Welcome to my first post of the 52 weeks of hot pads / quilted pot holders.
I am a little late for kicking this off as the first week of 2019 has already just flown by.
But… I did make this hot pad in the first week. Was just a little late on posting it out on the blog as I am currently having a little bit of technical difficulties behind the scene. Forgive me then if you are going to see me posting two hot pads in a week sometimes.
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 OR, you can just make your own design or pattern!
Things I love & make this 52 weeks of Hot Pad project a lot more fun:
- This ruler set – perfect size all of them
- This rotating mat – can’t imagine one without this these days.
- This Spray Baste – have always been a fan of spray baste, for small quilted projects – a must! although in most of these hot pads I also use pins as they are more than just a single batting in between.
- This Batting – the perfect one for hot pads. Or in this hot pad, I am using two layers of cotton batting + aluminium insulation sheet in the middle (I love the final crisp sturdy and heat reflect of the final hot pad with this combo)
- My Fabric Scraps!! – read more how I sort my scraps HERE>
- Portable quilting design board . I love using the portable design board as it makes it easy to transfer from the cutting table to the side of the sewing machine. You can purchase a portable quilting design board here.
This week, I started the challenge easy and simple.
A simple nine patch.
But, with a bias binding. I love rounded corners.
So, here is how I made it.
Simple Nine Patch Quilted Hot Pad / Quilted Pot Holder
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1. Cut out 3″ squares from my chosen scraps.
2. Play around with the layout on a portable design board.
3. Chain piecing the pieces together. Nesting the seams. I press the first and last row towards the sides, and the centre row towards the centre square.
4. Press flat.
5. Cut out the hot pad batting, regular cotton batting and the backing fabric (about and 0.5″ larger on each sides than the final top size). I must say using the hot pad batting helps the hot pads to really hold heat. Having a regular batting to accompany that is also helping that purpose.
6. Baste with pin all 4 layers together. Since there is 4 layers, I find basting pins is the best choice for this purpose. Quilt the layers together. I free motion quilt a stippling design. You can simple straight line quilt. (Use a walking foot if so).
Small projects like this is a great opportunity to practice free motion quilting.
7. Trim the edges, cut out the rounded corners.
8. Make a bias binding tape. (this is how I made mine). Or you can purchase one ready-made. I do encourage you to try and make them yourself though – they are easy enough to make.
Fold diagonally meeting up the straight edges like in the photo.
Cut along the folded line.
Bring it down and piece along the non-bias edge. The bias edge is not parallel to each other. In the photo below, the top edge is the bias edge. The diagonal where I am about to piece together is the non-bias edge.
Now turn it around so that the bias edges are aligned with the vertical lines on the cutting mat.
Fold if it is long.
Start cutting strips for the binding. I cut mine 2 1/4″ wide.
Piece strips together if to make a long bias binding that will be enough to go around the pot holder. I press my binding tape in half and align the raw edges to the quilted pot holder and sew a 1/4″ away from the edge.
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.
10. Sew on the binding from the back of the hot pad.
11. Trim the bulky parts and the corners.
12. Flip the binding and sew into place.
Yay to the first hot pad of the year and the first project this year for me…
What is your first project this year?
Could it be this too??
Let me know if you need any help.
For the record, I did a video for this hot pad, but it was taking way too long to upload. I hope the photos from the snapshots of the video helps!
Till next time, have a fun time sewing!
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