Thursday, January 24, 2008

chenille hot pads



Catherine and I made a few of these chenille hot pads last week. They're based on a similar (yet better constructed) hot pad that her mom received for Christmas from a sewing friend.



To make similar hot pads you'll need 5 - 1/4 yard pieces of flannel and one 1/4 yard piece of Insulbrite or a Teflon batting, plus one additional 1/4 yard piece of fabric for the binding. You'll be able to make four hot pads with this material (starting with 7" x 7" cut squares). To layer your fabric before sewing you'll need to place one square face down, one square of Insulbrite on top and then 4 layers of flannel face up. Quilt the fabric diagonally at 1/2" intervals. Then cut the top three layers between the sewn lines. Attach the binding and then wash the hot pad so that the unfinished edges fray. Here's a great site that shows directions for making a chenille blanket that are much more clear than these instructions.



These were not as easy to make as we first thought. I though we could whip these out in an hour, but after 3-4+ hours of agony they are finished (note that I'm not showing the back as the binding definitely did not turn out pretty)



Now that I'm crafting for the kitchen I want to try making some of the mitten hot pad patterns from Denyse Schmidt Quilts and Simple Sewing by Lotta Jansdotter.



7 comments:

  1. i love the orange and green combo. they remind me of seaweed! they are awesome.

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  2. I want to come over to craft sometime. We should plan a girls craft night with the crafts.
    Michelle

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  3. Those hot pads are fantastic. I can tell that they took a lot of work. You did a great job.

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  4. Those hot pads are so cool looking!
    Thank you for your wonderful gifts! DH and I loved the bibs you made. The golden pig was such a cute touch. I am sorry I haven't had a chance to email you to thank you. I am trying to catch some Zzzz's whenever I can.

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