Crazy Quilt Pot Holders


Free quilted pot holder patterns get a Victorian twist with a crazy quilt spiral of fabric scraps and signature crazy quilt embroidery. Make these Crazy Quilt Pot Holders with any combination of fabric scraps for a colorful finished project. Be sure to use insulated batting so these hot pads are safe for cooking!

Project TypeMake a Project

Time to CompleteIn an evening

Primary TechniquePieced



  • scraps of fabric
  • small amount of backing fabric
  • Insul-Bright insulating material
  • about a yard of double-fold extra wide bias tape for each potholder
  • embroidery floss


  1. Decide how big you want your potholders to be. I wanted a round shape on the smaller side and used a salad plate for a template. Measure the dimensions of your template and cut 4 pieces of backing fabric.

    Crazy Quilt Pot Holders
  2. Cut your first shape and place it in the center of your block. I used a square, but any shape will do.

    Crazy Quilt Pot Holders
  3. Sew around the edges, very close to the edge.

    Crazy Quilt Pot Holders
  4. You're going to want to cover all the edges of your first piece. I laid this long blue piece on top of the first square (right sides together), sewed it on about 1/4 inch in from the edge, folded it up to hide the seam, and ironed it flat.

    Crazy Quilt Pot Holders
  5. Repeat with the next side.
    Crazy Quilt Potholders
  6. And the third side.

    Crazy Quilt Pot Holders
  7. And finally, the last side. I forgot to take a picture of this piece folded back and ironed, but by now you probably get the idea!

    Crazy Quilt Pot Holders
  8. Add additional pieces to cover up all of the background fabric and to add new interesting shapes.

    Crazy Quilt Pot Holders

    Crazy Quilt Pot Holders
  9. Trace around your template.

    Crazy Quilt Pot Holders
  10. Cut out your shape.

    Crazy Quilt Pot Holders
  11. Use 6 strands of embroidery floss to cover the seams. There are lots of good sites on the Internet that have good instructions on many embroidery stitches.

    Crazy Quilt Pot Holders
  12. Place the embroidered circle on one of the pieces of Insul-Bright and place this on top of a backing piece.

    Crazy Quilt Pot Holders
  13. Pin and cut out.

    Crazy Quilt Pot Holders
  14. Pin on bias tape, right sides together, and connect the ends. Sew the bias tape onto the pot holder.

    Crazy Quilt Pot Holders
  15. Turn bias tape to the back, pin, and hand sew in place.

    Crazy Quilt Pot Holders
  16. Tada! New potholders!

    Crazy Quilt Pot Holders


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Not only are these great potholders, but the instructions on how to make them are great. Thanks for sharing! I could see making a set of these and also expand this technique to make some snazzy place mats, trivets or coasters or even a table runner! Another neat possibility is a wall banner which could also serve as art or to pin notes or kids' art on. Love this idea!

It is so cute. I am going to try it.


SOOOOOOOOO cute. I can't wait to make these!


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