Turkey Day Potholder

Potholder finishedThis potholder will gobble up some scraps, leaving you plenty of time to enjoy the holiday. Scroll down to the end for the scale drawing of the pattern, copyright info and permissions for use.


Section A- the Tail

Section A marks 1.5 inch

Cut a yellow scrap 4 and 1/2 inches x 4 and 1/2 inches.

Mark a dot 1 and 1/2 inches from each end as shown.

Cut from the upper right corner to each dot.


Section A pieces cut

Cut 2 background rectangles with right sides together  2″ x 5″section A rrectangles

You need 2 because you want the right side of the triangles going in the correct direction.

Cut along the diagonal as shown. Position the pieces and sew to the tail A.

section A pieces to sew


section A donePaper Piecing on parchment

Section B

I used a paper piecing technique to make this part. It’s very easy to create your own paper piecing template using Parchment Paper (comes on a roll for baking). I like it because it’s inexpensive and you can see through it very easily.  Place a scrap of parchment on your cutting mat so you can see the measurement lines. Remember to make 2 of these- Draw a 2″ x 4″ rectangle.

Now, draw lines to form a “Flying Geese”. Make a dot on the middle of the bottom side of the rectangle. Connect each upper corner with that dot.

paper piecing draw lines



Now, draw the square. From each upper corner,   paper piecing draw sqaure

come down 1″ and over 1″ and make a dot.

Draw a dot in the middle of the

long side (opposite the V you already drew).

Connect the dots to form a square,

Label the square 1, the little triangles 2 & 3,

the large triangles 4 & 5.

Paper piecing labels

Section B- Fabric Placement                                                                                                 paper piecing position #1

You will place the fabric on the front side of the paper and sew from the back.

Set your stitch length on your machine for a smaller than usual length.

I used a 2.0 instead of the usual 2.4. Because this is parchment paper

and intended for baking, you don’t have to remove the paper when

you are finished unless you want to. I left the paper in.

I used a golden brown for square 1. Cut a piece large enough to leave a

quarter inch around all the lines. I used a pin to prevent it from slipping.

#2 & 3 are background pieces. I cut a 2″ square of cream muslin on 1 diagonal to make the triangle pieces.

paper peicing position #2

Position the background triangle so it

overlaps the line by at least 1/8″ and       paper piecing 1 to 2 sew on back

fold it over to make sure it covers         all the space.

Turn the paper over and sew on        the line between 1 and 2. Press #2       flat.

Repeat for #3.




For #4 & 5, I cut light brown/tan rectangles 2 and 1/4 x 3 and 1/4. Sew them in place just like you did # 2 and #3.  Press.

Trim on the outer line.  Remember to make 2 of these. Cut 2 Brown rectangles 2 1/2 x 4 and sew to the bottom as shown. Press.

Cut two background strips 1 and 1/2″ x 4″ to add to each side of section B. I sewed this on at the end but you can sew it now if you want. Refer to the scale diagram at the end of this post.

paper piecing fold back rectangle

Paper piecing PressPaper piecing step done

Section C- Feet & legs                                                                      Applique legs

Cut a 3 and 1/2 inch background square. I assembled mine

before I appliqued the feet because I thought I wanted to

embroider them. If you are going to applique your feet, it’s

best to add them now. Draw the legs & feet on a scrap of

Wonder Under. Press onto the back of a yellow or tan

scrap. Cut out and applique in place.

Sections D & E- Rectangles with a Half-Square Triangle sewn on the end

For D & E, cut 2 brown rectangles 2″ x 3 and 1/2 inches.

Also, cut 2 background 2″ squares. Position the square on the end of the rectangle,

draw a diagonal line.

Piece D & E draw lines

Here’s a cool tip for those of you who love working with scraps. Instead of cutting off the little      triangles and throwing them away, draw another line 3/8 of an inch from the first, toward the  outside of the square. Sew on both lines. Cut between them. Now you have the piece you need, and  a little leftover square ready for your next scrap project.  Piece F is just a brown 2″ square.

Section D with leftover      Sewing sections together


Sew the pieces together. Layer with a backing and batting. If you are going to use this to handle hot pots, I recommend putting the silver ironing board fabric on the back to prevent burns. I quilted in the ditch around all the shapes and then added lines to texture the feathers.


Potholder quilting

Draw the head on a scrap of Wonder Under     eyes beak & wattle

and press on the back of a Tan scrap.

Applique in place. I embroidered the eyes,

beak and wattle, but you can draw them

with a fabric marker if you prefer.

Square up your potholder and add a

binding to finish.






scale drawing© 2014 Donna MJ Kinsey, Kinsey Quilts

You may not reproduce this pattern or directions in whole or in part by any means for purposes of selling it. You may share it freely, make as many of the designs as you wish, and sell the fabric creations. I wish you prosperity and joy. Happy Thanksgiving from Kinsey Quilts.

I would love to hear what you think about this pattern. If you have questions or comments, please email me: donnamjkinsey.quilts@gmail.com.