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Turn Old Jeans into Pot Holders



Turn the seat of an old pair of jeans into potholders. The jean pockets, already ready for slipping in your hands, make this sewing project a breeze.  This is a fun and simple project that crafters of all skill levels can make, and a great way to reuse an old pair of jeans that has seen better days!  You can even make these fun potholders as a gift for a new neighbor or a fellow coworker.  Durable and strong, these potholders are a cook's best tool!



  • Old pair of jeans
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Wool batting
  • Sewing pins
  • Sewing machine



  1. Find a pair of old jeans. Perhaps you have an unsightly hole that is beyond mending like me?
  2. Cut two 10 inch squares around each pocket, with the pocket as close to the center of the square as possible.
  3. Cut out two 10 inch squares in fabric to match the denim squares.
  4. For the insulation layer, use two layers of thick wool batting cut to equal squares, or use several layers of denim squares cut from the jean legs.
  5. For each potholder, assemble the three square layers of denim, insulation, fabric. Align the insulation squares with the fabric square, with the wrong side of the fabric touching the insulation. Pin in place. Align this pinned piece with the denim square, with the right side of the denim touching the fabric piece. Pin in place.
  6. With a ½ inch seam allowance, stitch three sides of each pot holder.
  7. Turn inside out and press. Topstitch the remaining side closed. Repeat for other potholder.

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Dec 19, 2013

It would be great to see the pics of this project :)


Sep 6, 2013

YOU need to POST PHOTOS!!!!


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Mar 12, 2013

Yes if there were pics i could quite easliy make a pair or two.


Feb 25, 2013

I wish there were pictures showing each step, I feel the directions are a little confusing.


Jul 21, 2012

I use old matress pads works great


Feb 27, 2012

potholders have been made from old levis since before my time and I am 67 so they are time-tested basic homemaking. Mine had no fill except we used more than two layers of levi. You would cut the two and test for feel and flexibility and add additional layers. whatever cotton fabric leftovers would be fine but the levi is the best insulation from the heat of a cast iron skillet. we would sew the outer two layers together and turn to the right side and stitch diagonally across the center to help crease the fold when you would grab something hot. Try it and you will be amazed. these will also work for hot pads to place under hot pans.


Jan 8, 2012

Instead of using batting, I would use Insul-Bright. It is a batting made for using with projects that will contact heat. This way, you won't burn your fingers using the potholders!


Dec 6, 2011

instead of using batting, i take old bath towels and cut them to size. They work just as well for the heat and i find are easier to sew on the machine because it doesn't shift like batting does.


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