Santa Belly Pot Holder – Free Crochet Pattern

The holidays are fast approaching and that means it’s time to prep for all that cooking! That’s why I designed the super cute and simple crochet pot holders!

This Santa Belly Pot Holder can easily be adjusted to be an Elf, or you can just make it striped to match your decor colors. In fact, this pot holder could be used all year long!

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And, there’s also a Snowman Belly Pot Holder, Gingerbread Belly Pot Holder, and an Elf Belly Pot Holder!

Snowman Belly Crochet Pot Holder. White with red scarf and black crochet buttons.


Graphic with black background and Christmas florals

Blackstone Designs, A Crocheted Simplicity, Crystalized Designs, and Sincerely Pam are together again to bring you a fun blog hop style CAL.

>>Get the CAL details HERE.

You can check out our past CALs here:

Valentine’s Day Classroom CAL
Spring Cleaning CAL
Haunted Hop CAL
Back to School CAL

Each blogger has designed a brand new Christmas themed pattern that can be used in the Kitchen! Each pattern will be free on our blogs, but you will need to join each designer’s Facebook Community Group in order to participate and enter to win prizes.

Blackstone Designs | Crochet Community

A Crocheted Simplicity Crochet Community

Crystalized Designs Crochet Group

Monthly CAL | Sincerely Pam

This CAL runs from October 7th – 20th. When you finish each pattern, you will post a photo of your finished item in that designer’s Facebook group to enter to win a pattern from that designer and be entered to win a $25 Gift Card to Amazon! The more projects you complete, the greater your chances are of winning!

For Bonus Entries, show off your WIPs and finished projects on social media using #ChristmasKitchenCAL!

Let’s make these pot holders!

Find this pattern on Etsy


Paintbox Yarns Cotton Aran (#4) [or comparable 100% cotton yarn]
Red [3.5oz/100g]
Black [1oz/30g]
Yellow [Scraps]
White [Scraps]
Yarn Needle
1/4 yd 100% Cotton Batting (Optional, but recommended)
Scissors or Rotary Cutter (For cutting batting)

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Stitch Guide

arnd = around
ch = chain
dc = double crochet
sc = single crochet
sl st(s) = slip stitch(es)


12 sts x 12 rows = 4″
Gauge is not critical for this project

Finished Measurements 

8.25″W x 8.75″H 

Skill Level


Written in U.S. Terms



  • 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 = 36″H, 1/4 yard of fabric = 9″H, but the width is 54″ wide and vinyl doesn’t have a specific cutting direction.
  • Beginning chains do not count as stitches.
  • For the first 4 rows (black belt) use a loose tension to avoid pulling and puckering once you add the body. If you have difficulty loosening your tension, use a J/10/6.00mm crochet hook for these rows.


With Black,

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

R2. Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn (24)

R3-4. Repeat R2

With Red,

R5. Repeat R2

R6. Ch 1, *sc, dc* across, turn (24)

R7-44. Repeat R6; Fasten at the end of R44. (24)


With Red,

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 Yellow,

R1. Ch 20, join to form a ring; Working in the back bump of the chains: Ch 1, *sc x 6, 2 sc, sc x 2, 2 sc* 2X, sl st to join in the 1st sc, do not turn (24)

R2. Ch 1, sc in same space as ch, sc x 5, 2 sc x 2, sc x 2, 2 sc x 2, sc x 6, 2 sc x 2, sc x 2, 2 sc x 2, sl st to join in the 1st sc; Fasten.


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


  • Lay large panel flat and lay batting over the bottom edge (red edge).
  • Lay small red panel over the batting, lining up the bottom edges.
  • Thread needle with red 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. 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 end of each row up the side, in each stitch across the top, and in the 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 buckle to the center of the black belt.
  • Attach hanger to upper left corner as desired.

Click on the links below to get to the other patterns in this CAL:

Snowman Belly Pot Holder – Blackstone Designs

Hairpin Lace Table Runner – Crystalized Designs

Farmhouse Apron – Sincerely Pam

Buffalo Plaid Kitchen Towel – A Crocheted Simplicity

Loving the Santa theme?

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

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7 thoughts on “Santa Belly Pot Holder – Free Crochet Pattern”

  1. Is there a video to follow to crochet these? I’m having trouble with how to crochet the buckle for Santa. Sc x 6 does that mean all in 1 chain.

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