Hot Pad Tutorial

This hot pad was designed to fit a 9″ x 13″ pan and made thick to protect countertops and tables.  The directions are for a hot pad with one fabric on each side.  Notes on how I did the evergreen tree will follow at the end.

 Fabric requirements:

  • two 10½” x 15½” pieces of different fabrics (A for top, B for back)
  • one 10½” x 15½” piece of lining fabric (will not show)
  • two 10½” x 15½” pieces of batting
  • one 10½” x 15½” piece of InsulBright batting



1. Layer Fabric A, one piece of regular batting and the lining fabric together and quilt with diagonal lines or as desired to make a mini quilt.


2. Layer as follows, aligning raw edges, with (a) on the bottom:
a. InsulBright
b. regular batting
c. quilted A right side up
d. B right side down


3. Stitch a ½” seam around all edges, leaving a 4” turning opening on one of the long sides.


4. Trim corners and trim batting as close to seam as possible.


5. Turn entire hot pad right side out.


6. Tuck raw edges of opening inside, press. Pin in place, if desired.


7. Topstitch ⅛” from edge through all layers.

For the tree, I drew an 8″ x 10″ rectangle on the paper side of a piece of fusible web.  I made a mark at the center of the 8″ side and drew diagonal lines from the mark to each lower corner.  I fused the web to the back of the tree fabric and cut it out.  The trunk or stand is 1″ x 1 1/2″, but I cut it about 1″ x 1 3/4″ so I could slip a little of it under the edge of the tree.  I placed the tip of the tree 2″ below the top edge of the background fabric.

That’s it! I hope you have fun making some of these and giving them as gifts!

  • Cathy
    Posted at 19:09h, 01 November Reply

    Great for Christmas gifts. I can’t wait to get started.

  • Alice Haney
    Posted at 14:44h, 17 June Reply

    Am going to make a ton of these for Christmas gifts !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  • Linda
    Posted at 13:47h, 09 September Reply

    Neat idea! I’m gonna do this one.

  • Jess
    Posted at 04:12h, 03 January Reply

    This is a great idea. Thanks for the inspiration! I'm definitely going to make some of these.

    Urban Patchwork

  • Nancy
    Posted at 01:31h, 21 December Reply

    Awesome idea, I so wish I had seen this a couple of weeks ago!

  • Teresa
    Posted at 13:16h, 03 December Reply

    I LOVE this project! I am varying the pattern for the top but using your directions for the assembly (and I cited you on my blog!). Thanks for the great Christmas gift idea.

    I live in Ypsilanti…we are practically neighbors!

    In stitches,
    Teresa :o)

  • Kim Bates
    Posted at 13:39h, 25 November Reply

    Thanks for the tut! These are great gifts!

  • Martys Fiber Musings
    Posted at 21:38h, 11 November Reply

    Thank you for this wonderful idea….could not wait to post my handmade hotpads using your tutorial on my blog today!

  • jill/marny
    Posted at 17:57h, 11 November Reply

    Fun idea–great gift, group project, and good instructions. Thank you.

  • BaileyGirl5
    Posted at 14:48h, 09 November Reply

    Great tutorial! I love to make presents for my sisters and I've already given them a ton of coasters. This will be a great addition to my repertoire!

  • Rebekah
    Posted at 14:27h, 09 November Reply

    What a neat idea to make a hot pad big enough to fit a 9×12 pan. I might have to make some of these for our Thanksgiving and Christmas feasts. Will you be bringing this as your small gift show and tell on Monday night?

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