I had LOTS OF FUN making these scrappy little potholders from a Craftsy class I’m taking, Tara Rebman’s – Quilt-As-You-Go: Patchwork Bags.  

Tara’s class is perfect for new quilters with basic sewing machine skills.  Tara is warm and inspiring, and she thoroughly covers each step of the construction process with you.

The potholder is the first project in the class so you can learn the quilt-as-you-go technique before moving on to the “Tinker” patchwork bag shown below.

Quilts as You Go Patchwork Bags by Tara Rebman

You can use scraps from your stash to build the potholder, quilting one piece of fabric at a time using a scrappy, log-cabin block.  I had a stash of mini charm packs, and decided the Happy-Go-Lucky charm pack by Bonnie & Camille would be perfect for this project.

Happy-Go-Lucky Charm Pack

Happy-Go-Lucky Charm Pack

The squares in this charm pack are only 2-1/2 inches, so when I needed larger strips of fabric to complete the block, I pieced 2-to-3 squares together, and cut as needed to fit the space.  This gave the potholder an even scrappier look that I really liked.


The only supply I had to purchase to complete the project was Insulbrite (an insulated batting to reflect heat)  that I picked up at JoAnn’s. Everything else the pattern called for I had on hand — fabric scraps and a small piece of cotton batting, oh, and of course, THREAD.

Hope you have enjoyed my QAYG post.  I have big plans to make several of these for Xmas gifts! The QAYG Tinker Tote Bag is an upcoming project, and I’ll post photos when completed.

Please share, comment, and offer tips below.  Happy Sewing!

Teri of The Hummingbird Thread


Piece of Cake Quilt
Quilt-As-You-Go Patchwork Bag




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