Friday, September 30, 2011

Tutorial: Retro Pot Holder & Towel Set

1 Hand Towel {featured: Family Recipe Towels by Moda Home}
1 Pot Holder {featured: Family Recipe Pot Holder by Moda Home}
1 Medium size button {The button you select will need to be able to fit in the loop of the pot holder.}
Fabric pen or pencil {I like to use the Sewline Fabric Pen}
Coordinating Thread
Ruler or Measuring Tape


1. Fold your  hand towel in half, short ends together to find the center. Make a crease or draw a line down the center using a straight edge and fabric pen.

2. Using a basting stitch on your sewing machine, stitch down the creased or drawn line in the center of your towel.  Back-stitch at only one end.

3.  From the end that you did not back-stitch, pull the top thread to create a gathered effect. The gathered length should measure the same width as your pot holder width when folded.  See step 4 to find the appropriate size for your pot holder width.  Tie off the thread to hold the gather in place.

4.  Your pot holder should have one corner that has a loop built in to hang from. Fold your pot holder in half so that your loop becomes the top of the pot holder. Measure the folded edge of the pot holder so you know how much to gather your towel in step 3.

5. Pin your pot holder in place at the top corner. Then pin each folded edge to the gathered ends of your towel.

6. Take the pin out from the top corner and open your pot holder so that it lays flat on top of your towel. Pin the center of the pot holder along the gathered center of the towel.

7. Stitch your pot holder to the towel along the center fold of the pot holder.

8. Attach a decorative button to the top corner of the pot holder, that does not have the loop.

9. Fold the pot holder in half and use the loop as the closure around the attached button.

 Hang and enjoy the multi-purpose pot holder and hand towel in your kitchen.


  1. This will be my first item on my Christmas gifts list. Where can I get the moda home stuff?

  2. carries the entire line of Moda Home products.

  3. Hi! Greetings from Finland! I love it! Fantastic idea! Thank you very much for showing it! :)

  4. LOVE, love, love! Karmen

  5. I love this idea and have done the same thing myself. I have a set for every holiday!
    I have also folded the pot holder in half to form a rectangle instead of a triangle. Sometimes the print or loop just works better.
    When the towels wear out, I recycle the pot holder and button with a new towel.
    I swear I can't cook unless I have one of these hanging from my oven door handle. :)

  6. Fab idea! Thanks for the tutorial. Its a great gift idea.


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