Sunday, October 31, 2010

Double Potholder Tutorial

I've finished my first handmade holiday gift! I finished it earlier in the week, but I spent my whole week painting and never got around to posting this. So, without further ado, here double potholder tutorial!

Have you ever seen a double potholder? The only time I've ever seen one was about a year ago at Target when they had the whole Orla Kiely thing happening. I promptly bought it and burned a hole through it as quickly as possible.

The principle behind the double potholder is that traditional potholders protect your hands, but leave your wrists and forearms open to getting burned on hot pans and cookie sheets coming out of the oven. I know I've burned my forearms more than once on a cookie sheet in my pre-double potholder days!

These are super easy to make and make super cute little stocking stuffers. This one is going to my mother-in-law - Merry Christmas Gayle!

2 pieces of fabric, 29 inches long by 6.5 inches wide
4 pieces of contrasting fabric, 7.5 inches long by 6.5 inches wide
3 yards of bias binding
Insul-bright or other insultation (batting), 29 inches long by 6.5 inches wide

First, we need to round out the edges of our fabric to make them like mits. So, grab something with a rounded edge (A bowl works great. I used an awesome bucket from the toy room) and round the 6.5inch edges of all your fabric pieces and Insul-Bright.

(I changed my mind on fabric mid-project. Sorry for the discontinuity!)

Next, grab your bias binding. I'm using some Christmas patchwork I had hanging around to make a scrappy-look binding. Take your mit pieces (the 7.5 x 6.5 pieces), pin them wrong sides together, and apply the bias binding to the straight edge.

Want to quilt your potholder? Awesome! Now is the time. My quilting technique of choice for this project was to outline some of the trees on the fabric with my stitches. 

Now, make one big fabric sandwich in the following order, starting at the bottom:
1 Mit piece, right side down
1 Body (long piece), right side down
1 Body piece, right side up
1 Mit piece, right side up

Pin all the layers together.

Grab the rest of your bias binding, and bind away! Snip a little piece (maybe 3 inches) to fold in half and put in the middle for a hanging loop, and make sure you catch that in your binding as well.


After your binding is attached, it should look like this:

These are super quick and useful gifts. Make a bunch as stocking stuffers!


  1. Nice tutorial! I'll definitely have to try this!

  2. Just a thought... could you use snaps (non-metallic, heat resistant), or hook-and-loop fasteners (i.e. Velcro®) to connect the hand parts to the middle? This would create the following features:
    (1) Use the hand parts separately;
    (2) Use the middle section as a table pad/runner for large dishes; and
    (3) Change the middle section seasonally;

    Just a thought.

    1. great idea velcro would work for fast zip off and on but would gather lint and stuff when washing. Snaps are great idea too. What a fun project

  3. I need one of these stat. Potholders are crazy hard to find here (nobody has ovens -- go figure). But bias tape scares me.

    1. Try this website for a great visual on how to put on seam binging she also has a lot of other freebies on that website. I am teaching three of my granddaughters how to sew and that was a required lesson for each of them. After watching me with no fear on their part, they did an excellent job on Nancy's one yard apron in her catalogue. It was awesome and it isn't hard. Watch the video on your computer and try it. Good Luck.

  4. Awesome!! I linked to your tutorial over at Craft Gossip Sewing:


  5. Cool tutorial-I may be making a few of these! I bought a pattern for pot pinchers but sometimes you need a long one to get a 9x13 out of the oven(and my oven is a wall oven and a little too high for me)and not burn your forearms. I like the fabric you used.

  6. I have always said, I am going to make these.... I haven't yet... I am going to make some this Christmas... I certainly have lots of fabric and the economy dictates as well! lol... Thanks for the tutorial. I also shared the pic with a link on my blog to bring more people here to see! Thanks so much!!!!

  7. Just what I was looking for! Thank you! I looked all over the internet for a pattern or instructions for a double pot-holder before I found yours, and it's perfect!


    Here is mine :)

  9. This is fantastic! Would love for you to link up to Made with Love Monday at Sew Chatty!

  10. Thank you for sharing!! This would make an awesome gift!! :)

  11. I was just thinking about how I want to make one of these! Thank you so much for sharing! I can't wait to get my sewing machine back from my mom so I can try this! :)


  13. this is awesome! I have never seen anything like it, and will definitely try it sometime...:) First I gotta make the grandview bag...twice! :) (one for me and one for my sis)

  14. I love this tutorial! I tried, somewhat successfully, to make one yesterday. My poorly thought out "design" is functional, but not pretty. So, today, I found this, and am going to make another attempt. Thank you : )

    And, I love the fabric you used!

  15. I did them without bias. It gets a bit tricky going through all those layers, so what I did was make the top of the long part in two pieces (15 x 6.5) and overlapped one half (with a hem folded in) over the other. I sewed a sandwich of the backing fabric and batting and turned it all inside out through the overlap, into which I slipped my loop and stitched across the fold to close it. I sewed the two mitt parts as one long piece, 15 x 6.5, folded in half with the batting outside and an opening at the bottom curve, turned it inside out, quilted each mitt and sewed the bottom opening closed. I attached the mitts to the long piece with ricrac (also had a ricrac loop) around the entire perimeter. You could simply sew the mitts on. (I had a lot of ricrac.) But you don't have to use bias binding if you don't want to. Thank you so much for the tutorial. I wanted to make these but had no measurements or starting point for how to go about it.

  16. Thanks! Great tutorial. I made one for a swap this afternoon and it was so easy and fast! Thanks for sharing.

  17. Very nice. I am going to have to try a few for this Christmas. thank you for the tutorial,Amy

  18. Thank you for the tutorial ! I made one : !
    My DH said that it's very convenaient !

  19. Thank you for this tutorial. I am going to make some for Holiday and birthday gifts

  20. I just bought 34 yards of terrycloth. What a great idea for use of this. Maybe I can use this faster than I thought. I got a great deal on it for only 2.50 a yard and couldn't pass it up.

  21. I am having trouble understanding the "layers". It seems like the "mitts" are on the same end.

    what am I missing? I've made these before, but yours is much much simpler. thanks for the tutorial.

  22. Great tutorial! I made one this weekend. Would love to post a picture, but not sure how to do it... ;^)

  23. Thank you so much for sharing this tutorial. I have been wanting to do this for a while, but wasn't sure how. :)


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