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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5 comments on “Chinoiserie Hot Pads”

  • Pretty idea. I have never used Lite Steam A Seam 2 and am confused at what you are doing with it. I guess I can look that up and figure it out. Do you quilt over the tea cups and sugar bowl pieces? A picture of the finished hot pads would help. Thank you!

    • The Lite Steam a Seam 2 is on the teacup designs. This not only provides the adhesive for applying the designs to the background, the paper makes it easy to trace the templates. I do quilt over the tea cups after they’ve been applied to the background.

  • I wouldn’t be able to see what I traced if I traced the inside of the paper and then put the paper back on. And I don’t see any patterns to trace anyway.
    How do you fix the inktense once applied?

  • Thanks for the idea! Fast & easy. Love the extra touches with the Inktense pencils & thread ideas. Thank you! Fun project. Great idea for a little gift for my siblings & children.

  • The pattern is in the red where it says DOWNLOAD DESIGN. Steam a Seam lite is very see through so you can see it. Alternatively you could reverse the pattern using freezer paper & then trace. Applique however you are comfortable. Fun project!

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