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Quilted 9-Patch Potholders: Quick + Easy Holiday Project

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ADD SOME FESTIVE FLAIR TO YOUR KITCHEN WITH THIS QUICK AND CUTE QUILTING PROJECT, THE 9-PATCH POTHOLDER!  BETTER YET, GIVE A BUNDLE AS A GIFT!

If you’re anything like me, you’re always looking for an easy way to give more handmade gifts, and these quilted 9-patch potholders are just the thing! 

Let me show you how 9 little squares transform into a collection of 4 potholders perfect for anyone’s kitchen.

 

 

Before we get started, here’s a little background on this project.  I’ve been doing an “Advent Swap” with my mom and two sisters for the past few years.  We each give eight gifts to the other three, which, of course, rounds out an Advent Calendar perfectly. 

This year, I really wanted to include several handmade items, and these little beauties fit the bill.  I chose fabrics that meshed well with each person’s holiday decor and set to making my three collections.  And I think they turned out just great!

 

Supplies for 9-Patch Potholders

This is a really simple project.  You’re going to need the following supplies:

  • Fabric – You will need nine 5-inch squares for the top of your potholders, plus backing fabric.  I chose to use three fabrics, but you can use as many or as few as you like. 
  • Batting – I chose to use Insul-Bright for my potholders.  Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions to avoid injury if you are using these potholders to remove hot dishes from the oven or microwave.  My potholders will be used as trivets.
  • Rotary cutter and mat – You can absolutely use a good pair of scissors, but I do find that you get the most accurate cuts using a rotary cutter.
  • Quilting Ruler
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Iron and ironing board or pressing mat
  • Pins or clips
  • Ribbon or extra fabric for hanging loops.

 

 

 

That’s all you need.

 

Watch the 9-Patch Potholders video

The full instructions will be listed below, but take a look at how easily I put these potholders together in my YouTube video.  Be sure to subscribe to my channel and turn on your notifications so that you don’t miss any of my upcoming projects!

 

 

Keep reading below for the step-by-step instructions.

 

Quilted 9-Patch Potholders – Full Instructions

Once you have chosen your fabrics, you’ll need to cut your squares.  I have chosen three fabrics, as you can see in the image below.  All squares will be cut at 5 inches.

 

Quilted 9-Patch Potholders red, white, black Christmas fabric

 

Start by stitching your 9-patch block.  If you are new to quilting, be sure to check out my post on 9-Patch Blocks to learn more about how to create this simple but essential building block of quilting.  

Once you have stitched your block, it’s time to cut again.

 

 

 

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When you purchase this 9-PATCH POTHOLDER POST, you’ll receive all the instructions found in this post, PLUS  you won’t need to find this webpage every time you make this project!

*Please note – purchasing this printable blog post is optional.  You can still complete the Potholders using the instructions found in this post.*

 

 
 

 

We will be making two cuts – one through the centre vertically and one through the centre horizontally.  See the images below.

 

Quilted 9-Patch Potholders red, white, black Christmas fabric

 

These four pieces now form the tops of your potholders!

 

Quilted 9-Patch Potholders red, white, black Christmas fabric

 

Next, we will quilt the potholder tops onto our batting.  Cut four squares of batting – I chose to use Insul-Bright – that are slightly larger than your potholder tops.  Quilt your potholders in any pattern you desire.  I chose simple straight stitching for this step.

 

Quilted 9-Patch Potholders red, white, black Christmas fabric

 

Once you have finished the quilting, trim your batting to the size of the top.  Cut a length of ribbon (or whatever you have chosen for the loop) of approximately six inches.  Fold in half and place on one corner of your potholder top, as shown below.

 

Quilted 9-Patch Potholders red, white, black Christmas fabric

 

Cut your backing fabric to the same size as the tops. 

 

Quilted 9-Patch Potholders red, white, black Christmas fabric

 

Layer the backing onto the top with the right sides together and stitch at ¼” around the edges, leaving an opening on one side, as shown below.

 

Quilted 9-Patch Potholders red, white, black Christmas fabric

 

Turn your potholder right side out and press. 

 

Quilted 9-Patch Potholders red, white, black Christmas fabric

 

Stitch around the edge of the potholder to close the opening and provide a decorative finish.

 

Quilted 9-Patch Potholders red, white, black Christmas fabric

 

Repeat these steps for each of the four potholders, bundle them together with a pretty ribbon and wrap them up as gifts!  Or, hang them in your own kitchen!

 

 

A few notes about these 9-patch potholders: 

These are meant to be used as trivets rather than oven mitts.  If you intend to use them to remove hot dishes from the oven or microwave, consider using two layers of batting.  Always read the manufacturer’s recommendations when it comes to insulation against heat!  If you are using Insul-Bright, be sure to NEVER put it in the microwave.

 

 

 

GET A PRINTABLE AD-FREE VERSION OF THIS BLOG POST HERE!  ONLY $2! 

When you purchase this 9-PATCH POTHOLDER POST, you’ll receive all the instructions found in this post, PLUS  you won’t need to find this webpage every time you make this project!

*Please note – purchasing this printable blog post is optional.  You can still complete the Potholders using the instructions found in this post.*

 

 
 

 

So, just like that, with a few stitches and a few cuts, you’ve got yourself a lovely handmade Christmas gift.  Of course, I won’t judge if you decide to keep these quilted 9-patch potholders all to yourself.  

Merry Christmas!

 


 

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Quilted 9-Patch Potholders red, white, black Christmas fabric

 

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