Gingerbread Belly Pot Holder – Free Crochet Pattern

I designed this adorably simple Gingerbread Belly Pot Holder to add a little fun to your holiday events!

Whether you like to bake cookies, or host big gatherings for Christmas dinner, these pot holders are sure to get attention!

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>> Also available in this set are the  Santa Belly Pot Holder, Snowman Belly Pot Holder, and Elf Belly Pot Holder patterns.

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Worsted Weight Cotton Yarn (#4) 
-Brown [3.5oz/100g]
-White [1oz/30g]
-Red [Scraps]
-Green [Scraps]
J/10/6.00mm Hook
I/9/5.50mm Hook
Yarn Needle
1/4 yd 100% Cotton Batting (Optional, but recommended)
Scissors or Rotary Cutter (For cutting batting)


12 sts x 12 rows = 4″

Gauge is not critical for this project

Finished Measurement

8.25″W x 8.75″H 

Gauge is not critical for this project

Stitch Guide

arnd = around

ch = chain

dc = double crochet

dec = single crochet decrease

sc = single crochet

sl st(s) = slip stitch(es)

Skill Level





  • Batting is used for heat resistance. This will provide more padding and protection from hot surfaces, however, two layers of crocheted cotton is typically thick enough for short term protection (from oven to stove top). Cotton Batting can be found in any store that sells fabric.
  • 100% cotton yarn (and batting) is required. Acrylics can melt if they become too hot.
  • A yard of fabric (batting) = 36″H, 1/4 yard of fabric = 9″H, but the width is 54″ wide and batting doesn’t have a specific cutting direction.
  • Beginning chains do not count as stitches.
  • J Hook is only used for the first 3 rows. 
  • Tutorial photos are on the last page.



With White + J Hook,

R1. Ch 27, sc in the back bump of the 2nd ch and in next ch, 2 sc, sc x 2, *dec, sc x 2, 2 sc, sc x 2* across, turn (27)

R2. Ch 1, sc x 2, *2 sc, sc x 2, dec, sc x 2* across to last 4 sts, 2 sc, skip 1 st, sc x 2, turn (27)

R3. Repeat R2

With Brown + I Hook,

R4. Ch 1, sc, skip 1, sc x 11, skip 1, sc x 11, skip 1, sc in last, turn (24)

R5. Ch 1, *sc, dc* across, turn (24)

R6-44. Repeat R5; Fasten at the end of R44. (24)


With Brown + I Hook,

R1. Ch 25, sc in the back bump of the 2nd ch and in each ch across, turn (24)

R2. Ch 1, *sc, dc* across, turn (24)

R3-25. Repeat R2; Fasten at the end of R25. (24)


With Red or Green + I Hook,

R1. Make magic ring, ch 1, 6 sc in ring, do not join (6)

R2. *2 sc, sc* arnd, sl st to join in 1st sc; Fasten. (9)


Ch 16, sc in back bump of 2nd ch and across; Fasten. (15)


  • Lay large panel flat and lay batting over the bottom edge (brown edge).
  • Lay small brown panel over the batting, lining up the bottom edges.
  • Thread needle with brown yarn and insert needle from front to back, then from back to front one stitch over, close to the upper right corner. Tie tails into a knot. — Repeat this step 8 more times in the following locations: right center, bottom right corner, bottom middle, center, upper middle, upper left corner, left center, bottom left corner. <This step tacks the 3 layers together and holds the batting in place. >
  • Insert hook under the small panel and pull the tails and knots to the inside of the pot holder to hide them.
  • Fold the remaining portion of the large panel up over the batting and small panel (so white edge overlaps the small front panel). Pin into place as needed. <Front pocket created>
  • Insert hook in bottom right corner, through all 3 layers, and single crochet in the same space and in the end of each row up the side, in each stitch across the top, and end of each row down the left edge. Fasten. Make sure you’re working through all crochet layers around. Do not crochet across the top of the pocket.
  • Attach buttons to the front center, approximately 1/2″ apart.
  • Attach hanger to upper left corner as desired.

Loving the Gingerbread theme?

You can get a matching Gingerbread Belly Flatware Holder pattern right here on this blog!

My friend Jennifer at A Crocheted Simplicity has this adorable Gingerbread Man Kitchen Towel too!

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5 thoughts on “Gingerbread Belly Pot Holder – Free Crochet Pattern”

  1. These are adorable!! I was planning on doing handcrafted things for Christmas presents and these will work perfectly! I also do needlework and want to do a small cross stitch square with Christmas designs and put them on the front of the pocket.

  2. Hi there,
    Just wondering about when it says in row 2 2 sc, sc x2. Is it 2 sc together and then sc in the next two stitches? I’m still fairly new to reading patterns.

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