Welcome to the 3rd week post of the 52 weeks of hot pads / quilted pot holders.

Here are the list of past week’s posts in this 52 Weeks of Hot Pads Challenge:

I thought it would be a great challenge for me to do a pot holder a.k.a hot pads every single week of 2019.

I am planning on having it displayed in my kitchen. They make great decor don’t they?

While I am at it, I am going to be sharing with you a simple tutorial on the process.

You can join in the challenge and make the same hot pads I make every week with the same design or any of your own choice.

This week, I’m still working with some scrappy strips.

So, here is how I made it.

Scrappy Lanes Scrappy Strip Quilted Hot Pad / Quilted Pot Holder

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1. Picked some strip / string scraps from my scrap box.

I have a box where I keep various sized strings scraps. You can read more about my scrap sorting process HERE> . If you don’t have string scraps, then just cut some strips from various fabric to create a scrappy look.

I decided to go with all scrappy colours this time round.

Quilted Potholder Tutorial 52 weeks of hot pads 01 | The Little Mushroom Cap

 

2. Start sewing strips together

I chose strips that are between 6-7″ in length and starts to piece them together in rows. Pressing them to one side as I do so.

Quilted Potholder Tutorial 52 weeks of hot pads 01 | The Little Mushroom Cap

Quilted Potholder Tutorial 52 weeks of hot pads 01 | The Little Mushroom Cap

3. Stop piecing when you are happy with the size. I stopped when mine was about 9-10″ long. You can stop at about 7-8″ too.

Quilted Potholder Tutorial 52 weeks of hot pads 01 | The Little Mushroom Cap

4. Trim the sides so that the width is about 6-7″ and smooth sides.

Quilted Potholder Tutorial 52 weeks of hot pads 01 | The Little Mushroom Cap

 

5. Slash the strip set into two. You can choose to divide the set equal width or not. I made it equal size. About 3.5″ wide.

Pick a longer strip, width is really up to you. I wanted my final potholder to be rectangular, and I picked a 2″ wide strips that has a beautiful selvedge.

Quilted Potholder Tutorial 52 weeks of hot pads 01 | The Little Mushroom Cap

 

6. Since I am trying to keep the selvedge on top, I simply topstitched it to the scrappy strip set.

Quilted Potholder Tutorial 52 weeks of hot pads 01 | The Little Mushroom Cap

 

7.Prepare a hot pad batting or in my case here, I am testing out this reflective aluminium insulator, regular cotton batting and the backing fabric.

I didn’t actually plan out the final size, I kind of went with the fun. You should too if you’re making yours.

You can cut the battings and backing later after you’ve pieced the top together.

I am testing out the reflective insulation layer as I have some of those in hand and I’ve seen it inside insulated lunch bags before. So I thought it would be a great replacement to the insult-bright batting. 

However, when I was quilting this, I find that it is much slippery, and the layers needs to be basted well. I would not recommend for beginners to try this. Stick to the insult-bright batting or use thicker battings to help the hot pads function as it is suppose to – keep heat away from your hand/table.

Quilted Potholder Tutorial 52 weeks of hot pads 01 | The Little Mushroom Cap

 

8. Quilt as desired.

I quilted mine using a walking foot. Simply swaying and echoing a little across the hot pad.

Quilted Potholder Tutorial 52 weeks of hot pads 01 | The Little Mushroom Cap

As you can see, after quilting, the layers shifted a little despite basting with a couple of pins. The reflective aluminium layer is quite tricky to work with. But it seems like it is working so far, not sure how about the function though. I’ll update on that later.

 

9. Make a hoop and sew that to place first. I simply sew a small piece of rectangular scraps with seams close inside and make a hoop out of that. Make the binding and proceed to complete the hot pad.

You can use the binding tip provided in the previous post. I simply used a regular non-biased binding tape for this particular hot pad.

I decided to anchor the scrappiness with a solid binding.

Quilted Potholder Tutorial 52 weeks of hot pads 01 | The Little Mushroom Cap

Voila!

Isn’t cute. I love the scrappiness. And those words on the selvedge.

Quilted Potholder Tutorial 52 weeks of hot pads 01 | The Little Mushroom Cap

There you go, our 3rd hot pad of the year!

Are you making it? Let me know if you are and tell me how it goes. 

Let me know if you need any help.

Till next time, have a fun time sewing!

Here are the list of past week’s posts in this 52 Weeks of Hot Pads Challenge:

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Quilted Potholder Tutorial 52 weeks of hot pads | The Little Mushroom Cap


2 Comments on Week 3 of 52 Weeks of Hot Pads | Scrappy Lanes

  1. Hi,
    Just made your first block and was about to quilt it when it occurred to me that this could be a great week by week quilt.
    So I worked out the 52 weeks into colour blocks and I’ll make your blocks using my colour guide and at the end, frame them to a uniform size with black sashing and join into a quilt..
    Thanks so much for the inspiration, Beth.

    • Hi there Beth! Such a great idea.. although you may have to adjust a little when the pot holder isn’t square not rectangles.. in plan there’ll be other shapes too, but it can easily be adpted to become a block if you aim to make a quilt.. it’ll surely be amazing.

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