A lot of scrappy potholders were made this past winter. Different ways were tried in binding the potholders. The natural way for a quilt maker was to bind like a quilt.
Finally my head decided to use the old fashion way of binding clothes when garments were made several years ago. The positive about this method gives 1 less layer of fabric for the sewing machine to pound through.
Start with a 1½ inch wide strip. A long strip will make several loops.
Fold in half to find the center then fold the edges to meet the center.
Put loop wherever you like.
Cut a 1 inch wide strip. (I use a fat 1 inch.)
as long as needed or pieced to go around potholder.
Stitch the one layer of binding
around 1/4 inch from edge.
(I follow edge of general foot along edge of pot holder
thus the reason I use a fat 1 inch.)
A sample to show details of machine stitching around edge
then edges folded to center.
Iron to show crease.
Stitch on first crease.
However, if I'm in a hurry or these are definitely more
for utility purposes and not worrying about how my skills work,
I use Georgia Bonesteel's "Fly By" method.
Said her Grandmother would ask,
"If someone flies by on a horse, would they see it?"
To hand stitch,
still use the machine to stitch the strip (first step.)
Then fold over and hand stitch instead of machine top stitching.