Make apple shaped potholders – free sewing pattern

Hello, my crafty friends!!! I’ve been using my handmade potholders for the past three years! They served me very well, but it was time to make new ones. I had to dig really hard to find the pattern that I drafted years ago. The paper pattern looks worse than my old potholders so I decided to make a digital copy. If you would like to draft your own pattern pieces check out my older blog post, otherwise download and print the pattern below 😉

I always like to make something fun and relatively quick between designing bag patterns so this project is perfect! Making potholders is also great because you can pick your fabric to match your kitchen decor and if you are new to sewing and want to improve your skills because you can practice quilting, sewing curves and learn how to finish raw edges with bias binding, not to mention it is a great fabric buster project!

Supplies needed

  • External and lining fabric. Use a natural fibre material such as cotton or linen, because they can handle the heat. I used various scraps of lightweight cotton fabrics on my potholders, but medium weight canvas works best.
  • Woven interfacing is optional, and you can use it to beef up your fabric if like me you are using quilting cotton or other lightweight material.
  • Heat reflective fleece or thermal batting is a MUST! I tried few different options, but found that Insul-Bright insulating wadding worked best. When working with lightweight fabric I would recommend using two layers.
  • Bias binding. You can make your own bias tape that matches the fabric, or use a ready made single fold bias binding, just make sure it is made 100% from natural fibers.
  • Quilting ruler,
  • Frixion pen or other marking tools,
  • Scissors, snips,
  • Cotton thread and sewing machine.

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Pattern pieces

To make one potholder cut:

If you are making two potholders double the amount of pieces.

  • Main body x 1 external fabric and lining fabric, x 1 or 2 heat reflective fleece, x 2 woven interfacing.
  • Side panel x 2 external fabric and lining fabric, x 2 or 4 heat reflective fleece, x 4 woven interfacing. If you are working with fabric with directional print, make sure to cut the pieces as mirror images.
  • Leaf x 2 external fabric and woven interfacing.
  • Loop x 1 external fabric.

Note: for best results first quilt the fabric and then cut individual pattern pieces.

Video tutorial available on YouTube

To make the apple potholder, first download the pdf pattern (link above), then head over to my YouTube channel so you can watch the tutorial and sew along with me!!!

I would love to see your versions of the apple potholders, so don’t forget to tag me @allsewpetite #allsewpetite on social media, and if you haven’t done so already join the Allsewpetite – makers group on Facebook.

I have other tutorials and free patterns so don’t forget to check them out 😉

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