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Potholders - You Can't Have Too Many

I truly LOVE pot holders! Of course, they're very useful and they come in all shapes, colors and sizes. The materials required to make potholders are minimal so the cost is often only your time. Whip up several of these easy to make hot pads for yourself or as gifts.

The pattern for the heart-shaped potholders pictured has been around for a long time. These surface protecters are a very quick and easy to make project. Years ago I made a bunch for our Church Bazaar in some really fun prints. Martha Stewart has a great tutorial here.

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

Scrap Fabric Pot holders Easy to Make

Scrap Fabric Pot holders Easy to Make

Fabric Scraps = Hot Pads That Are Cool! ;)

Anyone who sews is likely to have a fabric scrap stash. These colorful potholders from my girl thursday are the perfect example of how functional a little bit of fabric can be.

(Photo credit Chantilly at my girl thursday)

These Products Make Handling Hot Pots a Cinch

Grommet Tabs for Hanging Pot Holders

DIY Hot Pads

DIY Hot Pads

The addition of colorful rickrack and grommet tabs coupled with the handy side pocket make these potholders really fun and convenient. Wouldn't these make wonderful gifts?

Sew4Home shows how to make a pair right here.

Lord & Hodge #4 Grommet Kit Brass (Nickel Plated)

(Photo credit Sew4Home)

Finger Hot Pads Easy to Make

Finger Hot Pads Easy to Make

Finger Hot Pad Potholders

Easy to Make!

Insul-Bright and bias tape are featured in this tutorial for these nifty finger hot pad potholders from Crafty Asian Girl. There isn't much else required except a bit of scrap fabric and a little time.

Wouldn't these make great stocking stuffers? These are also a HOT item at craft fairs. :)

(Photo credit Michelle at Crafty Asian Girl)

DIY Double Oven Mitt - another great project using Insul-Bright

Double Oven Mitt

Double Oven Mitt

Smashed Peas and Carrots made this double oven mitt in some funky fabrics. Make yours by following the tute.

(Photo credit Maggie at Smashed Peas and Carrots)

Insulated Pockets Apron

Insulated Pockets Apron

Insul-Bright Pockets Make This Apron Special!

This apron with potholder pockets is cleverly done. Merrimentdesign shares a super detailed tutorial with pictures. (BTW, this apron also features a handy cell phone pocket on the inside.) This DIY sewing project is near the top of my list of things to make.

(Photo credit Kathy at Merrimentdesign)

Make DIY Pot Holders Safely

follow these simple rules...

from the makers of Insul-Bright...

"*At least one layer of cotton batting is recommended with Insul~Bright when used as Oven Mitts or Pot Holders. Insul~Bright is heat-RESISTANT, NOT heat-proof."

Also, remember NOT FOR USE IN MICROWAVE!


Crochet Hot Pads Easy to Make

Crochet Hot Pads Easy to Make

Beginner Crochet Pattern

Free via Lion Brand

Lion Brand generously provided the instructions to make these simple, sturdy potholders. The skill level is labeled Beginners but anyone should feel free to grab a hook and make one of these potholders. Enjoy!

(Photo credit Lion Brand)

Crochet Flower Petal Pot Holders

Vintage Pattern Crochet Flower Hot Pads

Vintage Pattern Crochet Flower Hot Pads

I recently finished this pair of pretty petal potholders using instructions from a 1946 vintage crochet pattern. I love the bright colors and I think these look wonderful in my kitchen, don't you? Read all about them here.

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

Salt and Pepper Vintage Pair - via FreeVintageCrochet

Vintage Potholder Pattern

Vintage Potholder Pattern

These salt and pepper shakers go together like bread and butter. You can't crochet one without the other.....it just wouldn't be right. :) Go to Free Vintage Crochet to get the how-to.

(Photo credit Coats & Clark's O.N.T.)

Easy to Make DIY

Easy to Make DIY

Cable Knit Potholders to DIY

This pair of cable knit potholders were created by Katy Elliott. They certainly add a classic touch to the kitchen, don't they? Get the how to here.

(Photo credit Katy Elliott)

Polling for Potholders

Do you have a favorite pot holder in your kitchen?

Angela F from Seattle, WA on February 10, 2014:

So many cute ideas. Pinned to my craft board

Renaissance Woman from Colorado on January 31, 2014:

Love your petal potholders. I remember making tons of potholders when I was a child. I had received one of those potholder weaving looms. Fun times!

evawrites1 on January 15, 2014:

All these potholders are so pretty!

Kathryn Grace from San Francisco on January 03, 2014:

Yes. I have three red ones, any of which I grab before I grab the others. Don't know why, but I love red.

wiseriverman on December 26, 2013:

This is wonderful information! I love the whole collection here. My favorite potholder is green and white with shamrocks. It has a nice wooden ring to hang it.

David Stone from New York City on December 02, 2013:

I like them all, but especially the giant mitts that a klutz like me needs for protection.

This lens reminded me of my childhood when making things like these at home was something pretty common. It just made sense to use resources on hand and not discard them.

anonymous on November 02, 2013:

hahaha ... i only have one

Pam Irie (author) from Land of Aloha on June 07, 2013:

@kavalonthatsme: LOL That is an excellent way of looking at it. :)

kavalonthatsme on June 03, 2013:

When one is my favorite I find that I do not want to use it, I feel that they should not have to work under those conditions, so I use the ugly pot holders, lol!

