Sewing for the Home ~ Quilted Patchwork Hot Pads

on September 2 | in Sewing Tutorials + Patterns | by | with 139 Comments

Something small can infuse new color and cheer into your home. Start Sewing for the Home with these great hot pads! This tutorial was created by Bean from Coyote Craft. Learn more about Bean in her introduction (check it out for your chance to win these hot pads!)!



  • A selection of your favorite cotton scraps, cut into 2.5″ strips of any length– totaling about 100 inches or 3 yards
  • Coordinating cotton scrap for backing, measuring 9″ x 18″
  • Insul-Bright™ heat resistant batting, measuring 9″ x 18″
  • Warm & Natural™ cotton batting, measuring 9″ x 18″
  • 3 yards of 1/2″ double fold binding, handmade or purchased
  • Scissors
  • Yard stick or ruler

1. With a 1/2″ seam, sew scraps together randomly along their 2.5″ edge. Make a total of 5 scrap strips 18″ long and 2.5″ wide. Press open all seams.


2. With right sides facing, stitch each strip to the next along the 18″ edge. Press open all long seams.


3. Make a quilt sandwich. Line up, layer & pin together backing fabric (face down), Insul-bright, cotton batting & your patchwork piece. Starting from the center-most patch, sew an interior border about 1/8″ from the edge of each patch. I like to let my machine do the measuring for me (see below.)


4. You should end up with a pretty quilted rectangle, measuring 9″ x 18″. Don’t worry if your edges aren’t completely straight, just flip the piece over and trim, using your backing fabric for a guide.


5. Grab your measuring stick, and mark a half-way point on your long edge. Cut your quilted piece in half, creating two 9″ squares. If your squares aren’t 9″ on each edge, no worries! Measure & trim. (If any of your edges end up shorter than 9″, just trim all edges to that smaller measurement to make them square.)


6. Apply your binding, starting at the corner where you’d like your hot pad to hang from. (If you need a refresher course on applying continuous quilt binding, check out Heather Bailey’s tutorial, keeping in mind that we’re working with 1/2″ seams on this project.)

To complete your fourth side, make sure the binding where you started is folded back but NOT around the hot pad. In the photo below, the ironed edge of your binding and the edge of the hot pad are marked with a red line. Mark 1/8″ from this edge with a pin– this is where you’ll stop stitching. Cut binding tape 5″ from the edge of hot pad, this will become your loop.


Fold all binding tape around to the back side, and pin in place on corners and where you feel necessary. Starting 1/8″ from the edge of your hot pad, stitch binding tail closed. Loop it around, and tuck the end of it into itself, right below where you started stitching the tail closed. Pin in place, and finish binding with a 1/8″ seam all the way around, starting in the direction indicated by the white arrow above. Repeat for second hot pad.


Good job, you’re done! Experiment with different shapes & sizes next time– wouldn’t it be fun to have a set in tonal prints, cut into fruit shapes & trimmed in linen?

Edited to add: While Bean isn’t sure where the blue floral originated, the other fabrics in her hot pads can be found in the shop: Green & Orange Dots (Amy Butler), Red-Orange Floral (Park Slope by Erin McMorris), Yellow & Orange Florals (Farmer’s Market by Sandi Henderson).

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139 Responses to Sewing for the Home ~ Quilted Patchwork Hot Pads

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  2. Gina P says:

    These are so cute. And fairly easy once you play around with all the new techniques if you’re a beginner like myself.

  3. Rose Kruk says:

    I have tried to print the pattern for the patchwork hot pads and didn’t succeed. I just get a blank page. Why?

  4. Sara says:

    I made these and they came out really cute, but I think I wouldn’t use the WIDE binding that I made, just a little less would have been good. Thanks for the awesome directions though. I used a lot of color and prints too and thought it wasn’t going to look too good, but it really came out quite nice overall. So I pat myself on the back overall….LOL!

