I have made some potholders for sale at the quilt show (proceeds to the guild) from some donated fabric samples. Easy peasy. This one is made using the quilt as you go method. I used insulbright batting for heat resistance. That stuff works great! I made myself potholders and oven mitts and used only one layer and no problems. No one ever showed me how to bind a potholder and get that nice little hang-me-up loopy thing so I figured out my own way, nice and neat. Here is your tute!!
Potholder Binding Tutorial
This potholder is 8.5″ square and the binding should be cut one WOF or about 40″ This will be a single fold binding so use a width of 1.25″. There will be plenty. Use thread that matches because it will be visible.
Sew the binding to the front of the potholder starting at the corner where you want the loop to be.
Make your typical mitered corners like you would for your best quilt. When you come to the last side, stop sewing, needle down, and flip over the binding at the start. Fold under 1/4″ and pin the binding to the back.
Continue sewing the last side all the way across the corner you just pinned. Trim the tail to be 5″ from the edge of the potholder. This will make the loop. The following picture is from the back of the potholder.
This picture is from the front.
Now press the binding away from the front. Then turn over the potholder to the back and starting with the tail, turn both long sides into the middle and press. Then press the tail edges together again so the raw edge is hidden in the middle. Continue pressing 1/4″ around the raw edge of the binding all the way around the potholder.
Starting at the tail, sew the binding onto the back of the potholder. Once again, sewing this tail creates the neat and even loop. Fold the binding around from the front to the back and tuck under the 1/4″ you pressed. Sew the binding very close to the edge, covering the stitching. If you prefer to hand sew the binding to the back, that’s fine. I like to save my hand sewing for something important, this is just a potholder.
Carefully fold the mitered corners and be sure to catch the binding when you turn the corner. (needle down in the corner, raise presser foot, turn 90 degrees, lower presser foot) Stop half way down the last side, needle down. Tuck the end of the tail under the unsewn binding to make the loop, pin it.
Finish sewing the side all the way across the end of the tail under the binding and stop before crossing the corner. Then back stitch or lock stitch at that point.
If you want you can hand stitch the loop flat. I don’t. If the loop is used to hang up the potholder, it won’t matter.
I wish you many elegant potholders in your future!