Saturday, April 3, 2010

Tutorial: {Hot Pads}

In case you missed me at Sisters' Stuff yesterday, here's a new tutorial I shared over there!


Last week I was looking at my hot pads and they were pretty tattered, so I decided to make some new ones:

This is how I did it:

-1/4 yd outside fabric
-1/4 yd inside fabric
-Bias tape or 1/4 yd fabric for binding
-1/4 yd batting
- Insul-Bright
-Hot Pad Pattern, which can be downloaded here.

1. Using the hot pad pattern, cut out 2 each of outside fabric, inside fabric, batting, and Insul-Bright*. (I didn't use Insul-Bright and my hot pads were WAY too thin). Cut two strips of binding fabric 2 1/2"x44". Cut a little piece of fabric (I used my binding fabric) 2 1/4" on top, 1 1/2" on bottom, 1 1/2" tall.
2. Grab 1 top piece of outside fabric, batting, and inside fabric. Layer with batting in middle and right sides of both fabrics facing out. Quilt together with rows 1" apart. Layer the bottom pieces in the same order, but this time have the opposite fabric facing up as you sew. This will ensure the rows line up.
5. Grab those 2 1/2" strips of binding fabric. If you have bias tape, you can skip straight to step 6.

*Note: I really should have cut my binding fabric on the bias, so if you have enough fabric, cut your 2 1/2" strips on the bias and them sew the strips together to get the 44" length needed.

(A) Fold each strip in half lengthwise and press. (B) Open the fabric back up and fold the raw edges into the center of the fabric and press. (C) Fold the strip in half lengthwise again and press. 6. Measure off a piece of bias tape/binding and pin along the top edge of the top piece. Edge-stitch down.

7. Lay top piece on bottom piece, then pin bias tape/binding around the entire hot pad, pinning frequently. When you get to the end, roll the raw edges under, and pin down. Edge-stitch down.

8. Cut two 3" strip from the leftover bias tape/binding. Stitch down the center of each strip. 9. Grab the little piece piece of fabric we cut that is 2 1/4" along the top, 1 1/2" along the bottom, and 1 1/2" tall, and press each side under about 1/4". Loop the 3" strip, then pin it under the pressed piece to your hotpad in desired location. Stitch it down and you are ALL DONE! All of this fabric is from the Make Life Collection, which you can purchase here. Join us Saturdays at for the weekend wrap up party!


  1. Tam, these are HOT in a very creative way...great job on these and the shape I go girl, you keep me inspired..blessings ms

  2. I love these! They turned out really cute!

  3. I loved it! Thanks for sharing!
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  4. Those are "sew cute". Thanks for the tutorial. I may actually have to try this. Then I can get rid of my Christmas ones that have holes :)

  5. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [06 Apr 02:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  6. Those are so cute! That's a really good idea that I need to put on my to do list. Mine are so ratty!
    ☺ Celeste

  7. So cute!
    Great idea for mother's day!

  8. These are really cute. I made them tonight. Just make sure you use thick batting or you will have to double up on layers of batting. Also, some of the measurements and amounts of fabric to cut were a tad bit confusing.

  9. I am new to Blogging and a new follower. Thank you for all the inspiring ideas. Here is to trying new things!


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