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Hexie Potholder

Hexie Potholder Project

The Folk Art Factory presents: an original design by Debbie von Grabler-Crozier.  This hexagon potholder would make a great addition to any kitchen, and it’s a scrap friendly make too. What’s more you can use this design as a quilt block, a table mat or to make a mini quilt – just leave off the handle. If you’d like to increase the size just keep adding strips. 

Supplies list


An assortment of coordinating fat 8ths. You need about 6 or 7 and it is fine to repeat a favourite. I have chosen mine from the Mediterraneo 

collection by Katarina Roccella for Art Gallery Fabrics (find UK stockists on the Hantex website)

FQ of coordinating fabric for backing. I used Djulovi Distressed also from the Mediterraneo collection by Katarina Roccella for Art Gallery Fabrics 


FQ of Vlieseline H630 fusible wadding 

Everything Else:

Small piece of tan leather about 15cm long x 2cm wide (6” x ¾”)

1x gold Chicago Screw*

Leather hole punch

*Look for these online and aim for one with a shorter post. These wonderful components were first used in the publishing industry for keeping reams of paper together but they are a wonderful steal for sewists!

If you don’t want to add a leather strap make a fabric strap of the same size and follow instructions further down for adding it. Your initial piece of fabric will need to be cut 15cm long and 8cm wide. Use the technique shown in the illustration on this page to make your strap.  

Hexie Potholder Template

Project Instructions

NB: seam allowances are all ½ cm (1/4”) unless otherwise stated. Please read all instructions through and assemble the equipment before beginning.

The finished potholder measures 28cm (11″) across the widest part and 24cm (9 1/2″) from top to bottom. 

This make is a kind of log cabin style construction beginning with a central hexie to help you to get the shape and then using strips. Cut your strips from the F8ths 4cm (1 ½”) wide x the length of the 8th. The strips are attached to the central hexie and then trimmed back. There are no Y seams with this method!

TIP: Cut one strip from each F8th (this is a great scrap buster if you decide to go down that road).

Adding strips to hexagons

Cut the central hexie and take one strip and attach it to one side of the hexie centre. This is a great opportunity to fussy cut a special fabric for the centre.

TIP: Ensure that you have at least ½ cm (¼”) overhang each side when you attach the strip. When you flip it over to trim it, it does strange things. Don’t even THINK about trimming before you flip!

Hexie Pot holder

Open it out and trim following the lines of the centre shape.

Steps to sew a potholder

Take a second strip and add that as you did before.

Adding strips to hexies

Flip it open and trim that too.

Log cabin with hexagon shape

Keep adding pieces like this until you have finished the first round. Add a second and third round the same way. If you want a smaller pot holder, you can stop after two rounds.

Trim the hexie shape so that it is perfect and fuse a piece of H630 the same size and shape to the back.

TIP: If you are using a fabric strap fold it in half and place so the raw edges align with one edge of the hexagon. Stitch into place with a 1/8th inch seam.  Ensure the strap stays tucked in between the layers when you do the step below. 

Lay the hexie front onto a piece of backing fabric and sew the sides leaving a turning gap.

TIP: I like to leave the backing fabric a little larger than the front to allow for shifting.

Trim the backing fabric back to the size and shape of the front and turn out through the gap. Close the gap and press so that the edges are perfect.

Finished potholder quilted

Quilt with concentric lines about 1cm (3/8”) apart using the pot holder shape as a guide.

TIP: You can make as many or as few lines as you like.

Sewing a strap onto a project

Take the leather hanging strap and trim if needed. Mine is about 2cm wide x 15cm long (3/4” x 6”). Make a hole about 1cm (3/8”) in from each end.

Make a hole in the hexie mat too and attach the leather hanging strap using the Chicago Screw.

TIP: Make the holes the same size as the shank (post) on the Chicago Screw.

Hexie Potholder Project

© Debbie von Grabler-Crozier 2018

I blog at https://thefolkartfactory.com/

Vlieseline from  Six Penny Memories – http://www.six-penny.com/ Tel: 01207 565728

and Lady Sew and Sew, 0162 8890532, info@ladysewandsew.co.ukwww.ladysewandsew.co.uk

Hantex: For further details & stockists information please visit www.hantex.co.uk/mystockist