Today I am participating in the Holiday Bake, Craft & Sew Along - a month's worth of ideas to give you a head start with all those pre-holiday projects so you're not stressing at the last minute like I am every year.
So today I thought I'd share three quick and easy variations for making hot pads for a useful Christmas gift.
The first version is the easiest. Take two 9" squares of fabric and a 9" square of batting. (I used a thicker, low-loft batting like Warm & Natural. You can buy it by the yard at most big-box sewing stores.) You could also use some heavier decorator-weight fabric to make the pads more durable. A lot of times you can find great decorator-weight fabric remnants for really cheap. You can get 4-5 squares out of a 1/4 yard of fabric.
Now match fabric squares right-sides together and lay the batting square on top.
Line up the squares and pin together.
Turn fabrics right-sides out with batting in the center. Tuck open ends inside and pin. Press the fabrics to make sure that everything lies flat and then top stitch all the way around the outside edge. This will close up your opening and give a nice finished edge to the hot pad. I stitched one more square in the middle to keep the layers from slipping apart and Voila! You have a nifty hot pad.
Trim the batting so that it is slightly smaller than the backing fabric and lay it carefully on top of the backing, smoothing out wrinkles.
Carefully trim the front fabric to a width of 8 1/2" (or slightly smaller than your backing fabric and batting - you want to be able to see the edges of both backing and batting fabric after you lay down the top fabric). Lightly spray top of batting with Basting Spray and carefully place your front fabric on top, smoothing out any wrinkles.
(I bought this Cosmo Cricket "Early Bird" fabric last year.)
You will need to use some kind of binding to finish the edges of these hot pads. A contrasting fabric looks really cute. You'll need a 2 1/2" x 42" strip for the binding. Here is a simple machine-binding tutorial to help you with this part. This picture demonstrates pinning the binding fabric on. See top or bottom picture for finished look.
Finally, if you're like me and you've got fabric scraps coming out of your ears (not literally) than you could make some really cute pieced hot pads. Start with a 9" backing square of heavier weight fabric and a 8.75" square of batting. Spray baste the batting to the back side of the backing fabric and sew your strips directly onto the batting and backing using the same method as this Table Runner Tutorial. (Which would be another fun Christmas gift!)
Trim the edges and bind like the previous version.
This is what I'm giving neighbors this year along with a favorite recipe or two. I figure if I start now, I'll actually be prepared when Christmas rolls around! (Tutorial originally posted at Skip to My Lou.)
Also, I continue to bind away. I am soccer-mom, see me sew. (Sounds so fierce, right?)