Free Quilt Pattern: "Easy Does it" Nine Patch Quilted Potholder

If you are new to quilting and trying to create an easy project, use this free quilt pattern for a nine patch quilted potholder.

Materials You Will Need:

  • Enough fabric scraps or fat quarters to make nine 2 ½ inch squares
  • Batting
  • Backing fabric
  • Pins
  • Quilting thread
  • Quilting needles
  • Sewing machine
  • Thimble, if hand quilting

Instructions:
Cut five 2 ½ inch squares of one color or print.

Cut four 2 ½ inch squares of a contrasting or complementary print or solid.

Arrange the squares, alternating the fabrics, starting in the top-left corner with one of the five squares. Sew the pot holder top together in rows of three, alternating squares using a ¼ inch seam. Then sew all three rows together to create a nine-patch square, also using a ¼ inch seam. The middle row will have one of the five squares as the middle square. This is the nine-patch potholder top.

Cut a piece of batting one inch larger than the potholder top. Select a fabric to be used as the backing. This backing fabric can be one of the same fabrics as the top or a different, contrasting fabric, like unbleached muslin. Cut the backing fabric the same size as the batting.

Pin or baste the layers together. These layers of fabric are often referred to as a quilt sandwich.

Machine or hand quilt the layers together.

Bind the Edges
Cut away the excess batting material after the quilting has been completed. Fold the extra backing fabric over and hand-stitch to the front of the project. Make sure to miter the corners for a finished look.

There are several ways to bind a quilt project. For larger projects, a piece of binding can be cut either on the bias or using the straight edge of fabric.

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