Decorating your house doesn’t have to be an expensive endeavor. In fact, if you have even the most basic sewing machine knowledge, decorating can be a breeze. A DIY Potholder and Hot Pad (trivet) can add a splash of color to any table, and can be made to coordinate with their environment. The potholders in my kitchen were actually made from the leftover curtain fabric I used for our kitchen window. Talk about tying a room together! All it takes is one hour of your time. This pattern is a perfect way to use up the scraps of batting leftover if you quilt. If you don’t, fabric stores sell the batting needed by the yard. I used two layers of batting in order to ensure it was thick enough to protect my hands when using them.
When making my hot pads, I applied binding instead of bias tape. Same concept, but applied differently. As a quilter, I went with what I was comfortable with. If you don’t know how to make it, but would like to try, search binding videos on YouTube to see a demo. I included the length to cut below.
DIY Potholder and Hot Pad
Materials for 2 Potholders or Hot Pads (9”x9”):
- 1/3 yd. cotton or home décor fabric (If you are using scraps, you need pieces large enough piece to cut out 4 – 9” squares and binding) OR 1/4 yd. cotton or home décor fabric and a package of double fold bias tape.
- 1/4 yd. cotton quilt batting (Warm and Natural or Warm and White are perfect and can be purchased by the yard at a fabric store)
- Sewing machine and Cotton thread
- Cutting mat and rotary cutter
- 12” square ruler
- Cut out 4 – 9” squares from your fabric
- Cut out 4 – 9” squares from your batting
- Cut out 2 – 2 ½” x 38” strips of fabric for binding (if you aren’t using Bias Tape)
- Lay your fabric right side down. Place two 9” squares of batting on top, followed by another piece of your fabric, with right side up. Repeat for the second potholder so that you have two sets of potholder sandwiches. You won’t be turning these, so ensure you have the fabric right side out on both sides. Insert a couple pins to hold the sandwich layers in place.
- Using a running stitch or basic straight stitch on your sewing machine, baste all the way around the potholder to hold the layers in place, working just inside from the edge of the material. Remove pins.
- Attach the Bias Tape per the directions on the package. If you are new to bias tape, there are tons of tutorials online. I recommend checking out this video on You Tube. It shows how to attach each kind of bias tape (skip forward to about 5 minutes in to see double fold).
Hot Pad Directions:
Potholders and Hot Pads are essentially the same thing, and are made the same way. Make your Hot Pad sandwich following the directions above for the potholder. Again, you want to use two layers of batting for proper heat absorbency. The hot pad in the photo was made using a leftover quilt block. Quilt blocks adds interest, and are a breeze to make. You can research patterns online that fit the dimensions you want (I used 9” squares). When making Hot Pads, you don’t need to add the loop to hang it. Since you don’t need it, you can use the traditional quilt binding method in place of bias tape, if you prefer.
If you make this pattern, please post comments with pictures of your projects! I love to see what everyone does!
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