  5. Barb says:

    I bought a beautiful pot holder (not to use of course) at a big Craft show here in Charleston SC a couple of years ago. It is so pretty I was going to ask the lady the next year if there was a pattern. Of course she has never been back. The holder is round but has a layered star design. Looks like 4 different fabrics layered and folded into points each making a smaller star shape. If anyone has ever seen one of these or knows where to get a pattern please let me know. Thanks,

  6. Jessica C. says:

    This pattern takes me back to my grandma’s kitchen (she always was on the cutting edge craft-wise, and had quite the eye for color, too!)…what a wonderful way to update such a soulful, practical project!! I can’t wait to try this out…Santa’s bringing potholders for Christmas!!!

  7. Martine says:

    Thanks to you and Bean for the Hot pads tutorial; I just have finished mine with some trouble of sewing machine…’ve broken a needle… but it was easy to sew this tutorial.
    I can’t wait November month and your Sewing for Holidays.
    Thank from France.

  8. Lupine Swanson says:

    I think these will make it onto the christmas list for some lucky family member. Thanks for the great tut.

  9. alicia says:

    I SO need to make a set of these….maybe Christmas presents.

  10. Jenny Benson says:

    These are great!!

  11. Michelle says:

    I have a ton of scraps from my baby carrier biz, and this is such a great way to make some cute xmas gifts!

  12. Linda says:

    I’ve got another Christmas project to add to my list. I love these. Linda

  13. Junglewife says:

    This looks beautiful and fairly easy! Gorgeous!!!

  14. Kate says:

    I can’t wait to make these as a Christmas present for my Secret Santa gift! Thanks for the idea.

  15. amy says:

    I am going to make some of these for gifts at christmas, myself included.

  16. Rita says:

    Great way to use the scraps I have left from sewing a dress for my 3 yr old. Thanks for the great ideas!

  17. julie Moyer says:

    The potholders are awesome. I can’t wait to use up my scraps.

  18. VIckiT says:

    This is fabulous! Great tutorial. Thank you. And that baking dish from the first picture brought many childhood memories back. My mom used to have that same dish years ago when she was alive. I don’t think I’ve seen one since then.


  19. Redvispa says:

    Love this idea! It came out perfectly!

  20. Trisha says:

    I love these hot pads. I tried making some recently with a different method, and they’re totally wonky – I think with this tute I’ll be able to make some that actually look good! 🙂

  21. Caitlin says:

    Those are just about perfect. This is one of those projects that makes you practically dizzy with all the possibilities!

  22. Kim Greene says:

    This is a really cute idea. I plan to make some of these for Christmas presents from leftover fabric.

  23. Jaime says:

    You don’t happen to have a pattern for the kind that fit on the handle of cast iron frying pans do you? I just started cooking with some old cast iron pans and they sure get hot! I like the retro look to the ones you made.

  24. Chelsey says:

    These are so sweet! I’ll have to try making some!

  25. water works says:

    I made one today! With scraps from several Anna Maria Horner fabrics. All that’s left is to tack down the binding. This tutorial was awesome and I love the finished product.

  26. Allison says:

    Those are really cute hot pads! I can’t wait to make some.

  27. sophie says:

    Thanks for making it so easy to create for the home!

  28. brandy says:

    I love your site!! And I really appreciate the topic for this month!

  29. Tammy says:

    These are great. can’t wait to make some to give as gifts!

  30. Jennifer A says:

    These are just what I need! Thanks!

  31. Libby says:

    Love the potholders.

  32. Kim Bracknell says:

    I love these and can’t wait to try them.

  33. Stacy says:

    I think I am officially addicted to sewing now….just lovely…so many ideas!

  34. Lindsey says:

    AWESOME tutorial! thanks somuch for the great pics, these will be great in a “home warming” gift basket!!!

  35. Christina Coghill says:

    I love this! Now to find the time to make myself some pretty hot pads

  36. Jess says:

    I am working on sewing things in my kitchen…these are a definite MUST HAVE! I’m going to do my patchwork in corduroy solids and then back with the same fabric as my curtains…..or that is the plan….

  37. Laurel says:

    These are adorable!

  38. renee says:

    love this. i really need potholders right now so it’s a must make now. Thanks!

