Soup Bowl Hot Pads Tutorial

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When it comes to getting cozy and relaxing after a long day, there's nothing quite like snuggling down and enjoying a bowl of your favorite homemade soup. Your quiet dinner at home can be a special one with a comfy chair, a thick quilt and a warm sweater. But to bring it up a notch and bring a little more hygge into your life, use a handmade soup bowl hot pad. It'll not only keep your hands cool but it'll be a feast for your eyes as well, when you make one from some colorful fabric.

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Things You'll Need

  • Two 10-inch squares of fabric
  • Two 10-inch squares of cotton batting
  • Pins
  • Washable marking pen
  • Ruler
  • Sharp scissors

Tip

  • If you're planning on using this soup bowl hot pad in the microwave, be sure to use 100% cotton batting and not polyester batting. Polyester batting is NOT microwavable.

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Step 1

Layer each 10-inch square of fabric on top of each 10-inch square of batting. Pin around all four sides to hold it in place.

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Step 2

Start at one corner of the square and sew through both layers across to the opposite corner. Repeat this on the other corner so when you're finished you will have an X sewn onto your square. Sew an X onto both squares of fabric and batting.

(Image: Beth Huntington)
(Image: Beth Huntington)
(Image: Beth Huntington)

Step 3

Fold the square in half so the batting is showing. Make marks 2 inches from the top and 1 inch over from the fold. Use a straight edge to draw a diagonal line from dot to dot. Repeat this on the bottom corner of the folded edge.

(Image: Beth Huntington)
(Image: Beth Huntington)

Step 4

Sew along the marks. Be sure to backstitch a few stitches on each end to keep the stitches intact.

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Step 5

Trim 1/8 inches away from the seams with a sharp pair of scissors.

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Step 6

Fold the square in the opposite direction and make marks 2 inches from the top and 1 inch over from the fold. Use a straight edge to draw a diagonal line from dot to dot. Repeat this on the bottom corner of the folded edge.

(Image: Beth Huntington)

Step 7

Sew along the marks and trim 1/8-inch away from the seams.

(Image: Beth Huntington)

Step 8

Repeat steps 3 through 7 with the other fabric square.

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Step 9

Open up the squares and push in the bottom to form a bowl shape.

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Step 10

Turn one bowl shape inside out.

(Image: Beth Huntington)

Step 11

Place one of the bowl shapes inside the other with right sides together. Line up the corners and pin around the upper edge.

(Image: Beth Huntington)
(Image: Beth Huntington)

Step 12

Sew a 1/4 inch away from the edge and leave a 3-inch opening.

(Image: Beth Huntington)
(Image: Beth Huntington)

Step 13

Pull the fabric through the opening to turn the hot pad right side out. Use a chopstick or a pencil to push out all of the corners.

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Step 14

Tuck in the raw edges and pin the opening closed.

(Image: Beth Huntington)

Step 15

Topstitch 1/4 inch away from the edges to close the opening and create a nice finished edge.

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Place your bowl inside the hot pad to keep your hands cool when enjoying your next steaming hot bowl of soup.

(Image: Beth Huntington)

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