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Today's project is a simple and useful project! It is surprising how quickly hot pads and pot holders can get stained and gross looking. After awhile, you need some new ones. Repurposing an old pair of jeans is perfect because the heavier fabric adds more protection from hot pans.
When I started working on it, I realized that if I were working with 2 pairs of old jeans in different washes, it would be even more interesting. To create more texture with my one light washed pair, I changed the direction of the grain of the squares and strips as I put them together.
I've created a gallery of instructions for you to follow! Simple click on the photos and you will see how I crafted this denim hot pad!
Cut a piece of fabric the same size as the top block that you just created. Place it right side down on the right side of the block. Next put a layer of Insul-Brite and then a layer of batting. Stitch all around the edge with a 1/2 inch seam, leaving an opening on one side for turning. Trim the seam and then flip the hot pad right side out, pushing out the corners. I used my sewing machine to quilt the pad together by stitching in the ditch on the seam lines.
Now that you have created this hot pad, you know how to make a simple quilt square! If you have a few pairs of jeans, you could make an entire quilt top. The wonderful thing about denim is that just about any print will go with it, so you can personalize this hot pad or a quilt to any taste or décor. Of course, in a quilt, you won't need to use Insul-Brite.
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Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!