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Holiday Hot Pad Tutorial by The Long Thread

Posted by  ·  November 20, 2013  ·  Last Updated: November 20, 2013

Welcome to the Bake Craft Sew Along! If you love to sew then you won’t want to miss a day of sewn handmade gift ideasAccording to Kelly is featuring gifts that can be crafted and A Southern Fairytale is sharing recipes perfect for making edible gifts!
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Thanks to Cindy for inviting me to be part of the Bake, Craft & Sew-Along series! My name is Ellen and I’m a blogger at The Long Thread, writer of 1, 2, 3 Sew and 1, 2, 3 Quilt from Chronicle Books, and a fabric designer for the Japanese company Kokka.


When I’m not running around feeling stressed, I love baking for the holidays. And I think it’s perfect to pair a gift for the kitchen with a recipe or homemade goodies. So today I’ll tell you how I made these quick and easy hot pads, perfect for simple hostess, teacher or family gifts. The hot pad features a pocket in the back to slip your hand into when grabbing burned cakes from the oven! And there’s a hook to hang it up and keep it from catching on fire!


Seriously, this is a simple pattern with no binding and just a few materials. For this project, I tweaked the basic pattern from my book 1, 2, 3 Sew and I used fabric from my upcoming Garden collection, due to hit stores in December or January.


Supplies (for one hot pad)
2 fat quarters (main and contrasting pocket fabric)
1/2 yard batting
matching thread

Step 1: Cut fabric and batting.
Cut fabric:
main fabric 8 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, cut 2
main fabric 5″ x 2″
contrasting fabric 8 1/2″ x 13″
Cut batting:
8 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, cut 2
6 1/2″ x 8 1/2″
Step 2. Make the loop and baste it to fabric.

With the 5″ x 2″ piece of fabric, fold and press each long side 1/2″ towards the wrong side of the fabric. Fold the piece in half lengthwise and press again. Topstitch along these folds, 1/8″ from the edge. Fold this piece in half to make a loop, then baste it to the corner of the front 8 1/2″ square piece (on the right side of the fabric). The loop should be placed at a 45-degree angle with the raw edges of the loop in the corner.

Step 3. Make the pocket.

Fold the 8 1/2″ x 13″ piece of fabric in half along the width, wrong sides together, and press at the fold. Insert the smaller batting piece centered in between the layers. Topstitch along the folded edge.

Step 4. Put it together.

Stack your fabric pieces in the following order: 8 1/2″ batting, front piece with loop (right side of fabric facing up), folded pocket piece with raw edges aligned, and finally the other 8 1/2″ piece with right side of fabric down. Pin and sew around the edges with a 1/4″ seam allowance, leaving a 3″-4″ opening at the top for turning in the next step.

Step 5. Trim and finish.

Clip the corners and trim any excess fabric and batting. Turn the hot pad right sides out, by pulling it through the opening. Push out the corners. Pin the remaining opening closed and topstitch around the entire perimeter, just over an 1/8″ from the edge.


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  1. BARBARA A Dreisbach
    Monday, July 15th, 2019
    I only see your instructions stating ONCE to use the 8/1/2 inch batting as you stack....or do you use both at the same time when stacking?????thanks for pattern think they will make nice "neighbor" gifts at the holidays stuffed with goodies.....
  2. Friday, November 22nd, 2013
    Love these! These will make great gifts!
  3. Thursday, November 21st, 2013
    Now this looks like a project I could do-thanks for sharing!
  4. Wednesday, November 20th, 2013
    This is a great idea! I was looking for a way to contact you but didn't see an e-mail link or address. Did I overlook it? Thanks.
  5. Suzanne
    Wednesday, November 20th, 2013
    A super project!
  6. Joyce Mitchell
    Wednesday, November 20th, 2013
    Thanks - these will be great little gifts.