40+ Free Pot Holder Patterns & Tutorials: {Sewing}

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Here’s an updated list of free patterns for pot holders, hot pads and oven mitts. I’ve moved the crochet and knitting projects over to their own page here. Enjoy!

mygirlthursday.com

mygirlthursday.com

Scrap Busting: Made with heat resistant batting, has ribbon loops for hanging.

With Pocket: A basic square design but with a twist, the back has a pocket for your hand.

ohfransson.com

ohfransson.com

alittlegray.blogspot.ca

alittlegray.blogspot.ca

Double: Lined with an old bath or dish towel, batting, double fold bias tape and pretty material.

With Flower Design: Doesn’t include flower stitch design but it’s simple enough to make yourself.

stashbooksblog.com

stashbooksblog.com

vlijtig.blogspot.ca

vlijtig.blogspot.ca

Linen: Features finger pockets along the sides.

Hooked & Bound Hot Pads: A mix of crochet (or knit if you prefer) and sewing.

sewtakeahike.typepad.com

sewtakeahike.typepad.com

pamkittymorning.blogspot.ca

pamkittymorning.blogspot.ca

Pam Kitty – Round: Made with contrasting pieces, rick rack and Insul-Bright.

Quilted Oven Mitts: Made with two pieces of coordinating fabric (for the outside of the gloves and the lining) and cotton batting. Features a loop for hanging (cotton tape).

soozs.blogspot.ca

soozs.blogspot.ca

pgsuggested.blogspot.com

pgsuggested.blogspot.com

Scrappy: Ideal for using up scraps, pieces are stitched together, lined with batting then trimmed with binding.

Bias-Edge: Includes a pdf template download for a banana shape (or you can make a square/rectangle/whatever you like).

whipstitchfabrics.com

whipstitchfabrics.com

aprettycoollife.com

aprettycoollife.com

Polka Dot: Easy to make using a pretty polka dot print.

Circle Pocket: Lovely design with finger pockets on either side.

ansewon.blogspot.ca

ansewon.blogspot.ca

lolanovablog.blogspot.ca

lolanovablog.blogspot.ca

Easy Peasy: Beautiful! These are embellished with doilies and pieces of pretty lace.

Patchwork: Use bright, cheery fabric scraps to make these charmers.

sewmamasew.com

sewmamasew.com

craftyasiangirl.blogspot.ca

craftyasiangirl.blogspot.ca

For Fingers: Cute little pocket hotpads for your fingers.

Woven: Weave strips of material together until you have your desired size, pin and stitch to a piece of batting then finish off.

blessedfemina.com

blessedfemina.com

sew4home.com

sew4home.com

Mitt: Slip-on style that have a retro feel.

Recycled Wool: Made with old wool blankets or garments that have been felted.

craftsanity.com

craftsanity.com

vickiwelsh.typepad.com

vickiwelsh.typepad.com

Small Pocket: Smaller version with finger pockets along the sides (on diagonal).

Scrappy: Made with colorful strips 1″ to 2″ wide.

mybyrdhouse.blogspot.ca

mybyrdhouse.blogspot.ca

33shadesofgreen.blogspot.ca

33shadesofgreen.blogspot.ca

Log Cabin: Log cabin patchwork design.

Linen & Cotton: Quilted linen with cotton batting.

lieslmade.wordpress.com

lieslmade.wordpress.com

quilttaffy.blogspot.ca

quilttaffy.blogspot.ca

Mickey Mouse: Trimmed with ric rac, how cute are these!

Appliqued: Pretty gingham heart design but you can make whatever you like.

sometimescrafter.blogspot.ca

sometimescrafter.blogspot.ca

shirleymac2.blogspot.ca

shirleymac2.blogspot.ca

Microwave Fingertip Mitts: Cute little fingertip mitts, easy to make!

Patchwork: Charming design, backed with vintage cocktail napkins.

lindamade.com

lindamade.com

stitchinmyside.blogspot.ca

stitchinmyside.blogspot.ca

Basic: Simple to make, these are finished off with binding.

Scrappy: These are an ideal way to use up fabric scraps.

craftzine.com

craftzine.com

vickiwelsh.typepad.com

vickiwelsh.typepad.com

Pocket: Neat! These fold in half and have pockets on both sides for your fingers.

