How to Make a Quilted Hot Pad


Whether you’re protecting your furniture or your hands, hot pads are essential kitchen equipment. A quilted mat, made with an insulating type of interfacing, resists heat even more. You can choose fabrics to brighten the kitchen and tie all the other colored elements together. A fat quarter of fabric will create at least two 8-inch hot pads, making it an economical project as well.

Things You'll Need

  • Cotton or cotton/polyester blend fabric - fat quarter
  • Insulating batting
  • Cotton batting
  • Tape measure
  • Scissors
  • Quilters’ pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Double-fold bias tape
  • Chalk pencil or dressmakers’ transfer paper
  • Cut two 8-inch squares of each of the materials: fabric, insulating batting and cotton batting.

  • Place one piece of the cover fabric on your work surface, right side down.

  • Layer a square of cotton batting on top of the fabric.

  • Position a square of insulating batting on top, metallic side down.

  • Put the second square of insulating batting next, metallic side up.

  • Lay the second square of cotton batting on the pile next.

  • Add the second square of cover fabric on top, right side up.

  • Pin the layers together.

  • Stitch around all four sides of the squares, using a 1/2-inch seam allowance. Backstitch at the beginning and end of the stitch line to secure the threads.

  • Trim the seam allowance to 1/4 inch.

  • Insert the square into the bias tape, beginning at a corner and pushing the edge of the fabric sandwich against the inside of the fold.

  • Pin the tape around all four sides, leaving a 4-inch tail at the corner, if you would like to hang your hot pad when it is not in use.

  • Fold the tail in half and put the ends under the bias tape already pinned to the pad.

  • Stitch around the pad again, using a zigzag stitch and sewing as close to the open edge of the bias tape as possible.

  • Mark 1-inch intervals along one edge of the hot pad with the chalk pencil. Repeat on the opposite edge.

  • Use the chalk pencil to connect the marks for quilting lines.

  • Stitch along the lines to create the quilting on your hot pad.

Tips & Warnings

  • You also can create a quilt block, using traditional patterns or your own design, for use in place of the cover fabric. You can make two matching blocks for each side, or you can use a complementary solid or print fabric as the back of the hot pad.
  • Your hot pads can be made in any size that works for your kitchen needs. A 4-inch mini pad is a cheerful accompaniment to a morning cup or coffee or tea, while a 10- or 12-inch mat will accommodate your family sized stew pot.
  • Be sure that the wrong sides of the insulating batting -- the nonmetallic sides -- face each other when you stack the fabrics so that there is heat-resistance from both sides of the pad.
  • Your new hot pad is heat-resistant, but it will not block all heat. Use caution when handling hot items or when placing them on furniture or countertops.

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