I saw on Instagram recently that someone had made hot pads out of old jeansand bias tape. Since I’d just blown the behind out of my favorite Levi’s, I decided to give it a go. Here’s my first attempt.
And the back.
Too small and too messy. But not one to give up easily, I decided to try again. But this time, I quilted the layers first. BTW, I used a product called Insulbrite for the batting. It is specifically made for hot pads and such. It is available at your local JoAnn’s.
I used some prefolded bias tape I had laying around, stitching it to the top first. This stuff is trickier to work with than I expected.
Then I pulled out a secret weapon. Well, not so secret, I suppose.
I used the glue to baste the edges to the back. Just a tiny bit of glue and a quick press of the iron will hold it in place.
Then I topstitched from the front close to the edge, creating the loop as I went.
The front looks much better than the back, but it’s good enough for me.
And I have enough left to make two more. These finish at about 6 1/2 by 8 1/2 inches.
Will everyone be getting hot pads for a Christmas? Heck, no! But it was an interesting little diversion. I might do this again, but it would be easier to just make my own binding.
Now, back to our regularly scheduled quilting.
Have a great day!
I have decided that 8 inch square is the perfect potholder size. Before Insulbrite was around, I used to fill the potholders with left over jeans to keep them heat safe. Potholders are my favorite stress releaser
Great process post. Love that secret weapon.
Clever idea, Katy. (Though your phrasing “blowing out the behind” on your jeans made me giggle.)
Hi Katy! Nice job on your own tutorial for the potholders. I love the two colors together, and we all know how study denim is. Happy Tuesday! ~smile~ Roseanne
Cute idea — I have some old clothing that cannot be mended, so I may have to give this a try!