If you spotted my Autumn Leaf Quilted Table Runner last week, you may have seen my comment about saving the scraps. Well, this is what you were saving them for.
You know how much I hate to throw away something that has any chance at getting used, so the leftovers from that project were no different. It took about two seconds to realize they would be perfect for a coordinating hot pad, and they are together in the middle of my dining room table as we speak.
To make this hot pad, you’ll need:
the scraps from the table runner (or eight strips 2 x 6” of print fabric and eight 1 x 6” dark brown, sewn together as instructed for table runner)
1 x 12” dark brown fabric for center
33” dark brown bias tape (again, didn’t cut on the bias. I’m not recommending that because it has no stretch like it should, but in a pinch it can work)
8 x 12” backing fabric
8 x 12” batting
8 x 12” InsulBright
Your scraps should look like this:
Stitch the two long straight edges to either side of the 12” brown strip.
Cut out the leaf shape using the pattern. Cut the batting and InsulBright as well. Flip the pattern over to cut the backing.
Lay the backing down, wrong side up. Layer the batting and InsulBright on top. Lay the leaf on, right side up, and pin the layers well. Quilt using your favorite method. Just like the table runner, I did a free motion squiggle down the middle of the dark brown strips.
Open one side of the bias tape. Starting at the bottom tip, stitch it to the back of the hot pad, lining up the edges and using a 1/2” seam. When you’re almost back to where you started, fold the edge up over the pad, then stitch the final end over. Leave 6 1/2” of bias at the end for the stem.
Fold the end of the stem to the inside 1/4” and press. Fold the binding up over the edge of the pad and press. Stitch over near the fold, continuing down the stem.
Loop the stem up under the pad and stitch the end in place.
You can stitch it by hand, but I just followed the topstitching that was already there. And you’re done!
Okay Autumn, I’m ready. Bring it on.