Traveller579 on November 16, 2012:

Very interesting lenses, wonderful post i like it thanks for sharing.

MrMojo01 on September 06, 2012:

I just grab whichever is closest!

BuckHawkcenter on September 05, 2012:

Potholders are fun things to make as gifts. I have a bunch from my own kids as they were learning to craft.

Peggy Hazelwood from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on June 05, 2012:

I have quite a few favorites. I have a display on my wall of vintage potholders, so I guess they are my faves! Love your orange and green crocheted potholders! Just my style.

DecoratingMom411 on May 13, 2012:

Potholders really come in handy and it's a fun project to make your own potholders since you can choose the designs and all that.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on May 02, 2012:

I like potholders to match my kitchen color. Sometimes, it takes a year for me to find the right one.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on May 02, 2012:

I like potholders to match my kitchen color. Sometimes, it takes a year for me to find the right one.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on May 02, 2012:

I like potholders to match my kitchen color. Sometimes, it takes a year for me to find the right one.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on May 02, 2012:

I like potholders to match my kitchen color. Sometimes, it takes a year for me to find the right one.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on May 02, 2012:

I like potholders to match my kitchen color. Sometimes, it takes a year for me to find the right one.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on May 02, 2012:

I like potholders to match my kitchen color. Sometimes, it takes a year for me to find the right one.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on May 02, 2012:

I like potholders to match my kitchen color. Sometimes, it takes a year for me to find the right one.

marsha32 on April 15, 2012:

Thanks for sharing the links! I pinned it so I can come back and look up the patterns.

anonymous on April 12, 2012:

Yep. Plain and simple forest green fuzzy ones that don't show the spills.

missyjanette on April 05, 2012:

I like patholders too! Especially when i bake my cakes!

webstudio2ucom on March 07, 2012:

@Virginia Allain: ovely lens - I really liked it

anonymous on February 24, 2012:

good thing... i need buy for my kitchen

Joyce T. Mann from Bucks County, Pennsylvania USA on February 21, 2012:

My favorite potholder is the free one I got from my plumber. I know to run to the kitchen and grab my potholder whenever I need my plumber's phone number. :) I have pleasant memories of making potholders on a little metal device when I was a child.

hsschulte on February 17, 2012:

I like the crocheted flower potholders.

Tony Payne from Southampton, UK on February 16, 2012:

These are very nice. We tend to not use a lot of these, but we have enough. There is nothing worse than burning yourself on a pot. Nicely done, blessed.

Indigo Janson from UK on February 07, 2012:

No but I might make one now that you've given me some great ideas. I'm always looking out for easy sewing projects and these look fun!

anonymous on January 31, 2012:

My favorites are the ones my Mom made. She's 85 now and every year makes 20 or 30 pair for the church bazaar and they always sell out.

ChrissLJ on January 29, 2012:

Yes. It's in the shape of a dog head.... =0)

I really like the pot holder apron. I like to make retro style aprons, so this might be a project to try to adapt.... **goes off thinking**

MBradley McCauley on January 26, 2012:

With a couple Granddaughters in college, I'm going to make a few of these. Love the lens, gave it a thumbs up.

writerkath on January 23, 2012:

Well... right now I don't have any favorites - but when I was a kid, I had one of those little potholder weaving frames (the ones where you used the "loops") - and every Christmas, without fail, I would make them for my Grandma and my Auntie. They always oohed and ahhed over their "beautiful" potholders. And by gum if they didn't actually USE 'em! :) Here's a touch of angel dust for you for bringing back a really fond bunch of memories! :) Thank you! :)

Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on January 18, 2012:

All of my Potholders are so old, stained, and looking very bad so I really appreciate this page on Potholders Easy To Make. Thank you.

jadehorseshoe on December 26, 2011:

Solid Colors work best for me; easier to see any soiling. ... Nice Lens!

Angela F from Seattle, WA on November 27, 2011:

My favorite potholder is actually a silicone square, but some of these are so cute and clever, I'd want them "just for show"!

Frischy from Kentucky, USA on November 19, 2011:

My favorite is an old Christmas potholder I have had forever. Maybe 15 or 20 years. I can't even remember where it came from. It is just the right size and by now it is flexible and soft. I use it year around. Works for me!

bossypants on November 08, 2011:

I only have the plain old (not vintage old, ratty old) potholders. I think the finger tip pot holders are just perfect! Just exactly what you need and nothing more. Clever and colorful lens!

Peggy Hazelwood from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on November 05, 2011:

I love potholders too! I'm linking this article to my Vintage Potholders article. Love the vintage patterns you included!

poutine on November 03, 2011:

I like the "Double Oven Mitt DIY Potholder ", it's an excellent idea for a small gift.

anonymous on October 18, 2011:

warm lens indeed, you deserve a 'thumbs up' tonight.

Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on October 17, 2011:

I love using my own homemade potholders! That little finger potholder is awesome!

Virginia Allain from Central Florida on October 16, 2011:

Mine are all getting pretty grungy, so maybe time to try some of your projects.