I couldn’t leave on my vacation without sharing this June’s Hot Pad of the Month! There’s only one more hot pad after this one before this series comes to an end, which makes this number seventeen. There are so many reasons, old and new, that I’m glad I went with this design but I won’t get into all of those right now . Instead, let’s make something!
To make this month’s hot pad you’ll need:
2 strips red fabric 1 1/2 x 9”
2 strips red fabric 1 1/2 x 5 1/2”
2 strips white fabric 1 1/2 x 9’
2 strips white fabric 1 1/2 x 5 1/2”
5 diamonds from cardstock or other fairly heavy paper
5 diamonds from white fabric with 1/4” added to each side
Upper right corner from blue fabric
Back from fabric of choice
craft thread or embroidery floss
Sew the four short stripes together, side by side. Press the seams toward the red. Stitch the set of strips to the bottom of the blue corner. Press the seam toward the blue.
Sew the four long strips together. Press the seams toward the red. Stitch the set to the blue and stripe piece. Press seams toward the blue.
Use the pattern to trim the upper left corner and bottom edge to match.
Apply the fusible interfacing to the back. Set aside.
The next step involves English paper piecing. If you’ve never tried it, don’t be scared. I’m a beginner myself, and this is an easy project. I bought myself a Sewline Fabric Glue Pen (Amazon Affiliate link), which makes it go much smoother in my opinion. Of course, there are plenty of other ways to do it, so do whatever is most comfortable for you.
Lay a paper diamond in the center of the wrong side of a fabric diamond. Run fabric glue around the edge of the paper.
Fold up each side until you have something that looks like this:
Repeat with the other four diamonds. Don’t cut off those little tails.
Lay two diamonds with right sides together and edges even. Stitch the two sides together with a blind ladder stitch (make a small stitch back and forth on each side). I find this is easiest with the tiniest needle you’re comfortable holding.
When you’re finished, knot your thread and fold the diamonds open.
Repeat by stitching another diamond to the lower left edge of the top diamond.
Add the fourth and fifth diamonds in the same manner.
Line up the last two edges to close the star and stitch closed.
Here’s what it will look like from the back at this point.
Crease the folds by running your fingernail over them. The next step is to carefully fold open each section and remove the paper.
Kind of a mess now, huh?
Fold all the edges back into place and press with an iron. Fold the tips under at the same time.
And the back…
Pin the star in place on the blue corner. Remember that you still have seams to sew when centering it.
Stitch around the edges with craft thread. I added a starburst in the center as well.
Layer the Insul-Bright, batting, back (right side up) and front (right side down). Pin. Stitch, leaving 3” open at the bottom.
Clip the corners. Turn right side out and press, turning in the opening. Topstitch close to the edge. Add topstitching on the two inside seams of the blue corner.
You can either display this upright, to match the rest of the hot pads…
…or turn it on its side. Either way, it’s a perfect addition to your 4th of July festivities!
You can find links to all of the previous months’ patterns on my Hot Pads page.