You can make good use of your fabric scraps when you re-purpose them into something new. Here’s how to make a quilted fabric potholder with your quilting leftovers.
I’ve been trying to re-use and up-cycle more of my fabric scraps for projects. I used to throw them away, but fabric is sooo expensive. Recently, I learned that fabric doesn’t decompose in the landfill and fabric waste is a growing global problem. Rest assured, I no longer want to waste anything that can be sewn into something useful! These adorable potholders are made from my most recent quilt project leftovers. You can learn about how I made the quilt blocks that I used here. It doesn’t matter what fabric scraps you use, pretty much any fabric will do for this project. Here are some recycling ideas:
Recycled Fabric Sources
left over quilting cotton
men’s dress shirts
worn out jeans
old table cloths
thrifted fabrics or clothes with pretty patterns
flannel sheets or pillowcases
Worn out blankets
quilt batting pieces or leftover fiberfill stuffing from craft projects
There are lots of options for fabrics! I like to use a couple of left over quilt blocks and some quilting cotton scraps for this project. You will need fabric and batting about 9″ square. In addition, if your pieces are smaller, simply stitch them together until you have a 9″ square. This is a great way to learn to sew or quilt!
Woven pieces of fabric can be single needled stitched together until you have a large enough piece. You can even sew small pieces of quilt batting together with a zig-zag stitch (overlapping the pieces) to get a 9″ squares needed for this project.
Potholder Supplies Needed:
•Two 9″ fabric squares for front and back of potholder (any fabric or pattern)
•10″ square of quilt batting
•Strip of binding fabric, 2 1/2″ by 44″ (can be pieces of other fabrics sewn together)
•Straight pins, safety pins
•fabric basting adhesive (optional)
•Sewing Machine, free motion quilting foot (optional)
Potholder Sewing Directions:
1. Layer backing fabric, quilt batting or a thin layer of fiberfill stuffing, and top fabrics together. You can use a spray basting adhesive to hold them in place or use a few safety pins to secure.
2. Using a free motion quilt foot, quilt as desired in a random pattern. You can quilt with straight rows stitches every few inches across the fabrics if you do not have a free motion foot. The quilting holds all of the layers together and makes the pot holder more durable.
3. Trim edges even.
4. Fold binding in half lengthwise, apply to front of potholder matching raw edges, folding the binding at corners to fit. Finally, pin in place with straight pins. Stitch around all sides with a 3.0 single needle stitch, leaving a 3″ tail of binding at the last corner.
5. Trim seams to 1/4″. Turn folded binding edge to back side of potholder, pin fold over first seam. Fold under excess fabric at corner to get a “almost” mitered fit. Top stitch 1/8″ away from inside edge, sewing all the way to the end of the fabric loop piece (encasing raw edges).
6. Finally, to make the hanging loop, fold back extra fabric and secure with 3-4 back and forth stitches.
Need help? Watch this video tutorial!
Here are some more fun relevant recycled projects: