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« on: August 28, 2010 09:59:56 AM »

My son and I went shopping for college, and his dorm room actually has a kitchen (not a big kitchen, but a stove, refrigerator, sink and cupboards is a kitchen).  We went looking at various things for his kitchen, and hot pads are expensive ($3 for a  6" square of fabric is expensive). When we went to the dollar store, they had 1 hot pad. It was ugly, and had purple fabric.  I told my son, "I will make you some hot pads."

I have insul-brite in my stash, and some warm and natural batting, so I told him to pick out some fabric from my stash for the outside, and I got to work. They don't have the binding that the store-bought ones have, but I think they turned out pretty well:

(The one on the right was later  quilted, too. I discovered that hot pads are quilted for gripping ability as well as the usual reasons for quilting things).
And here's a shot of the back. Believe it or not, the thread that looks dark in this picture is the same thread that looks too light on the other side):

I really liked this fabric when I bought it to make butterfly potholders for a personal swap (I guess it's just destined for potholders when I use it), but I like it even better when it's quilted along the pattern lines.  The back, by the way, is cotton twill. So it's got a layer of twill, a layer of warm and natural batting, and a layer of insul-brite under the quilting cotton  layer to help keep my son's fingers safe.  I'm hoping he actually gets around to using them while he's there.


Where did all this fabric come from? I CAN'T have bought THAT much!
« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2010 10:21:43 AM »

They turned out great!  I love the colors and the pattern of the top fabric - and the pattern lends itself to quilting so nicely. 

« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2010 10:31:33 AM »

Thanks! I was kind of hoping my son would pick one of the other fabrics so I could keep more of that one, but he has good taste.  Smiley


Where did all this fabric come from? I CAN'T have bought THAT much!
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« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2010 11:06:53 AM »

Great job! And they look manly too!
« Reply #4 on: August 28, 2010 02:42:53 PM »

I suppose that's one positive to leaving the binding off (manly potholders. Who knew?). If I could have riveted them, it would have been an instant success, I suppose (either that, or if I'd found computer board fabric).  Wink


Where did all this fabric come from? I CAN'T have bought THAT much!
« Reply #5 on: September 06, 2010 08:52:50 AM »

It really is amazing how the quilting brings out the pattern of the fabric!  Great!

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