How-to: Sew a Nine-Patch Potholder Entirely from Stash and Upcycled Materials

quilt the nine-patch to the toweling before you sew the two halves of the potholder togetherQuilt each nine-patch to the towel backing it with the stitch-in-the-ditch method: sew down all the long seams, following the seam lines that you made when you pieced them.

At this point, I’m going to cheat: if you’ve never sewn anything that needs to be sewn wrong sides together and turned right-side-out through an unsewn opening that is then top-stitched closed, please turn to my stenciled bean bags tutorial, in which I show you step-by-step how to do exactly that. The only difference is that with a potholder as opposed to a bean bag, you lose the fuss of trying to keep those dried beans in as you sew, but gain the fuss of sewing through fabric that is thick, thick, THICK! Clip your corners well, trim your seams close to the stitching, use a heavy-duty sharp needle and a relatively long stitch, and sew slowly, and soon you’ll have the Tardis blue and Captain Picard’s uniform red nine-patch potholders that you’ve long been dreaming of.

Written by Julie Finn

I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now.

Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life, and my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties.

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  1. Loved your simple but excellent idea for potholders. I’m gonna whip some up for myself and even make some for next year’s Christmas so, for a change, I’m ahead of the game. Instructions are well written, nicely illustrated and fun, as always.

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