Hotpads (or trivets) are super handy, you can never have too many. Perfect for protecting surfaces from hot pots and prettying the kitchen up at the same time.
They make a great house warming gift, and the best part about them is you can use leftover fabric scraps to make them. If you have small pieces of batting and fabrics left over from quilting projects, this project is ideal.
I found a small pile of paper pieced hexagons yesterday. They were left over from my Hexagon Table Runner project, and I thought it would be fun to use them for a new scrapbusting project – The Hexie Hotpad.
Finished size: Approx 8″ (20cm) diam
You will need:
- Fabric scraps (enough to make 6 hexies)
- Hexie template, paper, printer and scissors
- Cotton fabric for front and back large enough to cut 2 x 9″ circles
- Cotton quilt batting large enough to cut 2 x 9″ circles (or substitute with wool blanketing)
- Plate about 9″ (22cm) diameter
- Pencil or fabric marking pen
- Sewing machine
- General Sewing supplies
1. Make 6 hexies with paper hexagon templates. See full instructions for making Paper Pieced Hexagons. Arrange them in a ring shape.
2. Hand stitch hexie ring together – See Tips for joining paper pieced hexagons
3. Remove papers.
4. Press the reverse side to keep edges nice an crisp. Set aside.
5. Trace 2 circles on to fabric using a plate.
6. Cut out circles.
7. Lay circles (right sides facing) over each other.
8. Sew around circle leaving a 3-4″ opening. Use your presser foot as a seam allowance guide.
9. Cut 2 x circles of batting slightly smaller than your seam line.
10. Clip curves.
11. Turn inside out and press edges. You may find that pushing the edges out with the tips of scissors (gently) will help you get a nice curved edge.
12. Insert 2 layers of batting and wiggle it into shape so it lays nice and flat. You can trim a little off the edges of the batting if it’s a little large to sit flat.
13. Hand stitch opening closed.
14. Pin hexagon ring onto top of hotpad.
15. Using a narrow zig zag stitch on your sewing machine, stitch around inside and outside of hexagon ring. Trim threads.
All done! I love the puffy quilted effect.
This is what the back will look like.
I’ve made a few in different colours. What a great way to show off your favourite fabrics. You can add a little loop if you want to hang them.
These pretty Hexie Hotpads are perfect for use as a mug rug, or make a few for a quirky alternative to place mats.
Time to enjoy a good cup of tea.