Chinoiserie Hot Pads
I have been getting pretty desperate for some new hot pads, as mine are burned on the edges and stained as sin! I decided to make some new ones to match my dishes, and in time for a family dinner where my domesticity would be on display. I hope you enjoy this project!
Materials for Sewing Hot Pads
- One fat quarter for background fabric
- One fat quarter of blue & white fabric for chinoiserie dishes
- Lite Steam a Seam 2
- 4.25 yards 1/2″ double fold bias tape
- Inktense (optional)
Instructions for Hot Pads
Step 1. Cut Shapes
Select blue and white fabric that will make a pretty chinoiserie-looking pattern. Prepare the fabric with Lite Steam a Seam 2, as indicated on package directions.
Peel the backing paper away from the fabric, and trace the templates onto the inside of the paper. Replace the paper covering the fusible web on the back of the fabric.
Cut the shapes out following the tracing.
Step 2. Adhere Shapes
Square up a fat quarter to 18″. Mark the fabric down the middle in both directions (horizontally and vertically). These will be your cutting lines to yield four 9″ squares.
Peel the paper away from the teacups / sugar pots and place one in the center of each 9″ square. Press with a hot, STEAMY iron to adhere the design to the background fabric.
Step 3. Add Dimension (optional)
I enjoy adding some shading to projects with my InkTense pencils. In this case, it really helps to define the dishes!
Step 4. Quilt
Make a quilt sandwich using the top, a piece of batting, Insul-Bright (insulated lining from the Warm Company), & backing fabric.
Quilt the entire 18″ as one piece. I used a meander design on the background, with a matching thread using my BERNINA Q 16.
When quilting on the tea set designs, I “doodle-stitch”– echoing the shape of each piece, and changing thread color to create shadows and highlights.
Step 5. Finish
Cut the hot pads apart, along the guidelines and finish the edges with double fold bias tape.
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