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Vintage Potholder Pattern Collection

Here’s an assortment of vintage potholder patterns that were originally published on their own pages here on Tipnut and combined here to make one handy project page. There are some cute and kitschy projects in this collection including a chicken, chirping birds to embroider and a double oven mitt. Enjoy!


These are always a necessity in the kitchen and they may be made in many shapes and forms. Use bright scraps of washable fabrics such as gingham and percale. Cotton batting or scraps of woolen fabric are used for padding.

Material (for two):

For Cutting:

For Making:

Source: The New Encyclopedia of Modern Sewing (1946)

Pretty Tea Set {Sewing & Embroidery}

Two lovely goodies to add to your collection, one is a creamer and the other is a sugar bowl–each decorated on one side with embroidered flowers and leaves. These are from the 1940s and are stuffed with batting and finished off with binding. Each measures between 10″ – 11″ from farthest edges but they can be increased in size if you wish. Just click the pictures to get your copies, directions are down below.

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Material Requirements:
(For Two)

Scraps or 3/8 yard 18 inch material
3/8 yard quilted padding
1 1/2 yards bias binding
Embroidery Cotton



Here’s one from the 1960s for two designs plus a recipe book cover.

The Octagonal Design is at the bottom, you can download this to your computer (.jpg file).

Notice how scraps are chosen and arranged to accent each other.

Materials Needed:

Scraps of printed cotton fabric; 8 1/2″ x 22 1/2″ cotton for book-cover lining; four 7 1/4″ squares flannel for each pot-holder interlining.


Size: 6 3/4″ square

Pieced Top: Cut printed fabric into nine 2 3/4″ squares and one 1″ x5″ strip for loop (1/4″ seam allowance included). Stitch squares together to form 7 1/4″ square. Press.

Finishing: Cut cotton lining 7 1/4″ square. Baste flannel squares to wrong side of lining. With right sides facing, stitch pieced top to squares, leaving a corner open for turning. Turn. Fold loop strip in half lengthwise, turn in seams and sew. Insert ends in seams around open corner; turn in raw edges and sew opening.


Size: 6 1/2″ square.

Pieced Top:

Trace A, B and C. Lay center line on fold of printed fabric and cut pieces, adding 1/4″ seam allowance. Cut 8 each A and B and 4 C; cut 1″ x 5″ strip for loop. Stitch pieces together to form 7″ square as shown in photograph. Press.

Finishing: Cut lining and flannel squares to 7″, then see finishing for Square-design.

Book Cover

Size: 6″ x 8″, folded.

Pieced Top: Cut printed fabric into 48 pieces 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ (1/4″ seam allowance included). Stitch pieces together to form 8 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ rectangle. Press.

Finishing: Fold 5″ at each end of 8 1/2″ x 22 1/2″ lining toward center. Fold and pin the 5″ at each end in half back on itself so that raw edge meets fold (pockets formed to insert book cover). With right sides together, stitch pieced top and lining together, leaving 4″ open for turning. Turn; sew opening closed.

Click image to view larger size then right click and save to desktop. This should print off true to size, but I included the measurement it should be if you’d like to double check.

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Source: Woman’s Day Magazine

Teapot Holder: Cup & Saucer


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Printing Directions

Source: McCall’s (1936)

Double Oven Mitt


1/2 yard plain or printed percale or gingham
2 yards (same or contrasting color) percale bias trim or a bias strip cut from fabric
1/2 yard cotton batting or scraps of heavy woolen fabric

Directions For Cutting

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Directions For Making

Source: The New Encyclopedia Of Modern Sewing (1946)


Here’s a fun freebie, it’s a set of six different panholders from a loose sheet I had stashed away in my collection. I believe they’re from the 1940s-1950s.

Some are straight sewing, others involve a bit of embroidery and some involve a bit of appliqué work–there’s something for everyone in this lot!

The six different styles:

  1. A round panholder with a pair of singing birds on one side and sleeping birds on the other (how cute!)
  2. Oven Mitt: Too many Cooks Spoil the Broth
  3. Oven Mitt: The way To a Man’s Heart Is Thru His Stomach
  4. Coffee Pot: Old-time style (look for the little spot by the handle to cut out)
  5. Tea Kettle: Old-time style (look for the two spots by the top handle to cut out)
  6. Butterfly

You can download the set here [2] (pdf). You’ll find the instructions on the first page.

These won’t print off true to original size, just enlarge them to whatever size you like. Enjoy!


Size: About 8″ from beak to tail


Click the grid to view full size, right click on it, select “Save Picture As” and save it to your computer’s desktop. Then open the image file on your computer and click “Print”. I’ve blown this up so it should print off for you in perfect scale (squares are 1″). If you try printing it directly from the web page, it’s a bit too small (I don’t know why that happens).


Source: Woman’s Day Magazine, 100 Christmas Gifts To Make, November 1969