DIY Patchwork: Padded with terry-cloth towels.

thecreativeplace.blogspot.ca

thecreativeplace.blogspot.ca

thelongestyear.typepad.com

thelongestyear.typepad.com

Oven Mitt: Best part of making your own is that you can choose fabrics to match your kitchen decor perfectly!

Doll House: Lined with Insul-Bright to protect hands from heat when using.

fredashive.blogspot.ca

fredashive.blogspot.ca

pleasantviewschoolhouse.blogspot.ca

pleasantviewschoolhouse.blogspot.ca

Easy: Simple sewing and topstitching is all it takes to make this.

Dishtowel: With some clever folding, all you need to do is stitch around all sides & the raw edges are tucked neatly inside.

artsycraftybabe.typepad.com

artsycraftybabe.typepad.com

myrecycledbags.com

myrecycledbags.com

Denim: Use the back pocket of an old pair of jeans for this fun project.

Double: These protect your hands, wrists and forearms from getting burned on hot cookie sheets coming out of the oven.

theboytrifecta.com

theboytrifecta.com

themagicbean.typepad.com

themagicbean.typepad.com

Kitchen Cliche: Fun & retro style with appliqued designs and embroidered sayings.

Scrapbuster: Made with colorful strips (11), Insulbrite, fabric for backing and bias tape. Easy to make these as large as you like.

freshlemonsquilts.com

freshlemonsquilts.com

goingsewcrazy.typepad.com

goingsewcrazy.typepad.com

Retro Style: Made with circles that are folded and arranged before stitching together. Finished with binding, twill tape or ribbon, Insulbrite and backing.

Two-Handed: Made with scraps of assorted fabrics and thermal batting.

sew4home.com

sew4home.com

sew4home.com

sew4home.com

Oven Mitts: Lovely “tea time” appliques are used, templates to download (via pdf).

Stash Happy: Quilted nine patch.

larkcrafts.com

larkcrafts.com

seekatesew.blogspot.ca

seekatesew.blogspot.ca

Ruffled: You’ll need cotton in both print and solid, batting and twill tape to make these.

The vintage patterns are all now organized on this page.

Also see these DIY trivets to make (over a dozen ideas).

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Published: March 6, 2010
Updated: January 8, 2013

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9 Comments to “40+ Free Pot Holder Patterns & Tutorials: {Sewing}”
  1. Melissa in Illinois says:

    Yay!! You’ve got a couple on here I haven’t seen before. And that’s just the excuse I need to get some new cotton yarn and get to stitching. LOL ;)

  2. FullertonRegan says:

    Thank you so mcuh for featuring my little potholders with all of these other folks!! xoxo

  3. dordes says:

    Brilliant ideas,like to make some.

  4. Daneel Olson says:

    My grama use to make potholders out of thick washcloths and crochet the sides together so it was 6 sided, any ideas?

    • Lucy Nelson says:

      I’d like to do something similar, but am having a hard time visualizing these! :-) Can you provide a little more info/direction? Thanks!

    • Stephanie says:

      I actually have one of these! A mouse chewed some of the string on the edge. Its 3 washcloths. Ok I’m going to try to put this the best I can. My grandma sewed 2 washcloths on 2 sides together. Then it looks as if she folded one of the stitched washcloths up (like a triangle)to meet the top corner where it was stitched(so one o bottom is flat the one on top looks like a triangle). Then laid another washcloth on it (matching the top triangle and bottom triangle) sewing the 2 sides (that aren’t sewn) to all 4 sides of the washcloth. I don’t know the stitches but it looks like clam shells in a way on the edges of the washcloths. I hope this helps..

  5. Mary Robinson says:

    i am looking for a set of hot pads patterns that a lady made in grove ok. in 1995. they were each shaped like a vegetable fruit, tomato,eggplant, etc. they were the neatest potholders. would have loved to make them, but she chose not to share her patterns. Does any one have these patterns are no where i can find them. Thanks will be gone for a while but still want these.

  6. Jelly says:

    you have some nice potholders

  7. Martha says:

    Am looking for a pattern that was made with a bunch of small folded points—a friend gave me some about 25 yrs ago –I don’t even know their name but they looked pretty fancy and I loved them–wore them out. Any ideas? thanks


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