Thursday, November 5, 2015

Desire to Inspire Project 8 - Those Adorable Selvages Quilt-as-you-go Hot Pad Tutorial

Quilt-as-you-go Selvage Hotpads
7.5 x 7.5 inches
fabrics: "Miss Kitty's Colors" by Marie Cole for Henry Glass plus unknown white
Insul-Bright batting

Here it is, finally - the end of my "Miss Kitty's Colors" spree! This is such a fun collection from start to finish, including the selvages. I mean, Seriously! Who can see such adorable selvages and not have to do something with them? 

These wonky quilt-as-you-go hot pads are super easy. I chain-pieced three of them from step to step, so pictures are varied as to which pad is featured during the process.

You will need:
  • background fabric for the front (I started with a 5 inch square)
  • a scrap to fit a 3.5 inch square
  • fusible material to fit a 3.5 inch square
  • selvages for the wonky play - I cut mine at 2 to 2.5 inch widths (you can use regular scraps, see below)
  • backing fabric (I started with a 9 inch square that I could trim down later)
  • thermal batting like Insul-Bright
  • some binding

For the center kitty faces, I simply used the guttings from my Soft Kitty, Warm Kitty applique prep. Here's the image for that again. The originals were printed out as a 4 x 4 inch square, but this project's faces are at the 3.5 inch square size. Just resize the jpeg before printing it if you want the same ratio.

You can right-click to save this image to work with.

There is ZERO sewing on this hot pad before the quilting stage. In fact, the only prep work is to fuse the kitty face into the center of your background fabric.

Layer your backing, some thermal batting, and your kitty face. Pin or spray baste.

First stitch your kitty face down. Once again, I just used my machine's blanket stitch setting.

It works just fine to stitch and quilt at the same time. Just don't speed sew here, and lessen the pressure of your presser foot. See: Just fine on the back:

Now take a selvage and lay it down at whatever angle floats your boat, right side up. Top stitch this down close to the selvage edge. 

Fold the selvage onto its face so you can trim away the excess backing fabric from your seam

Layer another selvage, angled along another side, and top stitch that one down. Make sure you overshoot the end of the first one's stitching line.

Now look at the back. The first stitching line could very well shoot beyond the intersection of the second one, as I had here by about an inch. 

You'll have a much nicer hot pad if you just flick those out with your seam ripper and tuck those tails. (Pull on that bobbin thread end, and the front thread will come through, giving you an easier flick area to work in. See the holes below, where I'd unstitched that line and then knotted the threads?)

Go back to the front and fold that second piece over so you can trim away the excess fabric under it. 

Just continue these steps until you've filled all the sides. 

On one of my pads, the fourth selvage left me short of full coverage. I grabbed a normal scrap to give it one more pass. And here's where you can see the difference in construction from the selvages.

This time, lay your scrap FACE DOWN over the previous fabric, so that it will flip over onto the area you need to cover. Don't just lay it down where you want it to be. 

Stitch a 1/4 inch seam from the scrap's raw edge. 

Flip you fabric over to where it needs be, and press it down. There you go!

Almost finished. Time to square these babies up to the size you want. 7.5 inches is a handy hot pad size. It's also helpful to run a zigzag stitching around the edges to keep things from flapping around during your final step.

Now you're ready to bind these babies. 

And put a hanging loop on it if you want. 

I used a decorative trim that was on my desk, because I intend to hang mine on my mini wall. It's occurring to me now that it's not the best trim for actual use, because the heat may melt it. . .  Ah, well. Better choice to be made next time!  ;D


Take a look at the other projects I worked up from the "Miss Kitty's Colors" collection. If you might be interested in taking on the Henry Glass challenge, their information is included here. Don't let it intimidate you - I am just a normal private quilter, and I also had a much longer deadline than the usual 3 weeks, so I went a little crazy with my work.  :)   

This is one of my Q4 Finish Along pieces (My goal post link)

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

I'll be linking up at:



  1. Love, love, love them! This has been fun!

  2. The cute selvages are adorable....great to keep in mind as we head into the holiday gift season...cute hostess gifts etc. Thanks!

  3. I just love the paw prints in the selvages!! Hey, I might make one of these as my next giveaway for What's Cooking Wednesday at Cath@Home

  4. So pretty. THis reminds me, I need to make some more pot holders. Mine died a death last month. I never thought about them until I was sent some. They became invaluable. I just need to find someone who does Insul Bright xx

  5. Too cute to use, but adorable to hang!!

  6. Hi Lynette. Hey I see you left a comment on my baby quilt (on blog Sew It Finished). I'm not a blog administrator for that blog so can't add you, plus I think it's kinda winding down as no one seems to be posting on it anymore. Sad as I too enjoyed that blog.

  7. Wow Lynette these are so very cute xx

  8. Adorable hot pads.Lynette, I make them too QAYG and I use selvedges. My stash of the latter is exploding out of the container so I need to get busy and make something with them!

  9. Very cute! It's a good use of selvedges and I love your little cats.

  10. They are super cute! Thanks for the tutorial too.


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