How was your Easter? We had a wonderful little getaway for the weekend with our baby dills--more on that later. But today I have another Never Enough Orange project! You might be wondering what this has to do with my sewing studio. Well, I do share this space with some smaller dills, and we have a play kitchen that is getting a makeover to match the orange theme. I can't wait to show you how it's turning out! In the meantime, here's a little project to coordinate with a children's play kitchen.
It's been quite a while since I've done a "Swatchee Project". If you're new here, a swatchee project is something I make using swatches of fabric I collected while we were in Korea. Here are my past projects:
Disclaimer and warning: This is just a toy. This is not for actual use in the kitchen, and has not been tested with real oven temperatures. [I imagine that you would want more insulation than what I've done in this project not to mention all natural fiber content, so please do not use this tutorial to make a real hotpad.]
- Piece 4 rectangles together with 1/4" seam [first 2, then the other 2, then all 4 together]
- The pieced layer will be on top, the batting in the middle and the solid layer [right side out] on the bottom
- Make one stitch, at an angle. I have an attachment bar, guide thing [I'm pretty sure that's the technical name] that fits into my presser foot to guide stitching lines without the throat plate [that square metal thing with your seam allowance guide on it]. Use it to guide your stitches, making them an even width apart. Rotate fabric 180 degrees and quilt it the opposite way, creating a grid pattern on the bias.
- Have we learned how to make bias tape yet? I made 1/2" double folded bias tape=cut 2" strips of fabric on the bias. Using a bias tape maker machine or a hand held bias maker or fold your bias in half, press, then fold the outer edges in, create your own bias tape. [Or you could always just buy some pre-made! I won't tell.]
- Round the edges of your hotpad and pin the bias tape around the perimeter, folding the beginning under 1/2" and overlapping the end 1/2". It might be easier to clip the corners 1/4" to make your bias go more smoothly around.
- Before you stitch the bias, make a little loopy thing with 3" of your bias tape. Just stitch down both sides and fold ends together. Insert this between the hotpad and bias on one of the corners. Stitch bias.
- Flip the bias over to the opposite side and pin in place. Stitch the inner edge and the outer edge to help it lay flat and just be cuter.
And bad news for you who don't like to make bias, because my next NEO project has lots and lots and lots and lots of bias involved. Good news for those who do! :)