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How to Sew Heart Shaped Pot Holder

Updated on August 10, 2015
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Peachpurple loves to spend some time to handmade greeting cards and gifts at home. She always reduce trash by reusing them.

DAY 27, HUB # 27

Heart Shaped Pot Holder

A cute Heart Shaped Pot Holder for my Mummy!
A cute Heart Shaped Pot Holder for my Mummy! | Source

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This heart shaped Pot Holder makes a pretty gift to sew for a friend, your wife, mother or grandmother in any special occasion; such as Mother's Day, Women's Day, Christmas, Valentine's Day or Birthdays.

It is now a novelty to give handmade gifts as these pretty gifts represent your appreciation, love and care for this special person in your life.


Making a Heart Shaped Pot Holder

I chose to sew this wonderful Heart Shaped Pot Holder for my mom on Mother’s Day for she had been the greatest chef in our household since I was born.

Everyday, she would prepare hot piping food on the dining table for the whole family to eat without fail. She keeps us warm and healthy without any complaints nor nagging.

It has been a while that I did noticed whenever she is in the kitchen cooking, she would be looking left and right for a space to put on the scorching hot soup pot.

You can’t put the pot on top of glass table nor wooden made table as it will leaves burnt marks or even cracks the dining table. So, she always look for a thick kitchen towel, fold it into half and place the soup pot on top of it.

Hence, if your special person cooks at home, wraps you up with all her love and tenderly care, consider sewing this Heart Shaped Pot Holder for her to use in the kitchen or she may even chose to keep it as a keepsake for sweet memories.

Nothing beats a handmade pot holder gift from your heart.

Materials You Need To Prepare

a needle and threads
a needle and threads | Source
ribbon, pen or marker, a pair of sharp scissors and paper
ribbon, pen or marker, a pair of sharp scissors and paper
pattern fabrics and sponge from shoulder pads
pattern fabrics and sponge from shoulder pads

How to Sew Heart Shaped Pot Holder

In order to sew this pretty Heart Shaped Pot Holder, you will need a little knowledge of hand stitching, the normal stitches will do the job.

Fabric

Supposing that you want to make the gift appear extra cute, choose the fabric which has cartoon characters such as teddy bears, rabbits, kittens or puppies. If the recipient is an older or elderly person, choose the fabric pattern that suits her personality.

Ribbon

As for the ribbon for the ribbon which will be sewn along the heart shape edges, use coordinating color ribbon that matches the fabric background color.

Measurement

Since it is used to hold a pot, remember to measure the base of the soup pot and enlarge the size because you will be cutting out bits of cloth for the heart shape and sewing will also take up some of the fabric spaces too.

Sponges

Next the sponges, the main material chose for the internal fillings of the pot holder. Look for those old shoulder pads from your old clothing or multi color sponges used for washing dishes which can be bought cheaply at departmental stores.

Cut out the heart shape slightly smaller than the size of the fabric so that you could fit it in nicely.

Remember to reduce the thickness of the sponge by trimming the top surface thinner. Otherwise, the soup pot will not be able to sit on the pot holder as it should be, if it is too thick. You see, the soup pot will lose its balance and sliding sideways. I had tested the thickness of the sponge with my regular soup pot and it wasn’t sitting quietly.

So, let us get down to the step-by-step instructions and guide photos which I had taken which will help you to sew this wonderful pot holder. Wishing you a happy sewing day!


Things to prepare:

Yellow ribbon ( any color ribbons that contrast with the fabric you chose )

  • Plain white paper
  • A pencil or marker pen
  • A pair of sharp scissors
  • A big piece of Cartoon printed fabric ( any pattern fabric also with do )
  • A shoulder pad or sponge
  • Needle and threads

Step 1

I used a milk tin lid which was bigger size than the soup pot.
I used a milk tin lid which was bigger size than the soup pot. | Source

How to cut the heart shape

  • Spread out the plain paper.
  • Place your regular soup pot on top of the paper.
  • If the diameter of the pot is 15cm, add another 5cm to it.
  • It is advisable to draw the dimension of the pot bigger (wider) because you will need to cut out the heart shape and sewing which will take up some space.
  • If you measure the pot holder exactly the same measurement as the base of the soup pot, your pot holder will eventually turn out smaller.
  • After you have drawn the circle shape ( remember to enlarge it ), cut it out.
  • Fold the circle paper into half and draw half of the heart shape, as big as possible.
  • Use a pair of scissors to cut out the half heart shape.
  • Open up the cut out paper. You will get a full heart shape.

