Karin from Leigh Laurel Studios is here today with some fun hot pads that double as oven mitts. They’re super-easy to make so you can whip up several and give them with a little baking-related extra– wooden spoons, special vanilla, etc.– for great gifts (before you know it the holiday season will be here!). Take a look at the free tutorials on Karin’s site and learn a little more about Karin in her introduction. Karin’s hosting a 1, 2, 3 Quilt giveaway through this evening so follow the link in her introduction to enter to win.
I have a fun tutorial for you that involves three of my favorite things: patchwork, embroidery and Zakka style. Taking apple pies out of the oven this fall will be even more exciting with this pair of hot pads that double as oven mitts! I’ve borrowed the “Hot Hot Hot” expression from my almost two-year-old son. Enjoy!

To make one 6 x 10″ hot pad you will need:

  • Four scraps of coordinating fabric, washed + ironed. (Be sure to have one piece large enough to make 34″ of 1″ bias tape.)
  • Scrap of plain linen
  • Insul-Bright or other insulated liner
  • Cotton batting
  • Piece of trim
  • Sulky Fabri-Solvy fabric stabilizer (or you can trace the pattern directly onto the fabric)
  • Embroidery floss (I used DMC #s 321 + 3371)
  • Clips or pins to hold bias tape in place (I am fond of Clover Wonder Clips– they are probably the most surprisingly helpful tool in my collection!)
  • 1″ wide bias tape maker (helpful but not necessary)
  • Download + print pattern (If you’re using the Fabri-Solvy, you can either print directly onto it or trace it by hand with a light box or sunny window.)

Step 1: Cut the fabric:

  • Linen: Cut 1 – 6 x 10″ piece
  • Insul-Bright: Cut 1 – 6 x 10″ piece
  • Cotton batting*: Cut 1 – 6 x 10″ piece
  • Back: Cut 1 – 6 x 10″ piece
  • Pockets: Cut 2 – 6 x 5″ pieces
  • Patchwork: Cut 4 – 1 3/4″ squares
  • Trim*: Cut 1 – 6″ piece
  • Bias tape*: Cut one – 34″ x 1 7/8″ strip

* Note: Cotton batting, trim + bias tape are not pictured.

Step 2: Piece together and sew the patchwork strip using 1/8″ seam allowances. Fold sides under and press flat.

Step 3: Arrange the patchwork and the trim on the linen to help place the embroidery design. Adhere stabilizer to fabric, then set patchwork and trim aside.

Step 4: Embroider the design using a basic backstitch. I use my grandmother’s embroidery hoops; they’re antique, which is why there is no tension screw. When you’re finished, soak the fabric in cool water and allow the stabilizer to dissolve. You may have to agitate it a bit to be sure it’s out from under all the stitches. Allow to dry and press.

Step 5: Pin and sew the trim piece along the right edge of the trim.

Step 6: Place the patchwork strip on top of the trim, covering the seam you just stitched. Topstitch left and right sides of the strip. If the patchwork strip is slightly longer than the linen, trim the strip to even it up.

Step 7: Create the pockets. Take one of the two 6 x 5″ squares and fold one 6″ edge under 1/4″. Press. Fold under again 1/4″ Press. Pin and sew. Repeat for other side.

Step 8: Place back piece right-side up on a flat surface. Arrange the two pocket pieces on top as shown above. Pin and baste the outer edges with 1/8″ seam allowance.

Step 9: Create the four-layer hot pad sandwich. Place the back piece with pockets right side down on a flat surface. Align the Insul-Bright next; it doesn’t matter which side is up. Then add the cotton batting before placing the decorative piece on top. Pin through all layers, leaving enough room to add bias tape without having to remove pins. I tend to use quilting pins for everything; they’re longer and thinner so the fabric stays flatter than with ordinary sewing pins.

Step 10: Add the bias tape. Starting wherever you would like the seam (I started under the patchwork strip at bottom), clip the bias tape to the hot pad. You can either do the entire thing at once or one side at a time. If I clip it all at once, I readjust as I sew and stop at the corners to mitre them. Sew slowly with a sharp needle! You want to be sure to not be too close to the edge as you need to catch the back side of the bias tape in the seam. If it comes out wonky, there’s always the seam ripper! Note: This is a sort of “cheaters” bias tape binding method. With two small children under four, if I can something slightly faster without compromising quality, I tend to do so. Case in point: While writing this, I discovered that my son had been quietly sitting next to me chewing on the hem of my skirt without me noticing. For a great tutorial on how to make and apply bias binding, please download this Sew Mama Sew PDF by Alisa from Making More with Less.

The back side of the hot pad. When I use them on the dining room table, this side will be down.

It’s been interesting to make two identical potholders as I rarely make two of anything! Have fun!

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