Nostalgic Hot Pads in Wee Wovens Brights by Moda

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Nostalgic Hot Pads in Wee Wovens Brights by Moda

These clever hot pads are the best of both worlds: a 7" x 9" insulated rectangle for grab-and-go convenience with a back slip-in pocket for the added hand protection of an oven mitt. Based on a design from this Spring's Kitchen Confections series with Moda Fabrics, today's version is done in Moda's Wee Wovens Brights to match Monday's apron. This collection, which is hitting in-store and virtual shelves this month, is a brushed cotton on one side, crisp cotton on the other. It's a large collection, full of wonderfully nostalgic checks, stripes and plaids in many beautiful and bright colorways. We love it!
We went minimalist with the photos for this new version of a classic project. It you find yourself getting lost in the instructions, please take a look a the original Kitchen Confections tutorial. There are many more photos to help you along, and the assembly between the two projects is virtually identical. The only real difference is our use of packaged binding for today's version over custom binding in the original. And, we amped up the hanging loop, making it much wider and adding a metal grommet. 

Our thanks to Moda Fabrics for sponsoring this month's series. We have over three weeks of projects and how-to tutorials to get you through the holidays and thinking about those 2013 sewing resolutions.
As we mentioned above, Wee Wovens Brights starts hitting virtual and in-store shelves this month at your local, participating Moda retailers. Check out some of our favorite vendors in the Sew4Home Marketplace. A quick call or email, and they'll let you know the arrival date of this adorable collection. 
For more information about pre-cuts, check out the Pre-Cuts Lesson tutorial from our friends at Fat Quarter Shop for the inside scoop on the most popular pre-cut bundles. 


Sewing Tools You Need

Fabric and Other Supplies

We used THREE fat quarters to complete two hot pads, each finishes at 7" x 9". Traditionally, fat quarters measure 18" x 22", however, the Wee Wovens Brights brushed cottons ran just a bit smaller, approximately 18" x 21-21½". Our cuts are adjusted for this sizing. If you choose not to use fat quarters, you'll need approximate ½ yard cuts from THREE coordinating fabrics to complete a set of two hot pads.

Getting Started

Throughout the tutorial, we refer to the larger piece as the "front" of the hot pad and the shorter piece as the "back/pocket" of the hot pad. Follow the diagrams below to keep track of which fabrics we are using for each section. 

  1. Download and print TWO EACH of the TWO patterns: Hot Pad Front and Hot Pad Back (Pocket).
    IMPORTANT: Each pattern is ONE 8½" x 11" sheet. You must print the PDF files at 100%. DO NOT SCALE to fit the page. There is a ruler on each page so you can confirm your final printout is to scale.
  2. Cut out each pattern along the solid line. 
  3. Find the two Hot Pad Front printouts, flip one printout over so the printed side is facing down. Line up the center line arrows and tape the pattern together to make one complete pattern piece. Repeat with the two Hot Pad Back (Pocket) printouts.
  4. Square each fat quarter by tugging on the the opposite corners. Then press to hold the shape. When cutting, use the lines of the plaid and/or check as your guide.
  5. From the two fat quarters for the front and back (Wee Bright Plaid Red and Wee Bright Windowpane Plaid Aqua in our samples) cut the following:
    ONE 8" wide  x 10" high rectangle from each fat quarter
    TWO 8" x wide x 9" high rectangles from each fat quarter
  6. From the fat quarter for the inner front panel of both hot pads and the hanging loops (Wee Bright Strip Red in our samples), cut the following:
    TWO 8" wide x 10" high rectangles
    TWO 4" x 4" squares
  7. From the Insul-Bright, cut the following:
    TWO 8" x 10" rectangles
    TWO 8" x 9" rectangles
  8. From the interfacing, cut TWO 3" x 3" squares.
  9. Cut the rick rack into TWO 8" lengths

At Your Sewing Machine & Ironing Board

Layering, quilting and cutting the main front and back pieces

  1. For each hot pad, find an 8" x 10" front fabric panel, an 8" x 10" inner front fabric panel, and an 8" x 10" insulated fleece panel. Layer the insulated fleece between the two pieces of fabric. The fabric should be wrong sides together. Pin at the corners to create a 'quilt sandwich.'
  2. Next, for each hot pad, find one 8" x 9" back pocket piece and one 8" x 9"  insulated fleece panel. Layer the insulated fleece and the fabric wrong sides together into a two layer quilt sandwich.
  3. Straight-line quilt (sometimes called channel quilting) through all the layers of each quilt sandwich. We used the plaid lines of our selected fabric as the spacing guide for our channel quilting. This gave us lines approximately ⅝" apart. You can do something similar with the motif on your chosen fabric, use a quilting bar to set an even distance, or pre-draw lines to follow with an erasable fabric pen or pencil.

