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20 July 2011

Make a Hot Pad

I've been working on a Christmas sewing project lately, which I can't show you - just yet.
I know!
Secret squirrel stuff ;-)
 
While taking a breather from the hand sewing involved with the first project, I made this 2nd project with the scraps, which I want to share with you today. 

As you know, I'm a fan of half square triangles. I don't know why I'm addicted to them exactly, but I have alot of fun working with them.

It's a fun and festive Hot Pad and it's come together so quickly.
 
Christmas Hot Pad

Start with some fabric scraps and cut them into 4" HST's by cutting a 4" square of fabric across the centre diagonally.

I've used my AccuQuilt GO! Baby cutter and the 4" HST die. Ofcourse if you don't have one of these machines, cutting the good old fashioned way works too.

Sew 2 HST’s to make a square (using different but co-ordinating fabrics).

Make 4 of these squares and then sew them together in 2 rows of 2 squares. Press well with seams open.

Now you get to use some of that leftover batting, which if you’re like me, haven’t been able to throw away. I have a tub full of pieces of batting that I’ve saved, for projects just like this.

If you have insul bright, go ahead and use it. Insul bright is a type of batting perfect for using in hot pads as it’s an insulated batting.

2 pieces of same size batting, some backing fabric and a strip of 1.5” fabric for single fold binding and you’re ready to put it together.

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Place you hot pad top smoothly on top of your 2 layers of batting.

Trim the batting so you have 1” (or a little bit less) on the outside of your hot pad top.

Flip this over and place your backing piece of fabric (right side up) on top of the batting ensuring it’s centred properly.

Flip your hot pad back over and use a couple of pins to hold it together.

Put your walking foot onto your machine and quilt the hot pad. Use your preferred method of quilting. I went with straight lines approximately 1/4” outside of each seam line.

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Add your binding. Single fold binding is perfect for this project as it’s not as big and bulky as the double fold binding you would use on a quilt. I have a single fold binding tutorial HERE.

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And there you have a great little hot pad. Use either Christmas fabrics, or any fabric scraps which you love.

If you use this tutorial, please feel free to add your photos to the Samelia’s Mum Flickr pool.

6 comments:

  1. Cute hot pad!

    Have a great week. :)

    God bless and keep you,
    Sonia

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  2. So cute!! Christmas? I can't even think about Christmas yet!!

    Deb

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  3. I'm loving the HSTs right now too! I just finished a quilt top using them. Your hot pad looks really nice...that's one of my go-to projects when I need a quick & easy stash-buster :)

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  4. Those are such pretty fabrics! They make a great hot pad. I'll bet the quilt is even prettier!!!

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  5. I love this little tutorial, you have a knack for explaining well and your photos are just right. Adding you to my bookmarks.
    Thanks
    Claire from HandmadebyClaireBear

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