  39. Rebecca says:

    I have to make some of these! Thanks for the instructions!

  40. katherine says:

    so cute! this is a great idea and i could use some…i better get sewing.

  41. Heather in MT says:

    I’ll be making scads of these for sure. Great gifts.

  42. Marilyn Calhoun says:

    Who would think a hot pad could be so cute. I plan to make some very took me a while to find the insul bright. I like the idea of making one longer one and cutting it in two.

  43. Joanne says:

    These are the cutest hot pads! I can not wait to make them. Thank you for the home series. I thoroughly enjoyed all the tutorials! I love this blog!

  44. Jennifer says:

    I can’t wait to whip some of these up and dump the nasty old ones in my kitchen.

  45. JenR says:

    What a great tutorial! These are going on my “to make” list for sure!!

  46. Allisa says:

    This is lovely! Thank you for this great tutorial, I’ve been thinking about making kitchen accessories as Christmas presents. This will be perfect!

  47. michelle b says:

    Lovely idea! Fun Christmas presents.

  48. Sabine says:

    This is a great idea, and the instructions are so easy to follow!

  49. Suzette says:

    This would be a great project to use up all my little scraps and create some gifts.

  50. Lynn says:

    I love the fabric you chose, and I love that I’ll be able to use scraps to make this cute project!

  51. Carrie Chilton says:

    Such a great way to use up scraps. And great idea for holiday hostess gifts!

  52. Liz says:

    awesome! fun and funky hot pads! i was looking for a good pattern, since i am hoping (fingers crossed!!!!) to have a house within the month.

  53. Debra says:

    Those are great!! I am going to make some for me…..Thanks for sharing.

  54. Doreen B says:

    Thank you for your great tutorials. This particular one is great for reducing the fabric scraps!

  55. Kimberly says:

    This one is my favorite Sewing for the Home tutorial. Thanks for all the great ideas!

  56. Blayne says:

    great tutorial! Thanks

    love the fabric selection 🙂

  57. Kerri says:

    These are so bright and fun; the binding is the perfectly done! I like the notes on the illustrations: a lady I sew with is constantly saying, “Press, press, press!” And she is right. It makes a world of difference.

  58. nettie says:

    I love these! So cute, and I need new hot pads too!

  59. Tanya says:

    Great tutorial, I didn’t know that I “needed” to add Insul-Bright to my ever expanding stash!!

  60. Erin M says:

    This would be a great project to use up all of the scraps leftover from my Great-Grandma’s quilting days.
    Thanks for sharing!

  61. Great tutorial – these will be great to make when our kitchen remodel is finished!

  62. Rebecca says:

    These are cute, I was thinking it might be fun to get some fall fabric and use them on my Thanksgiving table.

  63. Denny Shaw says:

    Someone stole my idea already, but I think Christmas gifts would be a great idea for these hot pads – and maybe even some pot holders to match.

  64. Phoebe says:

    I love these, I seriously need to make some. My potholders are so old and gross. Is the insulated batting really necessary though? I think all my old pot holders are just terry cloth, and sometimes I just use kitchen towels and never burn myself. I’d rather not have to buy insulated batting if it’s not completely necessary.

  65. Leslie says:

    I love this pattern! This is definitely a project I will be doing! 🙂

  66. Jordan Durbin says:

    so cute and easy!

  67. Ellen B says:

    I am going to make these this weekend!

  68. Julie says:

    Thanks so much. I cant wait to make these for Christmas gifts!

  69. Tricia says:

    Ohh, I am going to make these with my new Amy Butler fabric (and hope for more to win!)

  70. kristen says:

    Thanks for the great tutorial! Sounds like even I could do it!

  71. Donna says:

    These are adorable. I can’t wait to make some. I need new ones so badly.

  72. susan says:

    I love the fabrics in this project — so bright and cheery! Thanks for the tutorial!

  73. Rachel says:

    Those are really cute! I think I’ll probably make some for my grandparents this year.

  74. Ashley says:

    Great tutorial, and a great use for my many scraps! Come to think of it, I don’t actually have any potholders at the moment, so this should go top on my list. Thanks for the inspiration!