Photo Guides

cut out the circle
cut out the circle | Source
fold the circle into half
fold the circle into half | Source
draw the half heart shape as big as possible
draw the half heart shape as big as possible | Source
cut out the heart shape
cut out the heart shape | Source

Step 2

cut out heart shape paper and the heart shape sponge
cut out heart shape paper and the heart shape sponge | Source

Drawing a heart shape on the sponge

trace out the heart shape on top of the sponge
trace out the heart shape on top of the sponge | Source

How to cut the heart shape sponge

  • Place the heart shape paper on top of the shoulder pad ( or sponge).
  • Use a marker or a pen to trace out the heart shape.
  • Remove the paper.
  • Cut out the heart shape sponge.
  • If the sponge is too thick, trim the thickness to 0.3cm to 0.5cm by trimming off the surface.
  • The reason to reduce the thickness is, if the sponge is springy, the soup pot weight would not be able to keep firm on the pot holder. It will slide sideways and spill the contents instead.

Step 3

Heart Shaped Fabric
Heart Shaped Fabric | Source

Photos Guide

Place inside fabric facing up
Place inside fabric facing up | Source
fold the fabric into half
fold the fabric into half | Source
Trace out the heart shape
Trace out the heart shape | Source
2 hearts joined at one side
2 hearts joined at one side | Source

How to cut the heart shape cloth

  • Spread out the inside cloth facing out.
  • Fold the cloth into half.
  • Place the heart paper nearer to the cringe of the cloth, in order to get a pair of joined hearts; the shape similar to a butterfly.
  • Use a marker or a pen to trace out the heart shape.
  • Remove the paper.
  • Cut out the heart shape cloth.
  • Do not cut away the cringe part.
  • Open up the cloth.
  • You will get 2 hearts joint at one side.
  • Fold them back again.

Step 4

Already filled in sponge and sewn completed Heart Shaped Pot Holder
Already filled in sponge and sewn completed Heart Shaped Pot Holder | Source

Photos Guide

start sewing the stitches at the top curve of the heart
start sewing the stitches at the top curve of the heart | Source
this is how it should be
this is how it should be | Source
insert the sponge. Trim off if too thick
insert the sponge. Trim off if too thick | Source
Sew up the rest of the open gaps
Sew up the rest of the open gaps | Source
trim off the edges
trim off the edges | Source

How to sew the pot holder

  • Use a needle and thread to sew the top curve sides of the heart shape cloth.
  • Do not sew the bottom part yet.
  • Slip in the sponge.
  • If the sponge is too big to fit in, trim off the sponge shape slightly smaller.
  • Once you can slip in the sponge comfortably, sew up all the open gaps.
  • Tie a knot and trim off the edges of the excess cloth.

Step 5

Fold the ribbon into half, cover up both the front and back of the edges
Fold the ribbon into half, cover up both the front and back of the edges | Source

Photos Guide

hold the ribbon and sew at the same time
hold the ribbon and sew at the same time | Source
sew up the ribbon.
sew up the ribbon. | Source
completely sewn ribbon on all sides
completely sewn ribbon on all sides | Source

How to sew the ribbon

  • Use the ribbon to measure the length of the overall heart shape.
  • Leave an extra 3cm length, just in case it is too short.
  • Cover the long strip of ribbon over the trimmed edges.
  • Fold the ribbon half, vertically so that both the front and back of the edges are covered.
  • Sew along the sides of the heart shape from the top curve to the bottom point.
  • Tie a knot and cut off the excess thread and ribbon.

Step 6

sew the normal stitches across the 2 sides
sew the normal stitches across the 2 sides | Source

How to sew the upside down “V” lines.

