Do you ever have an idea and you think, “That would be awesome!” but you keep putting if off? That is how these turned out for me. I had thought about making my own hot pads for months and I liked the idea of joining them together so I didn’t have to go looking for the one I just used but placed somewhere and can’t remember. I figured this way, at least they were connected and they would be good for taking out my casserole dishes from the oven. The other bonus is that I could use some cute fabric that I had on hand instead of the blah colors that I always seemed to get.
Here’s what you need to get started:
- Fabric 2 pieces 7.5×21″
- Fabric 4 pieces 7.5×6.5″
- Warm & Natural Batting 1 piece 7.5×21″
- Warm & Natural Batting 2 pieces 7.5×6.5″
- Thermal Batting (white) 1 piece 7.5×21″
- Enough fabric for binding
Here are the pieces below. The white one has the look of batting crossed with one of those thermal blankets in a car emergency kit. I just asked one of the ladies at the craft store what I would need to make a hot pad and she said to use that plus some of the cream batting to make it more durable and last longer.
So the most time consuming part is quilting. I worked on going one direction and then switch to the other direction, trying to make little squares or diamonds. I didn’t mark it out and just eyed it but if you want, you can use a fabric marker or fabric pencil to get things exact. I tried to make them about 1″ apart. You’ll quite the two smaller pieces having fabric on both sides and one piece of batting in the middle (it won’t be touching anything hot so you can save the other batting for another project).
I cut out my own binding using this tutorial and 2 14″ squares to get started. Then I pinned the pieces in place and sewed around. On my quilts I usually liked to finish off the binding by hand because it looks nicer. For this though, I didn’t want it to unravel so I used my machine and carefully went around to secure the binding.
So far I’m a fan of this and it has so many uses!
How would this help you while cooking?