handmade pot holders (easy tutorial)

Here’s an easy tutorial to sew your own pot holders.

Do you know what’s better than making diy accessories and clothes? Making diy stuff for your home! The things is that I moved to my own home recently and, even though this is an amazing experience on its own, I’m in a 100% creative nirvana where I enjoy creating home stuff for my everyday life. Using handmade things upgrades the whole «living on your own» experience.

pot holders tutorial

In this post, I share with you how to make a pair of handmade pot holders for your home. Soups, and pies, season is almost here, and they’ll be needed. A sewing machine is quite helpful, otherwise it can be sewn by hand, but it will take a lot of time.

You will need:

  • cotton fabric
  • old terry cloth towel (100% cotton)
  • fabric for a loop to hang the pot holder (optional – it can be the same cotton fabric)
  • tailor’s chalk or something to mark fabric
  • sewing machine
  • measuring tape
  • sewing scissors
  • threads
  • pins
  • iron


  • Cut out two 23×23 cm squares from the cotton fabric.
  • Cut out two 23×23 cm squares from the old terry cloth towel. You can use one square if you want a lighter pot holder, but for safety reasons, better use two squares.
  • Place one square of cotton fabric facing down, and place on top of it a square of the cloth towel. Pin them together and sew along the sides, leaving 1 cm seam allowance.
  • Do the previous step again, for the second square of fabric and the second cloth towel.
  • Place the two sewn pieces while the squares of the cotton fabric facing each other. Pin together. Sew along the sides, leaving a 6 cm opening in one side to pull the insides out.
  • Trim the edges, sew the corners diagonally to secure them and clip the rest.
  • Turn the insides out by gently pulling the fabric through the opening.
  • Cut out a 12×5 cm rectangle from the cotton fabric. Fold in half (the right side facing inside), pin together and sew along. Turn it inside out.
  • Iron it, fold in half, place it in the opening and pin the edges inside the pot holders.
  • Iron the pot holder and sew along the edges, leaving a 0,5 cm seam allowance. This secures the cloth inside, the loop and closes the opening at the bottom.
  • It’s all done, but for decoration you can design a pattern if you want, like lines or an “X”.
pot holders

Hope you liked this tutorial for handmade pot holders. What do you think?

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Goodbye until next time! – Angeliki

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