A few months ago I sketched out a bunch of pot holders I want to make from old jeans.
These two chicken pot holders are so adorable. I don’t think I’ll want to use them or risk getting them dirty! 😀
My favorite pot holders are probably pot holders with finger protectors, whenever I’m pulling something from the oven, I find myself reaching for these pot holders.
These pot holders are easy to make using supplies you probably already have on hand. They also protect so well!
Super-Cute Chicken Pot Holders
Here’s an overview of how I made these wacky chicken pot holders. I don’t plan on putting up a tutorial or pattern. I just winged it as outlined below.
- Drew the chicken pot holder pattern
- Created pattern pieces using an old manila file (it’s easier to trace around a manila file than it is a piece of paper). You could also use an empty cereal box for the traceable pattern.
– main chicken body
– smaller chicken body for the inside insulation (which is three layers of denim)
– comb (hat looking thing on the chicken head)
– I used buttons for the eyes
- I used denim for the pot holder backing
- I used three layers of denim for the insulation
- I used cotton scraps for the main chicken body, wings, nose, and comb
Here’s my actual drawing. Yep, I draw like a five-year-old.
I started off by making the pattern pieces (from my drawing), I made templates out of a manila file. I made the wings more alike than in my drawing.
I also made a template for the denim on the inside of the potholder (insulation) which is just slightly smaller than the main chicken body.
I didn’t want to struggle with four layers of denim in the seam.
I stitched the insulating layers to the back fabric.
I traced the main chicken fabric to fabric and then cut it out about 1/4″ larger than the line. I then used scraps of fabric for the wings, nose, and comb.
I traced each part onto the wrong side of a scrap of fabric and then stitched the scrap right sides together with another scrap. Alternatively, you could use fusible web for this part.
Or you could do needle-turn applique. I left the long straightish sides of the wings open for easy turning. I also left the comb end open for turning.
I turned the beak right side out by cutting a slit in one of the fabrics, taking care not to get within 1/4″ of the seam.
I used a mechanical pencil with the lead all the way down to push the curves and the corners of the fabric out. Then I pressed the wings, nose, and comb with a hot iron.
I pinned the wings and nose in place on the right side of the chicken body and stitched them down. I manually sewed on the button eyes.
Next, I layered the chicken front to the chicken back right sides together. I left an opening where the comb is inserted after turning the wacky chicken pot holder right side out.
TIP: If I made this pot holder again, I’d probably go ahead and stitch in the comb and leave an opening at the bottom of the chicken for turning the right side out.
I think, since the bottom is fairly straight, it would be easier to deal with than the curve of the head.
Before flipping the chicken right sides out, I trimmed down the seam allowance (look at the bigger chicken body, and you’ll see the trimmed seam allowance).
After turning the pot holder right side out I stitched around the edges.
Here are more chicken pot holder patterns to make:
- Swanky Chicken Trivit Potholder
- Chicken Folding Pot Holder
- Chicken Potholder Pattern Free
- Pattern for Chicken Potholder – This one is a purchase but it’s super cute!
- This Etsy shop has a lot of chicken-themed sewing patterns at reasonable prices.
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