Here’s the latest of my crafting projects. I used old jeans, quilt batting, and some of my $1 fabric to make some cute new hot pads. A couple of them even incorporate the back pocket of the jeans, making them usable as hot mitts.
Each pad consists of two layers of denim, a layer of quilt batting, and a layer of ‘cute’ fabric. If I didn’t have quilt batting, I probably would have cut up an old towel for an additional layer of heat protection in the core of the pad. I cut the denim and batting all the same size (about 6 inches square). Then I cut the decorative layer of fabric about two inches longer and wider. This way I could use it both as backing and as edging, by simply folding the extra width over the raw edges of the denim and stitching all the layers together. All in all it was a fun project. Now all I have to do is force myself to use them. They’re so cute and perky that I’m not too eager to start getting them dirty.
Update: if you’re not so crafty but you love this idea– they make great gifts!– check the Owlhaven etsy shop to see if I currently have any potholders for sale. Here’s a sampling of what I’ve made recently.