Free, easy, round Christmas pot holder pattern

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Ingrid Alteneder

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easy, round Christmas pot holder pattern

Who loves these round pot holders as much as I do?

Last year I received a set of round pot holders for Christmas from one of my quilty Instagram friends. I could not believe my luck! It was a set of round pot holders she had made with one of my foundation paper piecing patterns and I had seen and liked them on her feed. Now I was holding them in my own hands, lucky me 🙂

So I decided to write up a free tutorial for you all with step by step instructions for these adorable round pot holders. So here it is, the easy, round pot holder pattern, for your upcoming Christmas sewing.

When I saw this pretty Christmas fabric series by Riley Blake Designs, I thought immediately of those cute pot holders and my Christmas quilt block patterns.

This fabric series showcases traditional holly twigs, poinsettias and snowflakes but also the cutest little houses and snow globes. The designer of this fabric series, Katherine Lenius used traditional green and red colors but highlighted the series with baby pink, mint and a bright navy blue.

Christmas quilt blocks
Christmas quilt blocks

Now let’s get to sewing the easy, round pot holder pattern:

Round Christmas pot holders (finished size 8″ diameter):

Fabrics needed per pot-holder:

– finished Christmas quilt block 6″x 6″ – cut 2 strips of fabric 1 1/4″x 6″ and 2 strips of fabric 1 1/4″x 8″ for around the quilt block
– cut up 1 piece of fabric for backing 8″ diameter (use this template here)
– cut 2 pieces of fabric 8″ half moon circle (use template) for the pocket
– 1 piece of fusible interfacing (or use ‘insul bright’ heat resistant batting) 8″ diameter (use template again)
– cut 1 piece of fusible interfacing (or use ‘insul bright’ heat resistant batting) 8″ half moon circle for pocket (use template again)
– 1 strip of bias binding 1 1/4″x 45″ for pocket and potholder
– cut 1 strip of fabric 1.5″x 4.5″ or use ribbon for hanging tab

Sewing the pot holders:

Materials for the Christmas pot holders
Materials for the Christmas pot holders

1. Sew the Christmas quilt block of your choice, I used Santa’s hat in size 6″x 6″.

Santa>'s hat quilt block

Santa’s hat quilt block

2. Attach the side strips to the quilt block and cut the rest of the materials as mentioned above.

Santa's hat quilt block
attach the side strips to the quilt block

Cut out the materials as mentioned above. You also want to cut the quilt block with the sewn on strips into a circle using the template.

For the back of the pot holder you need a full circle of fabric as well as fusible interfacing. You can also use ‘insul bright’ heat resistant batting. It depends on your own preference.

Iron on fusible interfacing to your quilt block.
Then lay backing piece of fabric face down on flat surface and lay quilt block face up on top of it. Clip or pin in place.

Do the same with the half moon circle for the pocket.

3. Quilt as desired, to hold these layers together.
I did 1″ diagonal squares. I used my edge guide for perfect quilted lines.

4. Binding for the pocket:
Take the binding and pin it to the top of the pocket, right sides together, with the raw edges aligned and stitch in place with 1/4″ seam allowance. (photo 1)
Then you fold the binding over to the back and clip in place then stitch in place (photo 2)
And trim the ends.

5. Making the hanging tab: (or use a strip of ribbon)
– Fold the 1.5″x 4.5″ strip in half lengthwise and press. Fold in 1/4″ seam allowance on each long raw edge and press again.
– Stitch with small seam allowance.
– Fold the tab in half and clip in place at the top center of the back of your pot-holder.

6. Attach the binding

Fold the bias tape over 1/4″ at one end of the binding strip and clip or pin in place around the pot-holder with the end overlapping about 1/2″.
Stitch in place.

I like stitching the the binding onto the ‘back side’ of the pot holder. Because now, when you fold the binding over, you have the choice of either hand stitching or machine stitching the binding to the pot holders front.

7. Now fold the binding over twice to the front of the pot-holder and then hand stitch in place.

And here we go, the cutest little Christmas pot holder are all done. For the second pot holder I used Santa’s mittens pattern and it’s the perfect pattern to showcase some of the pretty print details, don’t you agree?

Easy, round Christmas pot holders all done

Thank you so much to Riley Blake Designs for supplying the absolutely adorable ‘Christmas Village’
fabric series designed by Katherine Lenius that I used in this adorable project. I hope you enjoy this easy, round pot holder pattern, please let me know in the comments.

Now choose your Christmas fabrics and start sewing your first Christmas gifts. Because you know, every year again and again Christmas is coming a lot quicker than we think.

Happy sewing

Ingrid x

2 Responses
  1. I REALLY REALLY want to try foundation paper piecing and want to find a good SIMPLE tutorial. Can you help me with this?
    Thank you so much. Ann Teem

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