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Christmas Tree Pot Holder Project

Sew a Christmas pot holder

This Christmas tree pot holder tutorial has been provided by quilt designer, Jo Westfoot from The Crafty Nomad. Take a look at her website for more fun patterns, free tutorials and details about her monthly subscription service –

This fun contemporary patchwork pattern features a Christmas tree! This pattern will provide dimensions to make a 12½ inch block. It’s the perfect size for a Pot Holder to protect your table from heat marks. But you could easily add extra borders and turn it into a cushion. Or why not make lots of blocks and turn it into a cosy Christmas quilt!

You will need…

Four Fat Quarters of fabric

Wadding: 13½ x 13½ inches

Insulbright: 13½ x 13½ inches

Thread, pins & scissors

Sewing Machine

FINISHED SIZE – 12½ inches square approx.



Read ALL instructions before beginning

Press all fabrics well before cutting

All seam allowances ¼ inch

Cutting – all measurements in inches

Tree fabric:

Cut one of each: 3½ x 2in; 4½ x 2in; 5½ x 2in; 6½ x 2in; 7½ x 2in

Background fabric:

For the tree, cut two (2) of each: 5 x 2in; 4½ x 2in; 4 x 2in; 3½ x 2in; 3 x 2in

For the tree stump, cut two: 4½ x 2in

Tree Stump fabric:

Cut one: 1½ x 2in

Border fabric:

Cut two of each: 2 x 9½in; 12½ x 2in

Binding fabric:

Cut 60 x 1⅞in – this can be pieced or you can buy ready-made binding

Backing fabric: 14½ x 14½in

Wadding: 13½ x 13½in

Insulbright – Insulated wadding: 13½ x 13½in


Piecing the Block

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1. Stitch a 4½ x 2 inch background fabric rectangle either side of the tree stump fabric. Press all seams open

Project by The Crafty Nomad

2. To make the tree, there are five rows, each formed of two background pieces and one tree piece. Each row is formed in the same way, as follows. Starting with the bottom row, lay out the largest tree piece right sides up horizontally. Take the two smallest background rectangles and lay them right sides down vertically at each end of the tree piece. Stitch 45° line as shown.

Christmas patchwork block

3. Trim excess on corners with 1/4 inch seam allowance, fold over and press seams open.


Make a patchwork Christmas tree block

4. Repeat with remaining rows.


Machine sewn patchwork

5. Stitch the tree rows together to form the central block and trim to 9½ inch square.

Add borders to a patchwork block

6. Add the two side borders.

Sewing simple patchwork blocks

7. Add the top and bottom borders. Trim to 12½ inch square.

Layering a quilt sandwich

8. Lay out the backing fabric wrong side facing up, place the Insulbright in the centre with the regular wadding on top. Then place your pieced block in the centre right side up.


Quilting parallel lines

9. Pin together with curved safety pins. Using a walking foot to stitch lines as desired.


Seal a quilt edge

10. Trim off the excess backing fabric and wadding.

TIP: Zigzag stitch around the four edges. This will make your life much easier when attaching the binding as with two layers of wadding it can be really bulky and the zig zag stitches will compress the bulk.


Machine binding a quilt

11. Attach the binding to the back starting at one corner all the way around.


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12. Stitch ⅜ inch from the edge and have your bobbin loaded with a colour that matches your fabric on the front.

Tips on how to bind a quilt

13. Before you reach the end, stop and fold over the binding at the start, so that it gets sewn in correctly.


Machine sewn binding

14. Now fold your binding over to the front and top stitch close to the edge of the binding, continuing all the way to the end of the tail. Forming a hanging loop at the end and stitch in place.

The Crafty Nomad festive sewing project

Your Christmas tree pot holder is finished!


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For other Christmas projects from The Sewing Directory visit our free sewing projects page and click the Christmas tag.