Pot Holder Crochet Double Thick Hot Pad made from a Square!

May 13, 2024 | Tutorials

This pot holder crochet tutorial will show you how to make a double thick crochet hot pad with any large crochet square! A complete photo and video tutorial by Nana’s Crafty Home.

Crochet pot holders have always been one of my personal favorites. I love to make crochet hot pads for bridal showers, quick housewarming gifts and even for my own home! Why buy pot holders when you can make your own?? Such a fun way to add some crochet color to your kitchen decor.

Turn any crochet square into a pot holder tutorial

There are several ways to make a double-thick potholder and one of my favorite ways is to make them is from a large crochet square. This is a very versatile way to use your favorite squares, too!

And I think that folding the square towards the center really adds a unique flair to your finished pot holder as well!

I am working on a new crochet pattern for a double thick crochet potholder made from a square that will be releasing very soon. I wanted to put together a quick tutorial for how to turn that square into a hot pad so you can learn this quick and easy technique! The Mosaic Medley Double Thick Hot Pad made from a square free pattern is now available!

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How to make a Double Thick pot holder from a crochet square

First you will want to decide on the size you want for your finished hot pad. I like a good-sized pot holder at least 7″- 8″ square. A 12″ square will yield a finished pot holder of 8″ because we are folding the corners of the square into the center – approximately one-third of the square. 

11″ square = 7 1/2″ (approximate) finished size

12″ square = 8″ finished size

15″ square = 10″ finished size

Mosaic Medley square with corners folded

Make your square in any stitch pattern from cotton yarn. Cotton yarn is recommended for functional hot pads as acrylic yarn will scorch and/or melt on contact with a extremely hot pots or pans.

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There are so many different cotton yarns out there to choose from. Some of my personal favorites are Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Cotton, Lily Sugar ‘n Cream or We Crochet’s Dishie yarn. This is the perfect time to raid your cotton yarn stash and use up some of those partial skeins I know you have lying around waiting for the perfect project!

To get started simply choose your crochet hook, favorite cotton yarn and find your favorite crochet square pattern to get started!

Your crochet square can be as simple or as complex as you choose. They can be a center-out, side-to-side, or a bottom-up square. However, if you want a finished square hot pad, you will need to start with a square – width and height are the same measurement.

For the video tutorial I am using my Ribbon Mosaic Square which is an approximate 12″ finished size. This easy square is a free crochet pattern on the blog and it makes a lovely crochet pot holder.

I also have a complete video tutorial for this technique as well and you can find it on YouTube.

When you finish your square you will want to fasten off your final end leaving a very long tail for sewing. For a 12″ square I suggest approximately 50″ of length before fastening off. This tail will be used to seam together all the edges so there won’t be any extra ends to weave in after seaming.

How to fold and seam your Pot Holder Crochet Square

Depending on how rounded the corners of your crochet square are, you may find it easier to block your square prior to folding and seaming.

Place the long tail on your tapestry needle and with the wrong side of your square facing up, fold 2 corners (corners 1 & 2) together towards the center of the square. Note that one of the corners you fold towards the center will need to be the corner with the long end of yarn attached.

Folding and seaming first corner of square

Begin whip stitching the edges of the sides together to the edge. The invisible mattress stitch would be another option for your seam. 

Once those edges are seamed together you will then fold the next corner (corner #3) towards the center of the square. Insert your needle with the long end of yarn below the seam you just made and bring your needle up to the center of the square.

Work your join stitches towards the outside corner edge of the hot pad. Once that seam is finished you will have one final corner (corner #4) to fold down towards the center. Insert your needle into the middle of your hot pad and pull up yarn at the top outside edge closest to your last seam, fold the final corner down towards the center. Line up the stitches from the outside edge to the middle corner so that the stitches line up. Whip stitch join towards the center of the hot pad.

Folding and seaming process for turning a square into a pot holder

At the center (where all four corners meet in the middle) you may want to place a few more stitches to reinforce that center especially if the corner edges of your crochet square are more rounded. Then continue whip stitch joining along the final edges to the outside edge of the hot pad.

Weave in your final end to complete.

Now you are ready to add an optional hanging loop to any outside corner edge of the hot pad. To add a simple loop, with yarn on hook, insert hook into any corner of hot pad, attach yarn to corner with slip stitch, ch 16, sl st in second ch from hook and in each ch to end.

Add a loop to crochet pot holder corner

Fasten off, leaving a long tail. With long end of yarn on needle, sew end of chain to corner creating a loop. Secure and weave in end.

Finishing loop for crochet pot holder

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Turn any crochet square into a pot holder tutorial


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Hi! Thank you so much for being here! I am Tonya the designer behind Nana's Crafty Home. As a wife, mother, Nana of 9 & with 2 fur babies, my days are filled with love, laughter, hugs and yarn! Here you will find colorful and creative crochet designs for yourself or loved ones. My hope is that you will be inspired to learn and create along with me!