|Christmas Hot Pads/Pot Holders|
In between making tea cup candles with my daughter, I've been making some hot pads/pot holders to give as Christmas gifts! On Sunday, I pulled out all the Christmas fabric I had in The Stash. I had thought of making a really simple table runner (or two) to give as gifts. But, I was distracted by a gallon sized bag of bits and pieces leftover from previous projects and thought I should try to use up some of those, first. I thought I'll make hot pads. They could be used as pot holders, too, but, I didn't have the special heat resistant batting that is recommended for pot holders. Then, again, the pot holders I've bought from the dollar store usually don't have them, either!
Anyway, I spent Sunday afternoon playing with fabric, sorting out the fabric, and deciding I will make hot pads based on the Log Cabin pattern. A "scrappy" log cabin, because I was using the fabric I had on hand, without sorting them out by color, etc. I decided to use fabric strips that were 2 inches wide, which, when sewn with 1/4 inch (approximately; I'm hopeless at keeping my seams even) would end up being 1 1/2 inches wide.
Some people pre-cut their fabric into strips of different widths and sort them in containers by width before storing them. I don't. Which meant I had to spend some time measuring and cutting and ironing because everything had been crammed into the gallon sized bag for storage!
By Monday evening, I had finished sewing the tops of five scrappy log cabin hot pads:
|One of the pieced tops|
I decided that the hot pad would look better if the very last round of strips would be the same fabric and cut the strips from a larger piece of leftover fabric, for all the hot pads.
I also cut out the batting and the backing fabrics; four of the hot pads have this fabric for the back:
|Backing Fabric (Leftover from a dress my mother made for my daughter)|
I ran short of that fabric for the fifth hot pad and cut out a different piece of fabric to back that. It doesn't matter because I will be giving the hot pads to different people.
Today, Tuesday, I put the hot pads together, first cutting a short strip of fabric and sewing it to make a loop:
Then, placing it on the right side of the pieced top of the hot pad, so that the loop points inside and the ends of the loop are along the outside edge of the pieced top:
|Loop Attached to the Corner|
I decided to attach the loop to the corner, but, it can be attached to the middle of the top edge, as well.
Then, lay the backing piece on top of the pieced top, so that right sides of the fabrics are together and the wrong side of the backing piece faces up:
|The backing piece placed on top, with right sides of fabric together|
Next, place the piece of quilt batting over the backing fabric:
|Quilt batting placed over the backing fabric|
And pin all the layers together, leaving a gap of about 3 or 4 inches on one side:
|All the layers pinned together, with a gap along one side|
The finished hot pad measures about 8 inches square.
I am rather pleased with how they turned out. I had fun sewing them and since I used supplies I had on hand, all they cost me was time and some electricity to run the sewing machine. I consider them to be frugal gifts. I am thinking of pairing a hot pad with a solid colored kitchen towel to give as a token gift with perhaps a jar of my homemade jam to some of the people on my gift list. What do you think?
By the way, the gallon size bag is still quite full of scraps!
Today, I am grateful for:
- The Fabric Stash!
- A working sewing machine
- Time to sew
- Frugal gifts
- Leftovers for meals
Today's joyful activity was sewing Christmas gifts.
Do you make handmade gifts to give at Christmas and other holidays?