Pot Holder Pocket {Tutorial}

Get your scrappy strips ready for this weeks challenge… the scrap-busting Pot Holder Pocket.

Pot Holder Pocket

This was honestly a fun project to work on. And fast. Fast is good, yes?
I used teeny strips of some of my favourite fabrics. By teeny, I mean 3/4” strips. Can you spot some Lecien Flower Sugar in there?


As my scrap pieces were a little ahem... narrow… I decided to make my next Pot Holder Pocket using the quilt as you go method. It’s not normally a method of quilting which I use, but geez, for this little project, it was fun. And perfect. So here’s how I made my version of a scrappy Pot Holder Pocket.

Start by measuring the saucepan or pot handle for which you're making this pocket. Think about how far up the handle you hold and lift it. Once you've measured the length and width of the handle, add a couple of extra inches (just to be sure). You can always trim it back if it's too big.

Now using this measurement for your individual pot handle, you will need 2 backing pieces, two pieces of batting (if its thin batting, perhaps 4 pieces would be better), and some strips from your scrap tub.

Pot Handle Pocket Step 1

Lay the backing fabric face down, with the batting on top and choose the first 2 strips you will use. Place the first strip right up against the edge of the batting and the second strip, on top of the first, facing down,with the edges aligned.

Pot Handle Pocket Step 2

If you have a walking foot, now is the time to put it on your machine, but if you don’t have one, that’s fine too. I made one with a regular foot and the other with the walking foot.

Sew along the edge of the two aligned pieces, through all of the layers. Once the top two pieces are sewn down, flip the top one over and finger press.

* At the last minute, I decided to swap my two pieces over but didn’t take a photo *

Pot Handle Pocket Step 3

Take the next strip and sew it down like the first 2, flip it over and finger press it. Take the next strip and so on… until you reach the end of the batting.

Now take your next piece of backing and batting and repeat the process.

Pot Handle Pocket Step 4

As you can see from the image, I decided to have one side with vertical strips and the other with horizontal strips. I did think perhaps diagonally would be fun too, but might need to organise my scraps a little better before hand.

Now it’s time to make the template. On a sheet of paper, draw a rectangle the size of your individual pot handle, BUT add an extra 3/4" to each side of the initial measurement. The extra width is for the seam allowance and finish. 

Cut out the paper rectangle and fold it in half lengthways, then cut a curve on one corner (but two pieces of paper will be cut). I used a cup to achieve a nice curve.

Pot Handle Pocket Step 5

Cut out your 2 shapes.

Pot Handle Pocket Step 6

Next is the binding. If you don't mind the raw edge look, fell free to skip this step. 

My strip is 1 3/4” and I placed it over the flat end of my pieces and cut to size.

Pot Handle Pocket Step 7

I place quilted piece face down and then line up the binding fabric face down, with the flat edge. Sew with 1/4” seam. Repeat for the other quilted piece.

Flip over the binding fabric to the front, fold it under and top stitch it in place.

Pot Handle Pocket Step 8

Now it’s time to put it all together. 

Pot Handle Pocket Step 9

Turn out the Pot Handle Pocket and it's ready to use. Top stitch for a nice finish.

Pot Handle Pocket Step 10

And here you have a cute, scrappy Pot Holder Pocket, ready to use next time you’re cooking dinner. As they’ll probably get a little bit dirty, make a few to have on hand when you need them.

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  1. Hope this isn't already a repeat! - from me. I hit some wrong button.
    I need this! I have an old Calphalon with a HOT handle. Why this never struck me before, but what a great little project! Thanks!

    1. Yes my saucepans are a little older and they get HOT HOT HOT.

  2. This looks totaly fun! I think I am going to have to try it :)

  3. I love this idea... so much nicer than using the big gloves for a pan...

  4. Love this! I need to make a long one for my fry pan :)

  5. This is something I have been needing for a very long time. I just found your blog through Pinterest and have started following you via email and Bloglovin. Fabulous blog and am looking forward to reading your future posts.

  6. Great idea, Love anything to do with patchwork!!!

  7. Ă“tima ideia!! Lindo!! Obrigada por compartilhar. bjos


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