Recycling

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!

About katyquilts

I am a wife, mom of four amazing kids, and a librarian. I have been making traditional quilts for ages but have ventured into art qulting in the last several years. I also love to knit socks and mittens and dye my own fabric. I am thankful to God my Father and Creator for the gift of creativity!
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5 Responses to Recycling

  1. 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

  2. anudge says:

    Great process post. Love that secret weapon.

  3. Nann says:

    Clever idea, Katy. (Though your phrasing “blowing out the behind” on your jeans made me giggle.)

  4. rl2b2017 says:

    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

  5. Cute idea — I have some old clothing that cannot be mended, so I may have to give this a try!

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