Our kitchen was in dire need of hot pads so I whipped-up some scrappy ones this past week. I used the quilt-as-you method (QAYG), so they were super fast and easy to make.
If you would like to make some of your own, this is what you will need for two 8″ x 8″ hot pads.
- approx 8″ x 16″ piece of insulated batting (such as insul-bright)
- (2) 8″ x 16″ pieces of cotton batting
- 9″ x 17″ piece of backing fabric
- fabric scraps (strips work best)
- adhesive spray
Layer the first three items above as follows: first place the backing fabric wrong side up, then place a piece of cotton batting on top on that, then the insul-bright, then another layer of batting. Use adhesive spray to baste the layers together so they don’t shift during sewing. This creates a 4-layer quilt sandwich to start with. I’m not sure where I bought my insulated batting, or even what brand it is because I have had it for so long, but my insulated batting already had two layers of batting, the insulated mylar, and plain fabric on the back. It is quite thick, and I tested it by placing a hot iron on it and the backing fabric was still cool, so I didn’t think I needed to add any additional layers. So I skipped the 2nd and 3rd items above and decided to use it as-is since it already had all 4 layers.
Now onto the fun part! Choose two fabric strips and place right sides together. Position onto the exposed batting on the top of your quilt sandwich, and sew down one long edge.
Flip over the fabric so that you can see the right sides of both fabric strips sewn, and iron to flatten the seam.
I chose to use shorter strips than needed so I could later go back and sew-on fabric strips going the other direction. In the above picture the bird fabric is too long, so I cut off the bottom to make it the same length as the first strip (below). Also you can choose to make this project even more scrappy by piecing smaller pieces of fabric together to make a longer strip as seen below on the left.
Then chose another strip, place it face down and line up the edges with the strip to the right and sew down the long edge.
Continue in this fashion, placing a strip face down, sewing down the long edge, flipping so that it is right side up, and then adding another strip face down along its edge, sewing down the long edge, flipping so that it is right side up, and so on… I have 13 strips sewn like this across the batting, and then I used that same method to fill in the remaining corners by sewing strips the opposite direction.
And here is where I just realized I forgot to take more pictures…
Once the entire surface area was covered with strips, I basted along all 4 edges, trimmed the edges even and then cut in half to create two 8″ x 8″ squares. Then I used some scrap binding that I had on hand to finish them. Voila! Two new hot pads for the kitchen.
As you can see, this is a pretty fast process, and because the quilting is done as the same time as the piecing, there is no reason to go back and quilt all the layers together once you’re done. Of course, you always could do more quilting if you wanted to add more detail or designs, but that was not my purpose here. And I used up some more of my scraps which is always fun!