Easy Scrap Denim Potholder

I’ve been collecting old blue jeans for several years so I can create a denim quilt but that is a big project that takes a long time. Recently I decided to do a much smaller project with some of my denim scraps – a scrap denim potholder for my kitchen. I gathered several pieces of denim and a piece of wool to make a heat-safe trivet for my counter. This is a great project that only takes about 45 minutes to complete.

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Easy Scrap Denim Potholders


  • Denim Scraps
  • Other Fabric Scraps
  • Sewing Machine
  • Batting or wool


I sewed together some strips of license plate fabric and denim so I created a long rectangle of fabric. I made it long enough that I can cut two potholders from the same project.

Tip: I sewed the pieces together in a haphazard strip-quilt style then trimmed them up with a straight edge. I originally thought about making a Christmas stocking with this design and then got too busy during December so this is a great second-idea project!

  • Sew two matching squares with right sides together then flip and press for a crisp edge.
  • Cut your piece of wool batting slightly smaller than the pocket you just created.
  • Hand stitch around the open edge to complete your project.

Use as a resting place for hot pans and enjoy using something you made from scraps!

Bonus idea: Pair this homemade potholder with some new kitchen utensils and share it with a friend next time you need a housewarming gift or wedding shower idea.

Have you ever made homemade potholders from scrap fabric? Got any tips or ideas from personal experience? I’d love to hear!

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