Flat potholders are easy to make and so fun to create in different quilt-y type patterns, but are best used as hot pads. Both my sister in law’s – Cindee and Carli use their Modern Quilted Potholders to remove hot food from the oven so frequently that I decided to add a pocket to the backs of the newer ones I sew to protect their fingers from accidental burns.
To make your own, finish creating the top of your potholders. They should measure 9 x 9″. Spray baste on the batting and backing, then quilt the three layers as desired.
Next, cut an extra piece of backing fabric to 11″ x 9″.
Iron the fabric in half to 5.5″ x 9″, then top stitch the folded edge as desired.
Widen your stitch length to baste the pocket onto the back side of the potholder. Wonder Clips or pins are recommended to hold the pocket in place while sewing. Stitch close to the edge so that you don’t have to seam-rip the basting stitch out later.
You may now add your binding. If you need help with that step, you can refer to my original Modern Quilted Potholders post or Simply Basics: Creating and Finishing Binding for a Quilt. You will only need one strip of 2.5 x 42/44″ fabric for the binding strip.
Just a few extra steps at the sewing machine can save your, (or your favorite family members’), fingers too!
I was on a roll, so I decided to to make my mom and Julie a set too. What a pretty way to serve up a pie!