    NOTE: As we mentioned above, we used our Janome Horizon Memory Craft 8900 QCP with its awesome AcuFeed Flex™. It is specially designed to work with multiple layers, keeping them all moving together without slipping or sliding. Your machine may have something similar, such as a Walking foot or an Even Feed foot. These are all optional; they simply make the process quicker and more accurate. You can certainly use your regular pressure foot. Just go slowly and carefully, and use a few more pins.
  4. Using the Hot Pad Front and Hot Pad Back (Pocket) patterns you assembled above, center each pattern on its appropriate quilted block and cut out each pattern. 
  5. Use the Hot Pad Back (Pocket) pattern to cut one lining piece from each of two remaining 8" x 9"  plain back pocket pieces. 
  6. Find the two 8" lengths of rick rack
  7. Place a length of rick rack across the straight upper edge of each quilted hot pad back (pocket), following the dashed guide line on the pattern. To double check, the center of the rick rack should be ½" from the raw edge of the mitt. The rick rack is placed on the right side of the fabric.
  8. Machine baste the rick rack in place.
  9. Find the non-quilted back (pocket) lining piece. Place the quilted back right side together with the lining, sandwiching the rick rack between the layers. 
  10. Stitch the two layers together along the upper edge, following along in the previous basting line for the rick rack.
  11. Press the seam allowance towards the lining. 
  12. Fold the lining back so the rick rack now stands straight up and both the front and the back of the pocket are right sides facing out. Match the curved raw bottom edges edges and lightly pin in place through all the layers. Press. 

Create the hanging loop

  1. Find the 4" x 4" fabric squares and the 3" x 3" interfacing squares. Center an interfacing square on the wrong side of each fabric square. 
  2. Following manufacturer's instructions, fuse the interfacing in place.
  3. Fold each square in half right sides together. Pin in place along the 4" side and across one end.
  4. Using a ¼" seam allowance, stitch along the 4" side and across the one end, pivoting at the corner. 
  5. Clip the corner and turn right side out through the open end. Press flat
  6. Following manufacturer's instructions, add a grommet to the finished end (not the raw end) of each loop. The placement for the grommet is ¾" from the center of the grommet's hole to the finished end.
  7. Find the two quilted hot pad fronts. Place them on your work surface with the outer front facing up (the non-stripe panels in our samples). Pin the raw end of a loop to the top of each, centering it side to side and with the raw end of the loop flush with the raw edge of the hot pad. Pin in place. Machine or hand baste in place close to the raw edges.

Assemble front to back and bind with hanging loop

  1. Flip over the hot pad fronts on your work surface so the "inner fronts" are now facing up (the striped panel in our samples). Place a hot pad pocket on top of each with the quilted side facing up. Machine baste the two layers together, staying about ¼" from the raw edge.
  2. From the bias tape, cut one 36" length for each hot pad. 
  3. Unfold the bias tape so you can see all the crease lines.
  4. Flip over the hot pads again so the outer fronts/pockets are again facing up.
  5. Starting at the top, pin a length of bias tape to each pot holder, right sides together, aligning the raw edge of the slightly wider side of the tape with the raw edges of the hot pad. Pin in place all around.
  6. Sew all the way around, stitching in the crease line and starting and stopping at the top with a ½" overlap. You will catch the loop as you sew. Trim away the excess bias tape so you have just the ½" overlap.
  7. Fold the bias tape around to the other side of the hot pad, covering the line of stitching. Pin in place.
  8. From the pocket side of the hot pad, edgestitch the bias tape, making sure to catch the fold on the underside as you sew.

    NOTE: If you're new to working with bias tape, the number one rule is 'slow and steady wins the race.' You're sewing around a curve, which is trickier than a straight line and are binding several layers. Don't fear the pin! Use plenty, removing them as you go. For more hints, check out our tutorial: Bias Binding: Figuring Yardage, Cutting, Making, Attaching.
  9. Also remember, as mentioned above, the original version of this hot pad from our Moda Kitchen Confections series has many more photos. The steps are nearly identical with the main variance being the grommeted hanging loop.
    Go to the Kitchen Confections in Moda's Vintage Modern: Patchwork Oven Mitts tutorial. 
Project Design: Alicia Thommas  
Sample Creation and Instructional Outline: Michele Mishler

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