Thursday, 3 October 2013

Barn potholder project

I have for you today a potholder project to make. It is very simple and even a beginner should be able to complete this project. I count myself as a beginner in patchwork and managed to make the project. I hand sewed my project and appliqued the doors, windows and door decoration on (just two triangle pieces). For the batting I used an old kitchen towel.

Click on the image and it will take you to the larger image to print out. I added the sizes for all the edges of the pattern pieces to help if needed.


¼ yard blue for background and backing

Scraps of red, dark red, pale


Bias binding (optional)


  1. Pre-wash and iron all fabrics, Press all seams as you sew.
  2. For hand piecing cut seam allowances away and transfer pattern pieces to template material trace around templates on wrong side of fabric with pencil to mark seam lines and add ¼ “ seam allowance to each piece as you cut the fabric.
  3. Always cut and stitch a sample block before cutting an entire quilt
  4. Cut block as follows: cut 1 each of the barn pieces. Cut 71/2 inch background square. Piece the barn and attach to the background square.
  5. If preferred use bind to finish edges and make a hanging loop.

Overall a couple days hand piecing this project was time well spent I think. But don't do the boo-boo I did and put the hanging loop on the wrong side! With Christmas looming around the corner this could be an early start to presents. If you want to make a nine patch potholder to go with your barn I did a lesson here (adjust the pattern size for a potholder.)


  1. That looks very nice, Shiralee. I was in a potholder swap last year on the Down to Earth Forum and found it hard to get the potholder looking 'just right' as I had never made one before. The American lady I swapped with was an expert patchworker and sent me a couple of fabulous potholders. It was quite amusing!

  2. Nanna Chel, I know what you mean. This isn't perfect by any means but it is a good start towards aiming to be at least a little better.

  3. How lovely and beautiful! Love that homemade as always. enjoy looking around here at your blog, and are happy you found mine. Wishing you a wonderful Saturday..

    hugs Lycke