  75. Mary says:

    These are really cute! Thanks for the great tutorial, Bean!

  76. alison says:

    Thanks for the great tutorial! I’m planning on making some of these hot pads to match place mats and napkins I’m making for Christmas gifts!

  77. Joy says:

    How fun! Thanks for sharing a great tutorial!!!

  78. Lindsay says:

    I think I am going to have to make one of these this weekend, seeing as I just birnt my hand last night making dinner! The more hot pads the better!

  79. Lizzie says:

    I absolutely adore this idea. And the dish in the first pic!

  80. Marilyn says:

    These are so pretty, almost too pretty to use as a hot pad. I cannot wait to get started.
    Thank you for the tutorial!

  81. carrie says:

    I love this idea. I have been making aprons and always have scraps. Now I can add a matching hot pad with the gift. Thanks for the great idea!

  82. Julie Andrea says:

    I think I can actually DO this project! Thanks. 🙂

  83. Natalie says:

    Great tutorial. This is a must do for the holidays.

  84. Amber says:

    These are so cute – great idea for Christmas/hostess presents!

  85. Lana says:

    Oooh! I’m going to try to make some of these for holiday presents.

  86. Ricky says:

    What a great idea. I could use these to practise my free motion quilting before try it on my larger quilt.

  87. Carla says:

    How very lovely. I can’t wait to find the time to make!

  88. Karen says:

    These are very cute and so practical since you can use up scraps you might otherwise just throw away. Do they keep the heat away from your hand or from the table if used as a trivet of sorts?

  89. Dawn says:

    Love the color contrast with the black border and bright patchwork!

  90. Dawn says:

    lovely idea!

  91. Diane says:

    I’ll comment here with the hot pads because this is one of my favorite projects of the month! Thank you and I’m hoping to win those fabulous fabrics by Amy, even her solids are fantastic!

  92. Kim says:

    I love the colour and it looks so easy to make. Perfect for the busy mum (like me). Thanks for the tute. I’m going to try it, perhaps making larger versions for placemats?

  93. Joan Gutierrez says:

    Oh my gosh just like my grandmother used to make. I love the loop in the corner.

  94. Tamara Schroeder says:

    Cute! Will have to make some of these! Thanks!

  95. Pauline says:

    How cute are these! I think they’d look great in Hawaiian fabrics.

  96. Frogdancer says:

    Thank you! I learned how to make loops for potholders I made for a bloggy giveaway.
    You made it all so clear.

  97. Lorie says:

    What a great tutorial. I am going to use the idea on a smaller scale and make coasters!

  98. Melissa says:

    My store bought potholders are looking sad by comparison. I need to get to work on these!

  99. Ashley says:

    I can’t wait to make a few of these for Christmas gifts… I am slowly starting to collect fabric scraps for it… Love it!

  100. jill says:

    Thanks for this tutorial! What a great idea for Christmas gifts or housewarming presents.

  101. Kandy Wesley says:

    Thanks for the tutorial. Although I’ve made hotpads before, this has inspired an idea for Christmas gifts. What a wonderful gift to give a few matching hotpads and thrifted (ideally) pot or bowl along with a treasured recipe. Let’s see, if I start next week, I may actually be able to give Christmas gifts this year…

  102. Cris says:

    I like this tutorial thanks!

  103. jackie bonette says:

    i tried and love this tutorial/pattern so much…thankyou so much!

  104. s. says:

    thanks! i got all the materials to make potholders and then realized i really didn’t quite know the best way to go about making them! i’m so glad you have this tutorial! 🙂

  105. shelle says:

    Another clear tutorial. This would make a great house warming present. Thank you.

  106. Lisa says:

    This is really a cute project. Love it.

  107. Rachel says:

    This is such a great project! And if I get started now, I’ll be ready at Christmas! Thanks for posting this! I’ll be linking to it today as well!

  108. Heather says:

    Again, I was like Jennifer–I wasn’t interested in hot pads but once I read all she had to offer I was already scrounging through my scraps! I’m in love!! Thanks for the inspiration!

