FOLDED STAR POTHOLDERS
Materials Needed for each Potholder:
1. 1 Fat Quarter (18” X 21”) for your main color and your foundation fabric
2. 1 Fat Quarter (or scraps) of bright color for center of "star".
3. 1 Fat Quarter (18” X 21” for first accent color
4. 1 Fat Quarter (18” X 21”) for your second accent color
5. Cotton Batting (You will need a minimum of 10” X 17”
6. Extra Wide Double-fold bias tape (1 package will bind approximately 3 potholders)
7. Matching Thread
1. Two(2) 8 ½”Diameter circles of your main fabric, or substitute 1 circle of your main
fabric choice, plus 1 circle of fabric (plain white, or unbleached muslin, etc., hereafter
referred to as “Foundation Fabric”).
2. Two (2) Layers 8 ½ ” Diameter circles of cotton batting
3. Four (4) 5 ½” Diameter circles of “center fabric” (bright color)
4. Eight (8) 5 ½” Diameter circles of “First Accent Color fabric”
5. Eight (8) 5 ½” Diameter circles of Second Accent fabric.
Before beginning construction, please read the instructions below and follow through the photographs to completion of the potholder.
1. Fold all 5 ½” diameter circles in half, press (first fold). See photos included to
follow the steps for each layer of the potholder.
2. Fold each side of all folded circles as shown so that the folded half-circle becomes
a “triangle”, bringing straight edges vertical as shown in, resulting in each circle
becoming a “triangle” representing ¼ of the circle. Press. (second fold-see
3. Using a ruler or tape measure, measure from side to side, and mark the center
of the foundation fabric at 4 ¼“ with a washable chalk or washable marker. The
center line mark should be at least 1" in width through the center for placement of
the center triangles .
4. Measure from the top of the circle, measure 4 ¼” down and mark until the two
lines intersect, which will be the center of the potholder. Extend the mark at
least 1" in length through the center for placement of the center triangles .
5. With the matching/coordinating 8 ½” diameter circles, assemble the potholder
with the foundation (white or unbleached muslin on top, next will be the two (2)
layers of cotton batting, and finally, the matching/coordinating fabric, with the
WRONG SIDE placed next to the batting, leaving the right side of the fabric on
the bottom (the back of the potholder).
6. Fold and press all 5 ½” diameter circles in half, to make a half-circle, then fold
each side to the center, forming “triangles”. Press well. Refer to photographs
7. Place the folded triangle with points to the center so that the four pieces make a
smaller circle on the 8 ½“ diameter foundation circle of fabric. Pin in place.
8. First, stitch the pointed ends of center fabric to the potholder “sandwich”,
forming the center of the potholder in place on the 8 ½” foundation fabric.
Next, stitch the centers of the triangles from the point to the curved ends of
each triangle. Then, stitch each of the center triangles together forming a
smaller circle inside the foundation fabric. Your foundation fabric should not
show between the center fabric triangles.
9. Be sure to stitch the pieces together on all sides, and be sure to stitch the
points in the center together.
10. Next, using the 5 ½” diameter circles of your first accent fabric as folded and
pressed, lay out the triangles, placing the point of each piece in alignment with
the seams holding the pieces together and aligning with the folds in the center of
each piece. Please note the placement of the triangles. You will need eight (8)
pieces (triangles) of your first accent fabric, properly folded and pressed. See
layout in photo.
11. Be sure to note the placement of the triangles; otherwise, the “star” will not be
12. Next, arrange the triangles of your second accent color matching the seams and
folds of the triangles of the previous layer. Pin in place and stitch. Be sure to
place triangles properly, so your triangles properly form the “star” in the
potholder. When placing the second accent color on the first accent color, be
sure to leave one-half inch to three-quarters of an inch of the first accent color
showing, so that your "star" appears.
Once all your triangles have been stitched, trim the edges of your final layer of triangles so that they are even with the foundation fabric, main fabric and batting. Then, apply extra wide double-fold bias tape, hand-stitching it to the top first, easing the bias to apply to the potholder without gathers. Then stitch the other side of the double-fold bias tape to the back side of the potholder. Attach a purchased hanger, and your potholder is finished!
This pattern is not perfect, but I would recommend purchasing a compass, if you do not already have one. It's not an expensive tool, but it is necessary to make a perfectly round circle.
This potholder is not hanging very straight on my design board, but it is completed.
I chose these colors because there is a great deal of contrast between the different fabrics, and let’s admit it, I live in Florida, so, with the orange and blue, GO GATORS!
This tutorial/pattern prepared by
Jeanette Frantz, Ocala, Florida
October 31, 2016