  • Use a marker or pen to draw one slanting line on the left and the other on the right which looks like an upside down “V” lines.
  • Sew the normal stitches onto the both lines, punching the needle into the sponge, in and out.
  • Tie a knot and cut off excess threads.
  • Test proof the pot holder with your soup pot.
  • It should sit nicely, not wobbly.

Mini Paper Hearts

One of my best crafts
One of my best crafts | Source

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    • billybuc profile image

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      A wonderful idea for Christmas! Passing this on to Bev; she sews and I cheer her on from a distance. :)

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @billybuc.

      Yeah, usually the gals sew while the guys cheers! Hope that Christmas gift will bring smiles to yr love ones. Thanks for reading

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      Kerry43 4 years ago

      My goodness, such detail! I really wasn't expecting such a comprehensive article. I am sending my daughter here so she can make this with my little granddaughter. Thank you:)

      Kerry

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @kerry43

      Thanks for dropping by. Hope that someone will make this lovely pot holder for you soon.

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      Sarah Carlsley 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Awesome hub here! Your finished product looks awesome!

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      thank you for yr kind comments. My mummy loves it. Couldn't bear to use it.

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Cute little pot holder for sure. I am just learning to sew....long story why I never did...TMI...but this looks like a project I can try. My grandbaby would love it to play with and then I could reclaim it and use it in the kitchen. Thank you for sharing this with us. :) ps

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @pstraubie

      Glad that you can sew it and make it reusable later on. Good idea !

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      P. Thorpe Christiansen 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA

      A very fun, easy and useful craft. Good Hub peachpurple.

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @duffsmom

      Thank you very much. I hope that the craft will be useful for yr future gift to yr love ones.

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      Better Living 4 years ago

      I love this idea. Thank you!

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @better living

      Thanks for reading.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Thank you for sharing this gem and I now look forward to many more.

      Eddy.

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @eiddwen

      thanks for reading. I'll be making another pot holder and submitting it soon.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      This is a great idea for a quick gift as you stated at the beginning. Very cute and useful too, and it can be made from fabric scraps or recycled clothing that has all but new fabric in it. Voted up and useful!

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @au

      thanks for reading my hub. Appreciated your votes and i am sure you are going to like this sewing craft too.

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      Johnd915 2 years ago

      An interesting dialogue is value comment. I feel that it is best to write extra on this subject, it won't be a taboo subject but generally persons are not sufficient to speak on such topics. To the next. Cheers adbbgedcbebd

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      Silva Hayes 2 years ago from Spicewood, Texas

      Voted Up and Useful!

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @silva

      thanks, hope you can make them for Valentine's Day

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      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      Very nicely done, great idea for a beginner learning to sew.

      You can get great satisfaction from making this, I could do with a new pot holder, don't think I could find enough spare time though.

      Thanks for sharing with us.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Elsie Hagley

      oh shoot, maybe i should sew and send one for you, LOL!

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      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks that would be nice, as I do use them. I have no excuse for not making one myself other than I'm on the internet too much.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Elsie Hagley

      you don't cook that often, do you?

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      You certainly have given people ideas of what to do with leftover fabrics, those old shoulder pads that people seldom use anymore, etc. Nice idea to custom make a pot holder for your dear mother and anyone else on your list. Thanks for the tutorial.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Peggy W

      thanks peggy, yeah most of those shoulder pads, people are casting them aside, useful for pot holder

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      Neat project for this time of year--or anytime because loving hearts are never out of style! This method could also be used for making heart shaped coasters if it were sized down.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Rtalloni

      Yeah right, never thought of coasters

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      Nichol marie 23 months ago from The Country-Side

      this is soooo cute and looks like an easy one to do. Pick fabric of your choice,I could do A disney frozen theme kitchen.Do you have a hub On making homemade tableclothes.?

      great and thank you for step by step with pictures,always help.

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      peachy 23 months ago from Home Sweet Home

      thanks chuck, i will try the homemade tablecloth and let you know. I do have the fridge holder but haven't post yet.

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