  109. Courtney says:

    I made some very basic potholders as one of my very first sewing projects and somehow failed to use heat resistant batting :O!! Didn’t work nearly as well as I’d hoped, LOL. Great tutorial, thanks so much!

  110. kelly jo says:

    I love this idea!! And the bakeware is so familiar! My mom has that pattern!

  111. fiona says:

    so cute, thank you

  112. ChristineG says:

    Oh, oh, OH!! Those are soooo cute! What a terrific project!

  113. Andi says:

    I agree with Jennifer – at first I was thinking “hmmm.. hot pads, I don’t really think I’d want to make any of those” but by the end I was hooked! They fabric makes them both colourful and modern – not the traditional quilted hot pads my grandmother was always getting me to make. Great idea to make them for a gift swap – I might do that too!

  114. whitney says:

    I love these! So cute!

  115. Melanie O. says:

    Beautiful…and such clear instructions with great photos!

  116. Blakely says:

    What a great idea, and a great way to get rid of scraps.

  117. Kelli says:

    Love it! Those are so cute and I can use up scraps while tying in all the colors in my kitchen. Sounds like a winner! Thanks!

  118. amy says:

    Wonderfully cute! I like how you used the Insul-brite and batting! Very Clever! Going to have to try this…..

  119. Camille says:

    All I want right now is a million dollars to spend on fabric alone! I love this blog, shop and forum. My sewing machine will never be lonely again because of it!

    Many thanks!

  120. Liz says:

    Bean, that is awesome! I see Christmas gifts in this project for sure!

  121. Joy says:

    I have some great scraps I’ve been saving for something and this is
    the perfect “something!”

    I think this will make a perfect housewarming gift for my friend’s
    new home!

  122. Tine says:

    These are cute!

  123. Cheryl says:

    Love those fabrics used in the tutorial! Makes we wanna cook. : ) I have a question though. Locally at my Joann’s I don’t see this insul brite that you are talking about. Where can that be purchased? Also, if you are using insulbright, why are you using batting as well? Thank you for taking the time to make such a wonderfully clear tutorial with visuals! Love that!

  124. Jessi says:

    These are definitely going on to make list for Christmas gifts – what a great way to use scraps!!

  125. Karla says:

    These are gorgeous!! The perfect way to brighten up a kitchen!! I can’t wait to try this out!

  126. Samantha says:

    I always wondered what needed to go inside a hot pad to make it safe to use. Love the way she did the loop. Great project!

  127. Kristena says:

    Fabulous! Thanks for the tutorial.

  128. Ann-Marie says:

    I have sooooooo many scraps- I cannot wait to make some of these!
    thanks for sharing 😉

  129. rachelle says:

    these are sooo cute. i’ve been wanting to try ’em but didn’t know how.
    hope my girlfriends don’t see their cute fab new bday presents!! thank you!

  130. katie says:

    Now, that’s a great present. Cute, bright, usable.

  131. Carishma says:

    Love the tutorial!

  132. Cathe says:

    Pretty and cheerful! Your hanging loop is very interesting.

    I make potholders/hotpads with felted wool from old sweaters and blankets rather than purchasing new battings/interlinings. The wool has great insulating properties.

  133. Helen says:

    Great idea – I have a lot of scraps sitting around which would be perfect for this. It would also be a good project for practising free-motion quilting on a small scale!

  134. simone says:


  135. That is really pretty, and a great project. I’m about to move so this will be perfect for my new kitchen.

  136. Troye says:

    I love these. Thanks for the tute! I can’t wait to make them.

  137. Marcia says:

    Thanks, I love stopping by here for great tutorials.

  138. Jennifer says:

    They look great! When I started reading I thought I wouldn’t want to make any of these, but halfway through start thinking of all my scrap fabric wondering how I would want to piece it together. =) So yes, I must try this. My family does a gift swap game at Christmas and I may just make some of these for the game.

  139. Who doesn’t love a snazzy potholder? So adorable!!! That binding really sets it off.

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