder along the stitched line, so that the fabric for front and back are both facing outwards. Pin the edges of the holder together to hold it in place, then sew around the edges to seal the pot holder. Make sure to back stitch again at each side of the sewing line. To finish off, turn the holder inside out so that the finished side is facing outwards.

Creating Quilted Patterns

Adding quilted patterns to the pot holder is a great way to add a finished, professional touch. Quilting will also add extra heat protection to the holder. To do this, select a design to create, and draw the pattern onto the surface of the holder. Use pins to mark the start and end points of the pattern. Sew a decorative stitching line along the design, and remove the pins when done.

Finishing Touches

To finish the project, apply a binding or trim along the edges of the pot holder. This will hold the edges of the holder together and add an extra layer of protection. You can also add loops for hanging, as well as labels of your choice. Finally, inspect your pot holder for any loose stitching, then press it with a hot iron to set the fabric.

Tips for Sewing Pot Holders

Sewing your own pot holders doesn’t have to be a daunting process. Here are some helpful tips to help you achieve the best results.

  • Use a thick, durable fabric that can stand the test of heat and time.
  • Choose a design or pattern that you are comfortable with.
  • Make sure to secure the edges of the pot holder with stitching, Trim or Binding.
  • Apply a hot iron to the pot holder to secure the fabric.
  • Store pot holders in a dry, dust-free environment.
  • Replace pot holders if they are frayed or overly worn.


Making pot holders with a sewing machine is a simple, but rewarding task that requires very minimal materials. Once you have gathered the essential materials, and familiarised yourself with the steps involved, you can create pot holders for any kitchen design. With a few extra embellishments and decorations, you can create an individual and unique pot holder – perfect for any home.

Geoffrey Kirby is an experienced author and sewist who has been creating sewn projects for over 20 years. He has a passion for teaching beginners and inspiring more advanced sewists both online and through his writings. Outside of writing about sewing, Geoffrey loves to explore new techniques and styles of sewing that incorporate upcycling fabric remnants into sweet items with personality.

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