Circle Pot Holder

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

Finished size: 8” circle

Materials to Make a Circle Pot Holder

  • 9″ x 9″ square print fabric for pot holder pocket
  • Fat quarter print fabric for lining
  • 9″ x 9″ square print fabric for pot holder 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 pot holder, a fat quarter sized square about 18″ x 24″

Cutting Instructions to Make a Circle Pot Holder

Instructions to Sew a Circle Pot Holder

Seam allowances 1/4” unless otherwise noted.

Quilting 

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

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


 

Pockets

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 pot holder pocket and press. Stitch-in-the-ditch. Repeat and bind the remaining pocket piece.

 

Assemble

1. Layer 2 pot holder pockets on top of the pot holder 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 pot holder edge. Sew the binding, overlapping the ends to finish.

 

Finishing

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

The fabrics used are from my Serendipity collection for Riley Blake Designs.

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

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

14 thoughts on “Circle Pot Holder

    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.

  1. “1. Layer potholder front, 1 layer Insul Bright batting with wrong side facing and pin in place.” — what side is the “wrong side” of Insul Bright? Thanks!

  2. This is a cute & practical project. I’m all about presents that folks can actually use & be functional. These fit both of those task. Plus they are darn cute with the fabric line you chose to use. I will likely try my hand at making a few for gifts. @MinkiKim great job! Thanks for sharing

  3. Your finishing instructions –
    “Fold the edge of the binding to the inside of the potholder and blind-stitch it in place by hand”
    Do I fold the binding to the inside and sandwich it between the top and bottom rounds and then blind stitch the outside of the top and bottom pieces together?

  4. I am also confused on the finishing instructions of: Fold the edge of the binding to the inside of the potholder and blind-stitch it in place by hand.

    Are wrong sides together, and then sew binding on side with pockets and then hand stitch to back? When are raw edges of binding turned under to finish the look on the backside of potholder? Thank you !!

  5. My guess would be that she didn’t mean the inside of the potholder. She probably meant the back of the potholder – like you would bind a quilt. Since it is bias tape, the ends would already be folded under so there wouldn’t be a raw edge when you turn it to the back of the potholder. Right?

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