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Hot Pad & Pot Holders

Mike Berry – 09/12/18

Cindy Stottlemeyer from our US soft crafts design team has created a fabulous tutorial to make hot pads and pot holders with our Build a Block dies – they’re a fabulous treat for yourself or your friends! You could customise the fabric for different occasions (or to match a kitchen)… who will you create one for first?

What you need

Gemini
Build A Block— 2” square die, 2” half square triangle die
1” square die, 1” half square triangle die
Cutting Mat
Rotary cutter, scissors
Ruler
Iron, ironing board
Sewing machine
For top: 5 Fat quarters or 1/8 yd each of… Red, Pink, White, Light green, Dark green
For middle: 1/4 yd. Insulbrite
1/4 yd. single sided quilted fabric red (1/4 yd. fabric and batting/wadding if quilting your own)
1 pack Bias Tape Extra Wide Double Fold (Red)

Cut the fabric for the pot holders (2)

Using your Gemini and 1” square die and 1” half square triangle from the Build A Block cut the following:
8 – 1” square white
4 — 1” square dark green
16 — 1” red
8 — 1” square pink
20 — 1” half square triangle white
8 — 1” half square triangle dark green
8 — 1” half square triangle light green
12 — 1” half square triangle red

Cut the fabric for the hot pad (1)

Using your Gemini and 2” square die and 2” half square triangle from the Build A Block cut the following:
4 — 2” square white
2 — 2” square dark green
8 — 2” square red
4 — 2” square pink
10 — 2” half square triangle white
4 — 2” half square triangle dark green
4 — 2” half square triangle light green
6 — 2” half square triangle red

Lay out your pattern

Use the guide at left to lay out the pattern as follows:

Row 1 : white square, light green half square, white half square, dark green square,
white half square, light green half square, white square

Row 2 : white half square, dark green half square, dark green half square, light green
half square, green square, light green half square, dark green half square,
Dark green half square, white half square

Row 3 : white half square, red half square, pink square, red square, pink square,
red half square, white half square

Row 4 : pink square, red square, pink square, red square, pink square

Row 5 : white half square, red half square, pink square, red square, pink square,
red half square, white half square

Row 6 : white square, white half square, red half square, pink square, red half square,
white half square, white square

Begin sewing your half squares together with a 1⁄4 “ seam to make your squares. Iron seams
to the dark side of fabric. Sew squares together to form rows, then sew rows together to get your
block. Finish your block by cutting your edges to make it straight.

Now create the pot holders

Using the picture at left as a guide, assemble your pot holder by doing the following:

Cut two 7″ x 6″ fabric pieces for the back.

Cut two 7″ x 13″ fabric pieces for the pocket.

Cut two 7″ x 6″ of insulbrite.

*Take one 7″ x 13″ fold in half raw edges at bottom.

Place 7″ x 6″ piece and place wrong side up on top of pocket.

Place insulbrite next.

Put the front of the pot holder right side up on top of that and top stitch all the way around top, making sure to catch all pieces.

Cut the raw edges to even up your block.

Attach binding, repeat from * for second pot holder.

Create the hot pad

Cut one 9 1⁄2″ x 8″ back fabric and piece of insulbrite.

Lay out the back fabric wrong side up, then add the insulbrite, and finally the top piece.

Top stitch the top 1/8″ seam all around the top, making sure to catch all three pieces.

Even up your edges.

Attach the binding.