Today is my birthday, so I feel like it’s okay to base this month’s hot pad on one of my favorite things – strawberries. When they’re in season, I can’t leave them alone. The summer I was pregnant with my daughter I threw back so many I warned my husband that she might be born bright red and covered in seeds. Even though I ate my substantially pregnant weight in them it didn’t diminish my love for those sweet little berries. I might not be able to start eating them quite yet this year, but I think this cute hot pad will help me get through until I can.
If you’ve been following along during this series, you know these have varied in difficulty and skill level. This one is definitely one of the easiest, which is perfect for the crazy busyness that is May.
To make this hot pad you’ll need:
2 caps cut from green fabric (flip pattern for second)
2 strawberries from red fabric
1 strawberry from fusible interfacing
1 strawberry from thin batting
1 strawberry from InsulBright
yellow craft thread
green craft thread
Mark the dots on the strawberry as shown on the pattern using a chalk pencil.
Apply the interfacing to the back. Layer the InsulBright, batting, front strawberry (right side up) and back strawberry (right side down). Pin layers together and stitch around, leaving 3” open at the bottom.
Turn right side out through opening. Press, turning in opening. Topstitch all the way around, close to the edge.
Using yellow craft thread, push needle down through all the layers just to the right of a dot. Push it back up on the left.
Tie the two strands in a tight knot and clip the threads about 1/4” long.
Repeat at for all the dots.
I used the tip of my needle to unravel and fluff the ends. I was going for an old-fashioned tied quilt look, but if you want something a little cleaner looking you could always tie the knots on the back. The front would look like this.
Pin the two caps right sides together. Stitch, leaving 2” open at the top.
Clip all of the corners. Turn right side out and press, turning in the opening.
I hand stitched around the edge using green craft thread, but you could topstitch it with a machine if you prefer. Leave the top edge unstitched.
Align the top edge of the cap with the top of the strawberry. Stitch across the top using your preferred method.
I can’t decide if this makes me feel better I can’t get Oregon strawberries yet, or just makes me want them more. Either way, it’s going to look pretty good with a piece of cake on top of it later!
You can find links to all of the previous months’ patterns on my Hot Pads page.