Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Two-Handed Hot Pad

Two-Handed Hot Pad
Heat-resistant fabric (or Insul-Brite batting)
Fabric (I actually used an outdoor canvas type of fabric to make it a little less resistant to kitchen messes).
Bias Tape

1. Cut.
(1) 6-1/2" x 50" piece of Fabric
(1) 6-1/2" x 50" piece of a different Fabric
(1) 6-1/2" x 50" piece of Insul-brite (if you have a heat-resistant fabric then you won't need one of the other pieces listed above). 
(2) 6-1/2" x 8" piece of Insul-brite
(2) 30" pieces of bias tape
(2) 6-1/2" piece of bias tape
(1) 5" piece of bias tape
2. Sew Fabric to Heat-resistant batting
To keep you heat-resistant batting place and to prevent from bunching you need to sew a checkerboard pattern to connect (1) piece of cotton and (1) piece of heat-resistant batting. The right side of the heat-resistant fabric goes to the wrong side of the cotton. Sew diagonal all in one direction about 2" apart. Then turn it around and go the other way. 
3. Extra Protection.
Take your small piece of heat-resistant fabric, measure 8 inches in from the end of the large piece of heat-resistant/other fabric and pin on the top and bottom edges. Sew in place only on the top and bottom edges. Complete on both sides. 
4. Attach other cotton fabric.
Sew the two long pieces of fabric together, wrong sides together. I sewed them together with a 1/4" seam allowance, and then zig-zagged the edges (or you could hem them with a serger if you have one). 
5. Sew bias.
Take the 6-1/2" piece of the bias tape and sew it on the end of the hot pad. Do this for both sides. Then fold in 8" and pin in place. 
6. Loop.
Take the 5" piece of bias and fold and pin in the middle of your hot pad. 
7. Finish.
Sew on the long pieces of bias on each of the long sides of the hot pad. 

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