I have made so many hot pot holders in my life. Before selling quilting patterns, I used to make and sell rice bags, hot pot holders, and lots of other things. Making these is also a great excuse to practice your Free Motion Quilting and Ruler quilting.
For a set of two matching hot pot holders, you will need:
4 squares of cotton fabric that is 8 inches square.
2 squares of Insul-brite which is insulated batting that is also 8 inches square.
2 strips of 1 1/2 inch wide fabric that is the width of fabric (WOF).
Create two sandwiches from the fabric and batting.
Quilt the fabric sandwiches with whatever design you would like.
Add binding. You can use whatever method you find best, but I like the quick and easy version for hot pot holders. (Although quilts need the best!)
I start by using a 1/4" seam allowance and wrong sides of the fabric together, sew the binding along all four sides, leaving the extra attached at the end.
Next, clip the corners. This helps the corners lay flatter.
At this point it should look like this.
Roll the binding over to the other side, turning 1/4" under. Stitch down close to the edge. Start stitching the same place where you started on the other side. Stop about 3 inches before the end.
Cut the extra binding about 3 inches past the end of the hot pot holder. Make sure the binding is still folded, as shown in the picture. Wrap the extra around and tuck the end under the binding to make the loop. Finish stitching to the end of the hot pot holder. You will not need to stitch the loop.
You are all finished! These make great gifts for house warmings, birthdays, Christmas, weddings, etc.
Have fun quilting!