How to make a hot pad for a casserole dish. These make great gifts for family and friends because most people don’t have a large pot holder!
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I’ve been eyeballing large pot holders on Pinterest. They look so USEFUL. I’m tired of lining up two small ones to go underneath a hot casserole dish and it seemed simple enough to make a large pot holder. This has been a project I’ve been wanting to do for a while and it did not disappoint. It was fairly simple, it wasn’t terribly time consuming, and they came out really cute.
Best part? Most people have normal size pot holders, but I’m guessing a large one would make a GREAT gift. Making a few of these is no big deal and it’s a great way to practice putting on bias tape.
Or just make your fabric cuts smaller and make small pot holders. Your choice. Same technique.
Supplies for an Easy Hot Pad
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- Insul Brite (this is probably cheaper at the store by the yard)
- Cotton Batting
- Typical sewing machine stuff
- Bias tape
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How to Make a Hot Pad
Watch this easy video for instructions or scroll down for the photo tutorial.
You’ll cut a rectangle of your top fabric, your bottom fabric, a layer of batting, and a layer of Insul Brite. If you cut your Insul Brite and batting to be slightly smaller than your exterior fabrics, that will help with sewing.
For reference, my finished pot holder (the one with the stripes) was 15×9″. I think I made the others slightly larger. I like for the pads to peak out from under the dishes because they’re pretty.
Pin your top fabric to your Insul-Brite and batting. Sew together. I just quilted up the top.
Next, you want to add your back fabric. You have two choices… you can face the front fabric right sides together with the back fabric, stitch, leave an opening to turn it, then turn and topstitch.
I liked this method better… I pinned my fabric in the following order: Top fabric, batting/Insul Brite, back fabric. Just like it’ll show up when you finish the hot pad.
Once I did that, I basted all three together. If you’re clever with adding bias tape, you could probably just put your bias tape on and skip the basting. Pins do hold the layers in place pretty well.
Now you just sew your bias tape on with a straight stitch.
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Learn how to make a DIY hot pad for a casserole dish. These also make great gifts for family and friends.
- Insul Brite
- Cotton Batting
- Bias tape
- Sewing Machine
- Cut a rectangle out of your top fabric, bottom fabric, a layer of batting, and a layer of Insul Brite.
- Pin the top fabric to your Insul-Brite and batting. Sew together.
- Pin your fabric in the following order: Top fabric, batting/Insul Brite, back fabric.
- Baste all three together.
- Sew your bias tape on with a straight stitch.
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Danielle Pientka is the sewing and DIY blogger behind DIYDanielle.com. She taught herself to sew in 2011 when she wanted to make cloth diapers for her first son. She’s been sewing everything from ecofriendly items to kids products to clothing since, as it has become a passion. She loves learning how to do new things and teaching others in the process. She hopes to inspire other moms to take time for themselves to find their own creative passion.
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