Circle Potholder

Hello, it’s Minki from Are you tired of making square or rectangle potholders? How about a circle potholder this time? I have made a pair and have kept using them as trivets, potholders and mostly for my kitchen decor. It’s very simple and a fast project so you can finish in a evening and it’s a perfect gift too!

Finiszhed size: 8” circle

Materials to Make a Circle Potholder

  • 9″ x 9″ square print fabric for potholder pocket
  • Fat quarter print fabric for lining
  • 9″ x 9″ square print fabric for potholder backing
  • One (1) 2 1/2″ x 31″ fabric strip for double-fold binding
  • One (1) 1 1/2″ x 31″ strip for single-fold binding
  • Insul Bright lining for inside potholder, a fat quarter sized square about 18″ x 24″

Cutting Instructions to Make a Circle Potholder

Instructions to Sew a Circle Potholder

Seam allowances 1/4” unless otherwise noted.


1. Layer potholder front, 1 layer Insul Bright batting with wrong side facing and pin in place. Draw a center line on pocket piece and quilt as desired. I quilted straight lines 1/2″ apart from the center line. With the same manner, quilt potholder backing piece except use 2 layers of Insul Bright batting.

Trace the pattern, matching the center line and cut out 8” circles.



1. Using a rotary cutter, cut along the center line of the pocket piece. Place a double-fold binding strip along the straight edge. Sew with 3/8″ seam using a walking foot. 

2. Fold the binding over to the back of the potholder pocket and press. Stitch-in-the-ditch. Repeat and bind the remain pocket piece.



1. Layer 2 potholder pockets on top of the potholder backing with wrong side facing and pin in place.

2. Take 1 1/2″ x 31″ single-fold binding strip and fold 1/2″ over at one end. Re-pin the binding around the potholder edge. Sew the binding, overlapping the ends to finish.



1.  Fold the edge of the binding to the inside of the potholder and blind-stitch it in place by hand.  Attach the binding strip on the potholder pocket for hanging (optional).

Fabrics used are from my Serendipity collection for Riley Blake Designs.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and are ready to make a potholder. Beware, they can be addicting!

You can find more project ideas on my Instagram @zeriano.

3 thoughts on “Circle Potholder

    1. The potholder has two sides – one is a solid circle, and the other side is open in the middle creating two pockets for your hands. You can see the creation of the two pockets in step 1 of the tutorial.

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