Are you ready for awesomeness? Get this, it’s a double potholder that also is a towel. It hangs on your oven and no your family won’t use it to clean up gross spills or throw it on the floor when ice melts so you never have a towel to dry your hands. Okay that might have been a bit ranty but you guys I’m so excited about this little creation of mine.
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My sister has already demanded that I make her a set of her own. These little towel potholders would be darling for your own holiday decor or as an easy hostess gift. It sews up so quickly I will definitely be making myself some versions for every season.
I especially love that I used terry cloth for the underside so as it hangs on my oven I can use it to dry my hands after I use the sink but unlike most kitchen towels I won’t find it crumpled on the floor or used to wipe up a spill since it looks nice and is obviously a potholder too.
What You Need
The measurements given will be for one potholder towel. But if you buy 3/4 yard of terry cloth you will have enough to make 3. I cut the terry cloth out of one piece instead of two like I did for the main fabric to reduce bulk but if you want to buy less fabric you can do the terry cloth just like the main fabric.
- 2 pieces 27″x7″ Terry Cloth (you can buy it by the yard at the fabric store or just cut up an old towel)
- 2 pieces 14″x7″ Main Fabric
- 2 pieces 6″x7″ Pocket Fabric
- 3 yards Bias Tape
- Heat Transfer Vinyl (optional)
- Joy to the World design (optional) download here
- Owl design (available in Cricut design studio or use any image you like)
Note: You can add a layer of special fabric made for pot holders that will make it even more heat resistant but I tested these out and for me the heat did not come through the cookie sheet. If you want to do that just cut a piece the same size as the two fabric and in step 3 layer that between the terry cloth and main fabric.
What to Do
- Cut two pieces of bias tape 7 inches wide. Sandwich it around the top edge of both pocket pieces and sew in place using a zig zag stitch.
- With right sides together stitch the top edges of the main fabrics to each other. If your fabric is directional like my owl one make sure the TOPS of the fabric are touching each other.
- Layer everything. Start with two layers of terry cloth, then the layer of main fabric with the right side of the fabric facing up and then the pocket pieces also right sides up. Pin in place.
- Sandwich the layered fabric between the folds of bias tape and sew with a zig zag stitch all the way around making sure to catch all the layers. When you get to a corner just tuck it in to form a triangle fold (sort of a mitered corner).
- Now you are good to go. If you want to add a fun design like I did on the Joy to the World one you can cut out some heat transfer vinyl on a cutting machine like a Cricut and iron it on. Check out my step by step iron-on vinyl tutorial. If you’re not familiar with the stuff it’s one of my favorite ways to personalize my sewing projects.
Super cute right and with all the darling holiday fabrics out there you can make ones to suit any type of style or color scheme.
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