Sewing gifts for the holidays is fun, and one of the holidays it is really fun to sew for is Thanksgiving. What better time to break out the fall prints, and make some Autumn Jubilee hot pads to take to the family gathering! So, today, I’ll show you how to use the insulating batting and make hot pads that not only really work, but are beautiful for the season. Happy Thanksgiving to my Canadian readers!!
You need five layers – your focus fabric for the top, two layers of regular cotton batting, one layer of insulbrite or similar heat resistant batting, and a bottom layer. The bottom can be heat resistant fabric if you wish, but a plain cotton works fine. The key is to place the heat resistant batting in the middle, with layers of cotton on either side to absorb steam. It does not matter which way the insulating batting faces. I cut mine at 8-inches square.
Take the top two layers (your focus fabric and the first layer of batting) and quilt them together.
Then align your other layers in order in a stack.
Run a line of stitching around the edge to keep the layers together.
Make binding as usual for a quilt, using strips that are 2-1/4-inches wide to make a thinner finish.
Apply to the back side.
Sew around in the usual fashion, mitering the corners.
Overlap the ends, leaving about 4 inches for a loop. Stop sewing before you get to the first binding strip.
Cut off one end and tuck it under the extra fabric for the loop.
Stitch the binding down on the top.
Finish by folding the raw edges under on the end of the loop, and sew the seam all the way to the end.
Fold back, creating a loop and stitch down.
Voila! There you are, a pretty new hot pad for enjoying fall color.
Large enough to hold a hot pot…
and flexible enough to grip a casserole dish.
It makes a nice hostess gift for your holiday hostess. Do them up in kitchen colors for holiday gifts that will be used and appreciated year round.
These are also a fun way to use small panels too.
What is your favorite gift to sew?
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