Technically, since I started this series last February, this should be my last Hot Pad of the Month. I’ve gone back and forth over the last month on whether I should continue, or go ahead and call it. I have more designs I’ve sketched that I’d love to try, but how many is too many? I finally decided that if I had to actually ask myself the question, I should keep going. The day will come when I’ll just bite that Tootsie Pop, but today is not that day. (For those of you too young to get that reference, here’s Mr. Owl to take you on a trip in the Way Back Machine.)
Since we’re all easing back into normal life again (okay, well, I am) I decided to keep it easy this month. What I love about this design is that it can look completely different depending on the fabrics you choose, and you can easily add embellishments like embroidery or trim. I used a fancy stitch on my sewing machine that’s never seen the light of day before.
To make this, you’ll need:
this pattern (print at 100% size)
two cotton fabrics
From the hand pattern, cut two fabric, one Insul-Bright and one cotton batting. For the thumb, you’ll need two fabric (flip the pattern for the second, so they’re opposite each other) and one Insul-Bright. Cut one cuff from the coordinating fabric.
Press one long edge of the cuff under 1/4”. Pin it to the bottom edge of the front hand, with the edges even. Stitch near the fold. This is where I got to try out the fancy stitch.
Layer the thumb pieces, starting with the Insul-Bright, followed by one thumb right side up and the last right side down. Stitch, leaving the long straight edge open. Trim seam. Turn right side out and press. Stitch close to the outer edge.
Lay the hand Insul-Bright out flat. Add the back hand, right side up. Place the thumb between the spots marked on the pattern, with the thumb to the inside and raw edges even.
Top with the front hand, right side down, and the cotton batting. Pin well. Stitch around the edge, leaving about 4” open at the bottom. Clip the corners and turn right side out.
Press, turning in the opening. Stitch around the near the edge.
If you want a pair, simply move the thumb to the other side when you make the second hot pad. Since winter’s really just getting started here, I think this one will be around my house for a while…which is more than okay with me!
Here’s links to all of the Hot Pads so far, for those of you playing along at home. Which one is your favorite?